PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT

Birth & Death Records / Vital Statistics

Beginning June 1, 2021 the Vital Statistics office of the Waco McLennan County Public Health District will no longer be accepting birth and death applications via fax or e-mail.  Mail-in applications with a money order or check payment will continue to be accepted. Please make all checks or money orders payable to "The City of Waco" or abbreviated C.O.W. The office is open to the public with no appointment needed or you can utilize VitalChek for online ordering. 

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

No Appointment Required.    

Acceptable Forms of Identification

Effective September 1, 2015, Senate Bill 200, article 5 amended Section 191.0031 of the Texas Health and Safety Code to state that a local registrar may not issue a certified copy of a record to a person who has applied for the record by mail, fax, or email unless the person has provided a notarized proof of identity.

NOTE: A NOTARIZED PROOF OF IDENTITY IS INCLUDED ON PAGE 2 OF THE BIRTH AND DEATH APPLICATION.
THE PROOF OF IDENTITY MUST BE COMPLETED TO OBTAIN A BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATE BY MAIL, FAX OR EMAIL.

  • Local records are available from 1910 to present as well as certified copies of birth certificates for births occurring in the state of Texas from 1926 to the present.
  • Certified copies of birth certificates cost $23 each. Certified death certificates are $21 for the first copy and $4 for each additional copy.
  • Please include a photocopy of your driver's license or some proof of identification with the application.

Waco VitalChek

Online – Receive in 3 to 10 business days

  • Website link:  www.VitalChek.com.
  • Payment: You must use a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover). Processing and UPS shipping fees will be added.
  • Processing and shipping: Order processing takes about 1 to 3 business days if your request is approved, plus UPS shipping within 2 business days OR regular US mail within 7 business days.
  • Proof of identity: VitalChek may be able to verify your identity for you. If they cannot, you will be instructed to upload a copy of your current government-issued identification and proof of shipping address before your application can be processed. This will delay the processing and delivery time.

By Phone – Receive in 3 to 10 business days

  • Call: VitalChek, our secure online agent, at 1-800-457-7586.
  • Payment: You must use a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover). Processing and UPS shipping fees will be added.
  • Processing and shipping: Order processing takes about 2 to 3 business days for if your request is approved, plus UPS shipping within 2 business days OR regular US mail within 7 business days.
  • Proof of identity: VitalChek may be able to verify your identity for you. If they cannot, you will be instructed to send a copy of your current government-issued identification and proof of shipping address before your application can be processed. This will delay the processing and delivery time.

Mail to:

Vital Statistics - Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
225 W. Waco Drive
Waco, Texas 76707

Instructions for Completing  a Birth or Death Certficate Application

Application for Certified Birth and Death Records