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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.

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According to Texas law, immediate family members include:

  • The deceased’s child
  • A parent of the deceased
  • Brother/sister of the deceased
  • Spouse of the deceased
  • A grandparent of the deceased

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.

How To Obtain Certified Texas Death Records

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.

How To Obtain Texas Death Records Via Mail

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:

Texas Department of State Health Services

P.O. Box 12040

Austin, TX 78711-2040

How To View Texas Death Records Online

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.

Texas Death Records

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36 responses to “Texas Death Records

  1. All I want to know is if my friend has passed away- without calling her parents just straight out asking them. She has been sick with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease for quite a while and it has been a while since I have checked on her. I just want to know if she is still alive that’s all. I have been online for over 2 hours trying to get an answer to this question…her name is Deborah Whitworth (maiden name) and her parents are George & Marilyn Whitworth, who still live in Austin,Texas. Debbie would be 61 if she is still alive but I have no idea. Please help me.

    1. We don’t show any information about Alvis Gene Maness in our Texas death records database. You can also contact the Texas Department of State Health Services as they manage the death records in the state of Texas.

      How to Verify Someone’s Death in Texas

      1. Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services online
      2. Go to the Vital Records Verification page
      3. Request a copy of a Texas Death Certificate
      4. Provide photo ID and pay the fee
      5. Processing time takes 10-15 days

      You can also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services in person. See their address and hours below.

      Texas Department of State Health Services Address

      1100 West 49th Street
      Austin, TX 78756

      Phone: 1-888-963-7111

  2. trying to find gravesite of my Aunt Josephine Suarez who passed away 01/27/1995 in San Antonio, Texas.
    thank You Sandra Jankowski

    1. We do not have the death records for Josephine Suarez in our death records database. You can also check with the Texas Department of Health and Vital Records as they manage the state’s death records.

  3. Trying to verify details surrounding my cousin’s death in TX. All we are being told is that “no one knows what happened” but that he was ran over. There are no media reports and we haven’t been able to obtain an accident report. Is there a way to verify the cause of death without requesting the certificate? Something doesn’t add up about this story.

    1. Your best bet to locate the cause of death of an individual in Texas is to contact the Texas Department of State Health Services. Unfortunately we won’t have that type of information in our Texas death record database. Below is the phone number to the Texas Death Records Registrar where you might be able to find out more about your cause of death inquiry.

      Texas Death Records Registrar Phone Number


  4. Trying to find out the height and weight of my former brother – in – law, Darrell Wayne Mulford, who died April 2,2001, in Irving, Texas. This is to help prove the innocence of his son, my nephew, Gregory Wayne Mulford.

  5. I am helping a friend research her family history. She knows she was adopted at birth, and has her adoption papers. Both her biological parents are deceased. What does she need to provide to get copies of their birth, marriage, and death certificates. (she is in her 30s, dad died in 2005, mom in 2017) thanks.

  6. I am trying to find out if my sister-in-law has died. She lived in San Antonio. Her son, my nephew, died in Oct and we can’t locate her to tell her. I sent her a letter but it came back as undeliverable. Her name is Deloris Jean Gibbs. She would be in her 80s. We always kept in touch but haven’t heard from her past year and don’t know if she passed or is living in a nursing home. I can’t find obituaries or any information online. The phone number I have for her says no longer in service.

    1. We don’t show any death records for Deloris in our Texas vital records database. A good option for you to find out if Deloris Gibbs has passed away is to contact the Texas Department of Health Services. They are the state agency that collects, manages and archives Texas vital records. These vital records include death records, birth records and marriage records. Below is their contact information for your convenience.

      Texas Department of Health Services Phone Number


  7. Attempting to find out if my lifelong friends mother has passed away. Her family will not respond to any of her inquiries. There is bad blood in the family but my friend has the right to know if her mother has passed away.
    Amy information of obituaries, burial location, & cause of death would be greatly appreciated.

