New Locations for New Student Birth Certificates

Most school districts require a birth certificate for initial enrollment. The City of Houston is making it easier to get one in the weeks leading up to the start of the school year. Rod Rice reports.
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services will provide the birth certificates at five locations around the city next month. You can find the locations and hours of operation by calling 3-1-1.

"There are satellite offices to the Bureau of Vital statistics and they're set up at multi-service centers or health centers throughout town."

The health department's Porfirio Villarreal says these locations are for documents of children born in Houston.

"Now, if the children are born in other cities within the state of Texas they can come to the main offices of the Houston Department of Health and Human Service and those are at 8000 North Stadium."

Each birth certificate will cost $23.00 and only checks and money orders will be accepted at the satellite locations. You'll get the certificate in 30-60 minutes depending on how busy they are.

Villarreal says to get a birth certificate you must be a parent, legal guardian or immediate family member.

"And they do need to present a valid ID. It can be a driver's license, a military ID, any governmental ID, anything that's officially given and that has a photo ID."

It is not necessary to take the child with you.
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