What is the difference between a
birth certificate and a birth
verification letter?

The difference between a Texas birth verification letter versus a Texas birth certificate is a Texas birth verification letter is a one-page verification letter of birth that is issued from the Texas Vital Statistics office in Austin, TX that is open to public record (classified as non-protected records) and as such can be ordered and obtained by any legal American citizen.

The only Texas birth record information that is listed on a Texas birth verification letter is the birth child’s full name, the Texas county of where the child was born, and the date of birth.

Unlike a Texas birth verification letter, an official raised seal certified Texas birth certificate is not open to public record (classified as protected records) so only an immediate family member of the person named on the Texas birth certificate (the registrant) can legally order one.

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