I am applying for a Texas state ID card at the DMV. I need a "U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization (N-560, N-561, N-645, N-550, N-55G, N-570 or N-578)" or one of the other documents on a list that I don't think I'll bother showing, and I was wondering if my birth certificate counted as this type of document. My birth certificate was issued from a county in the state of California.
From the Texas Department of Public Safety brochure listing the types of documents that indicate how to demonstrate "Proof of US Citizenship or Lawful Presence:"
Birth certificate or birth record issued by the appropriate State Bureau of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency from a US state or local government, a US territory, or the District of Columbia
A birth certificate issued by a county in the State of California would qualify. Note that most government agencies require a certified copy of the birth certificate be used. A certified copy will generally have an endorsement via a stamp indicating that it is a certified copy and, for California, would be available from the county vital records department.
A "U.S. Certificate of Citizenship" is for U.S. citizens born abroad. A "Certificate of Naturalization" is for people who became citizens through the naturalization process. Neither of these documents would apply to someone who was born in the United States.