To request a copy of a Birth or Death Record:
Only a qualified applicant with the proper identification may obtain a copy of a vital record.  Vital records may be requested by
coming to our offices at 808 Hwy 77-A South in Yoakum or by mail using the birth/death certificate application.  If you choose to
complete the application online and mail it into us, please read the instructions carefully to ensure timely processing of your request.
We do not recommend mailing vital records for security purposes; if they must be mailed, we suggest using a trackable
method such as certified mail, fedex, ups, etc.  For mailing options, please contact our office as additional fees will apply.
Fee rates are set by the Texas Board of Health and are not mandated by the Texas Legislature. For any search where a record is not
found, the fee(s) paid are not refundable.
AS THE LOCAL REGISTRAR’S OFFICE, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE AN APPLICANT AT ANY TIME.  Details of
a qualified applicant and identification requirements are located within the links below.
IMPORTANT NOTICES
Passport Information through the U.S. Passport Office

NEW Passport Requirements

Houston Texas Passport Agency

Find Your Local Passport Acceptance Facility

Texas Department of State Health Services - Vital Statistics
Identity Theft
Informational Links

Federal Trade
Commission

Justice

U.S. Social Security
Administration
8.4 million adults were
victims of identity theft in
2007.

The total cost of identity
theft in 2007 was $49.3
billion dollars.

Nearly 85% of all victims of
identity theft find out about
their identity theft case in a
negative manner.

Unauthorized access to
checking accounts is the
fastest growing form of
identity theft.

On average, 49% of
individuals are unaware that
their identity has been stolen.

16% of victims state that it
was someone they  know
stole their identity.
The above statistics were
obtained from the Privacy
Rights Clearing House
website.
www.privacyrights.org.
Mexican Matricula Consular and/or Mexican Electoral Cards, Foreign Birth
Records, International Drivers License and Non-Citizen social security cards
WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
AS IDENTIFICATION FOR BIRTH AND/OR DEATH RECORD REQUESTS

Tarjetas de Matricula Mexicano Consular y Tarjetas de Electorales Mexicano NO
Seran Acceptados para partidas de nacimiento o de muerte.
Vital Records
808 Hwy 77-A South
PO Box 738
Yoakum, TX 77995
Phone #:  (361) 293-6321
Fax #:  (361) 293-3318
Questions/Concerns?
Contact us at
(361) 293-6321 or send an
email to
tbowe@cityofyoakum.org
A BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS A VALUABLE LEGAL DOCUMENT.  DO NOT LOSE OWNERSHIP OF A BIRTH CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY A
STATE, LOCAL, OR COUNTY AGENCY.

If a school, sports league, medical facility or other organization desires proof of birth; it is essential that you present the birth certificate for
viewing as proof of birth, age and/or relationship ONLY.  The requesting organization should NOT make a copy or keep a copy due to the amount
of private information.  Some government agencies such as the Social Security Administration or Passport Office require documents to be
submitted with the application but later will return all such documentation to the owner.
A birth certificate can only be issued 10 times within that individuals lifetime (Title 25, Texas Administrative Code).

PLEASE NOTE:  A hospital issued certificate of birth is not a legal document and generally is not accepted as proof of birth.
Vital Record Application
In order to view these forms/files, you must download
Adobe Reader.  
Fees For Vital Records

Birth Certificates (Search or Issued Certificate)
$23.00 each

Election Identification Birth Certificate (Search or Issued Certificate)
See description of this type of birth certificate at the bottom of this page
$3.00 each

Death Certificates (Search or Issued Certificate)
$21.00 for 1st copy & $3.00 for each additional copy
obtained at the
same time on the same individual

Fee rates are set by the Texas Board of Health and are not mandated by the
Texas Legislature. For any search where a record is not found, the search fee
is NOT refundable or transferable
EIBC Application
An Election Identification Birth Certificate (EIBC) is a type of birth certificate that can only be used for obtaining an Election ID
Card from the Texas Department of Public Safety.  This certificate may only be issued once in a person’s lifetime and cannot be used
for identification purposes.  The following statement will print on this certificate: “FOR ELECTION PURPOSES ONLY CANNOT BE
USED AS IDENTIFICATION”.
Only the person seeking an Election Identification Certificate can obtain their own birth
certificate.   No family member or otherwise qualified applicants will be able to obtain a birth certificate subject to the waiver
of fees on behalf of other persons.