Vital Statistics (Birth & Death Records)

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Applications

Birth Certificates


Bedford offers full record/long form certified copies of Bedford births from 1972 to the present and abstracted certified copies of all Texas births from 1926 to the present. You must complete an application and provide your current identification to obtain certified copies. Please see the option above to print an application.

Death Certificates


We offer certified copies of Bedford deaths only from 1972 to the present. You must complete an application and provide your current identification to obtain certified copies. Please see the option above to print an application.

Please call Austin toll free at 888-963-7111 for death records filed in Texas cities other than Bedford. You may call us at 817-952-2112 for information regarding birth and death records filed in other states or on U.S military bases.

Attention Funeral Homes & Mortuary Services


We no longer process death certificate orders between the hours of 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. unless you have an urgent request. You may call either 817-952-2124 or 817-952-2136 to make arrangements.

After-Hours Burial/Transit Permits


Please call Police Dispatch at 817-952-2127 and they will notify someone in vital statistics to help you.

Payment Forms Accepted


In person, cash, money orders, MasterCard and Visa debit or credit are accepted. For mail requests, we accept cashier checks, money orders, MasterCard and Visa debit or credit. All faxed requests require MasterCard or Visa debit or credit cards.

Identification Required


As of September 1, 2015, the State requires all faxed or mail requests for certified copies of birth and/or death records be accompanied by notarized proof of identity. You must send a photocopy of your identification and the Notarized Proof of ID Form (PDF) with each birth and/or death certificate application. By State mandate, we will process no request without identification.

Availability, Confidentiality & Fees

Type of Information
Birth Certificate Death Certificate
Availability  - Full record certified copies for Bedford births only from 1972 to the present
 - Remote Abstract System: Texas births for adults born after 1926 and children at least 1 month old
Bedford deaths only from 1972 to present
Confidentiality 75 years 25 years
Fees $23 each – limited to 10 copies in a lifetime First is $21; each extra is $4 if ordered at same time – no limit on issuance