What happens if I use a non-original
signature on the Designation To Obtain
a Vital Record form?
The short answer is don’t ever do this.
Your vital records application will be instantly rejected by Texas Vital Statistics and you will be out all the money you paid Birth Certificate Texas to rush file your application with the state on your behalf.
You must sign in the physical presence of a U.S notary in black or blue pen ink (no pencils, markers, crayons, or other color pen ink) your full legal name on the Texas Designation To Obtain a Vital Record form EXACTLY as it looks and how you signed your name on the ID that you are using to prove your identity to the state.
You can also hire a USA online/virtual/e-notary to electronically notarize the Designation To Obtain a Vital Record form via webcam/Zoom. If you use an e-notary you can then email the form to us and avoid the time, money, and hassle of having to mail the original form to us and you won’t have to worry about having a wet ink signature on the form.
Then you cannot use a copy or autopen of your signature on the Designation To Obtain a Vital Record. You must make an ORIGINAL (wet ink) signature or the state will automatically reject your application.
You cannot mail us a copy of the signed and notarized Designation To Obtain a Vital Record form. It must be the original form with your original signature and the notary’s original signature and stamp on it.
Below is an example of an application rejection checklist letter that Texas Vital Statistics will issue us after they have rejected your application because your signature on the Designation To Obtain a Vital Record form was a copy/autopen and not an original signature (wet ink).
(Non-Original Signature Used)