The Vital Statistics Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services is responsible for maintaining the official record of all deaths that occur in the state of Texas. The Office of Vital Statistics maintains death records of 1903-present. You can make a request for and obtain Texas Death records if you’re related to the deceased or have a financial interest in the record. When it comes to providing certified death records to individuals, the only people that the Office of Vital Statistics considers as relatives are immediate family members.
In case you don’t fall in any of the aforementioned categories, you need to provide legal documentation such as a court order that established your relationship with the deceased. Another way for a non-immediate family member to obtain a person’s Texas death record is providing the Texas Department of State Health Services a notarized statement signed by an immediate family member of the deceased. It is important for you to keep in mind that you can obtain only the Texas Death Records of 1903-present from the Vital Statistics Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services. For pre-1903 death records, contact the National Center for Health Statistics.
Death Records are not public records so you’ll need to provide the Vital Statistics Division a copy of your Valid Photo ID to prove that you’re an eligible applicant. There are three ways for you to request for and obtain Texas Death Records: in person, by mail and online. Following is how you can obtain the death record you want via each method.
To make an in person request for the death record you need, visit the local Texas Vital Statistics Division office, provide the required information and a copy of your valid Photo ID, and pay the $20 death record fee.
A convenient way to request for the Texas death record you need is by mail. To make a mail request, complete and send the Mail Application for Death Verification letter along with the pay order or check for the fee to:
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
The easiest way to obtain the Texas death record that you need is online. You can make an online request for the death record you need by visiting the website of the Texas Department of State Health Services. If you choose to make an online request the death record you need, you can pay the fee for the record through your debit or credit card.
Another way to obtain Texas Death Records is through online public databases. You can find out more about the death records in Texas by calling at 512-776-7111.