Vital Records

The mission of the Vital Records office is to collect, protect and provide access to vital records and vital records data to improve the health and well-being in Texas.

The City of Port Arthur Vital Statistics Unit maintains vital records for the state of Texas, including:
  • Birth and death certificates
  • Fetal death records

Updated - Revised Polices in Response to Supreme Court Ruling


The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is implementing revised policies and will also amend certain vital events forms and records in response to the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell and the July 7, 2015, U.S. District Court ruling in DeLeon. The revised policies have been updated (as of August 24, 2015). For additional information visit the DSHS website.