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Vital Statistics


About Vital Statistics

The Division of Vital Statistics (DVS) serves as the central point for the City of Dallas’ births and deaths.

Vital records, such as birth or death certificates, are legal documents used to prove a person's identity. To receive a certified copy of a vital record or make changes to the official record, you must be a qualified applicant and submit a completed application. A completed application includes acceptable identification, the correct fees, and, in some cases, supporting documentation.

The City of Dallas’s Division of Vital Statistics compiles information about essential events during the course of someone’s life, as well as relevant characteristics both of the events and the person. For statistical purposes, vital events are those related to the life and death of individuals and their families. Collectively, this data is gathered and analyzed to provide a snapshot and insight into emerging and relevant health trends for the residents of Dallas, Texas.


Effective September 1, 2015, Chapter 191, Health and Safety Code, was amended by adding Section 191.0031 to read as follows:

Sec. 191.0031 Certified Copies By Mail.  The state registrar or a local registrar may not issue a certified copy of a record under this chapter to a person who has applied for the record by mail unless the person has provided notarized proof of identity.

Qualified Applicants

A qualified applicant is defined as the registrant, or immediate family member. Local, state and federal law enforcement or governmental agencies and legal representative may be designated as properly qualified applicants by providing legal documentation (such as a court order establishing guardianship) that demonstrates a direct, tangible interest in the vital record.

See Section 181.1 of the Texas Administrative Code

Contact Information:

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Across from City Hall)
1515 Young Street, 1st Floor
Dallas, TX 75201

Margarita A. Carrasco, Local Registrar
(214) 670-3832

For General Vital Statistics Information, call  (214) 670-3092 or email