Birth & Death Records

ATTENTION:
Friday, Dec. 28 @ 12pm through Friday, Jan. 4th, the City Clerk's office will be unable to print any birth certificates (short forms) for anyone born outside San Marcos. Anyone born outside San Marcos will need to go to the Department of State Health Services office located at the following:
Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, Texas 78756
Business #: 888-963-7111

The City of San Marcos City Clerk's Office maintains all births or deaths records that occurred within the City of San Marcos. The City Clerk's Vital Statistics Office receives, records and issues birth and death certificates, amendments to birth and death certificates, name changes, court ordered adoptions and burial transit permits.

This office also serves as a remote birth certificate printing location for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Certified birth certificates for any individual born in the State of Texas can be issued immediately upon request.

Proof of Eligibility


Each applicant must present a valid primary form of identification along with their application. If the applicant is unable to present a valid primary form of identification, 2 secondary forms of identification are required - one of which bears the applicant's signature.
Acceptable Forms of Identification for Birth and Death Certificates (PDF)
 

Death Certificates


You must be an immediate family member or listed as the informant on the death certificate.

Mail-In


You will need to mail back the following:
  • Check or money order for the fee(s) (payable to City of San Marcos)
  • Clear copy of your valid photo ID or driver's license
  • Completed application
  • Notarization form (if not included the application will not be processed)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope (we cannot mail birth certificate without the stamped envelope)

Fees

Certificate Type
Fee
Birth Certificate $23
Birth Record Search Fee (Fee charges to search for a birth certificate that is either not found or not purchased)
$22
First Death Certificate
$21
Each Additional Death Certificate
$4

Confidentiality


Birth records are confidential for 75 years. Death records are confidential for 25 years.

Please do not hesitate to contact the City Clerk's Vital Statistics Office for more information.