By Yvette Dela Torre, Deputy Local Registrar
As home to one of the nation’s largest universities, College Station has a substantial transient population. Thousands of people – including international students – call our community home for a few short years, then move on.
We’re also located along State Highway 6, which means travelers frequently stop here for gas, food, or to visit friends and family. Sometimes they even stop for emergencies such as the early birth of a child.
Married students frequently give birth in College Station, too, sometimes just before they return to their home town or country. Distracted by all the hassles of moving, they sometimes forget to obtain their newborn’s birth certificate.
In the past, that’s created a problem because they had to get the certificate in person from the City Secretary’s Office. That’s not easy to do when you’ve returned to China or India.
Thankfully, those days are over.
The City of College Station’s Vital Records Office has partnered with VitalChek Network to offer quick and secure online ordering of birth and death certificates starting Wednesday. We join cities and counties such as Austin, Arlington, San Antonio, Tarrant County, and Denton County in offering this essential service.
We only accept orders for birth and death records filed in College Station. Online orders received before 2 p.m. are processed that day. UPS overnight orders also are shipped the day they are processed, but we mail orders with regular certified return receipt postage the next business day.
VitalChek charges a fee of $12.95 and offers UPS overnight shipping for $19. The city’s fees are unchanged:
- $23 per certified copy of birth certificates.
- $21 for the first certified copy of a death certificate, and $4 for each additional copy per order.
- $8 postage fee for a certified return receipt.
- $23 search fee if we search and find no records.
You may need these certificates for things such as registering a child for school or sports, applying for credit, researching genealogy, and obtaining passports, driver licenses, and more. Our new system provides a safe, easy, and affordable way to get the vital record documents you need.
About the Blogger
Deputy Local Registrar Yvette Dela Torre is in her ninth year with the City of College Station. She has received the Five Star Exemplary Award in each of the last four years from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Yvette was one of only 33 local registers to receive the award for 2018.
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By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director
Let’s play the name game.
No, not this Name Game:
I mean the game of analyzing the trends related to the babies born in College Station in 2014.
As you might expect, it was a record year for number of births. While the final total won’t be available for a few more days, the City Secretary’s Office reports 2,460 babies born in College Station, a 14 percent increase from the previous record of 2,159 set in 2013:
Okay, back to the names. In 2013, the most popular baby names in College Station were Jason and Emma. Here’s the most popular names of 2014:
Most popular BOYS first names (more…)
College Station obviously has been growing rapidly — but the new residents haven’t all arrived from outside the city limits. Our community experienced an unprecedented baby boom in 2012 with a record 1,871 births through Friday.
Update: As of 3 p.m. Monday, we’re up to 1,883 births for 2012 with 929 girls and 954 boys!
Since many of these beautiful babies have visited the City Secretary’s Office with their parents to get a birth certificate, we’ve become adept at quickly spotting the first-time parents. While the veteran parents are proud, the first-timers always have a special glow.
And they love to take pictures.