What is the difference between a "Long" form and an "Abstract" birth certificate?

The "long" certificate includes more information on parents, time of birth, and physician's name. Passports, Indian Role Number, and some other legal situations require this form. When applying for an Indian Role Number, the certificate must come from the State of Texas at www.texas.gov.

The "abstract" state form will be accepted for anything except the situations above. The abstract contains the following information: full name, file number, date of birth, county of birth, parents' full name-includes maiden name, date certificate was filed and printed through our office.

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1. Who can request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?
2. What if I am not an immediate family member?
3. What is tangible interest?
4. What if I don't have a valid I.D. or Driver License?
5. Can I request a "copy" of my birth certificate without paying he $23 fee?
6. I was not born in Texarkana, but I was born in Texas. Can I obtain a certificate in your office?
7. What is the difference between a "Long" form and an "Abstract" birth certificate?
8. I know I was born in Texas, but there is not a record on file for me. What do I need to do?