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Birth Certificates

Can you obtain a certified birth certificate at City Hall?

Yes. We can print short form birth certificates for any birth that occurred in the State of Texas. 

Who can obtain a birth certificate?
For births within the past 75 years, only the immediate family members of the person whose name is on the birth certificate are eligible to request a copy. Immediate family members include child, parent/guardian, spouse, sibling, and grandparent. 
How much does a birth certificate cost?
Birth certificates are $23 per copy. If you would like a protector cover, those are available for an additional $3. 
What documents do I need to obtain a birth certificate?
You will need to fill out a Birth & Death Application form that is located on this page. We will also require a valid photo ID. If you do not have an ID, please contact City Hall for a list of acceptable IDs. 903.693.3868
I live in another state. How do I get my birth certificate from Texas?
If you were born in the city limits of Carthage, we should have your birth record on file. If you were born in the county, the Panola County Courthouse will have your record. If you were not born in Panola County, you will need to contact the county you were born in or use the Texas Department of State Health Services website to order one.
Can I order a birth certificate through the mail?
Yes. Please fill out the Birth / Death Application form that is located on this page, and send a check or money order payable to the City of Carthage. The form must be notarized and a copy of your valid ID sent with it. Orders are processed on the day they are received.

Death Certificates

Who can obtain a death certificate?
For deaths within the past 25 years, only the immediate family members of the person whose name is on the death certificate are eligible to request a copy. Immediate family members include child, parent/guardian, spouse, sibling, and grandparent. 
How much does a death certificate cost?
$21 for the first copy and $4 for any additional copies
Can I obtain a death certificate for any death in Texas?
No. We only have access to the death records that occurred in the city limits of Carthage. If the death occurred in the county, you will need to contact the Panola County Clerk at 903.693.0302
Can I order a death certificate through the mail?
Yes. Please fill out the Birth / Death Application form that is located on this page, and send a check or money order payable to the City of Carthage. The form must be notarized and a copy of your valid ID sent with it. Orders are processed on the day they are received.