  8. I am trying to find out if my cousin, Dana McKinney is still alive or not. She is mentally disabled and the last I knew, she was in a group home in Abilene, TX. Her Dad’s name was Wilton and her mother”s name was Nadine. Dana was born on July 17, 1946

    1. Our Texas death record database does not show any death records for Dana McKinney with the age you mentioned but some of the dates are missing on these death records. That being said, did she have a middle name we can cross-reference? Another option to finding out if your cousin has passed away is to contact the Texas Department of State Health Services, you can visit their website and verify a Texas death record online. This process takes a few weeks to receive a verification letter by mail. You might consider calling the TDSHS and inquiring if you just need to know and not a Texas death verification letter.

      Verify a Texas Death Record By Phone

      To verify a Texas Death Record by phone call the Texas Department of State Health Services @ 1-800-735-2989

  9. I am trying to ascertain if the following person died in Texas.
    Her name is Juanita Shaughnessy and may have died in 2018.

    1. We don’t show any recent Texas death records with that first and last name. We do show TX death records for a person with this name from 2012 but that’s not the person you’re referring to.

      That being said, you can also reach out to the Texas Department of State Health Services as they are the managing state agency for vital records, which include death records.

  10. My elderly friend just passed away. I have power of attorney as of September 2018 until 2020. Can I get a death certificate even though I’m not related?

  11. Trying to find death record of husbands grandmother sometimes between 1902-1904 . Her name is Mary Ann (Mollie or Pollie Fleming) Langley. Her parents were Elam and Nancy Fleming from Georgia. Husband was Daniel Boone Langley. Lived in Dallas or Kaufman Co.. Also trying to find birth record of my husband father, Howard Langley born in
    Dallas on Mar. 4th 1904, On Ancestry.com Military record shows Mar. 4th 1902.

    1. Unfortunately these are much older Texas death record than we have in our database. Our records typically only go back around 50 years. You might consider contacting the Texas state archives, the Texas Department of Health or Genealogy websites to dig up these old Kentucky public records.

    1. Our Texas records indicate there is a Texas Class C Misdemeanor from another law enforcement agency. We don’t show the exact criminal charges associated with this Class C Violation. Typically these violations mean there is only a fee and usually no jail time. It’s often the case that Class C Misdemeanors in Texas are associate with traffic citations.

  12. I am trying to find out cause of death for my lifelong friend Kennon Byron Beard dob 11/15/68, died 7/22/18. I was very very much closer to him than his sister, his only surviving relative, whom hated him and I. I talked to him and the next day he was found dead. I just want to know what happened, we were like brothers.

    1. Charles, our Texas death record resources won’t have the cause of death but a death certificate from the Texas Department of State Health Services will. Typically it’s only the immediate family that can obtain a copy of a death certificate so you might want to call them up to see if they’ll give you the cause of death of your friend. The Texas DSHS phone number is 1-800-735-2989

  13. I was told my dad died his name is Jerry wayne lee his birthday is December 20 1953 I dont live in the same state as him can u confirm this

    1. Tonya, we don’t show any record of your father’s death in our Texas vital records database. Sometimes these records are delayed when becoming publicly available. You might want to reach out to the Texas Department of Health and verify this information. They manage all the Texas death records, birth records and marriage records. Their phone number is 1-800-735-2989

  14. I am trying to find record of my uncles death. I don\’t even know where he is buried or creamated.The woman he married would not tell his family anything. His name is Donald lee Wilson lived at 1441 arvel cir azle texas. He was born June 2 1932. I think the year was 2013

    1. Carla, we don’t have a record of your uncle’s death unfortunately. Since you are family you can reach out to the Texas Department of Public Health and request a copy of your Uncle’s death record or a death verification. You can visit their website @ dshs.texas.gov or call them @ 888-963-7111.

  15. My Mother Delone Tafoya passed away on September 2, 2018 and I have not received a death certificate yet. I don’t know how long it takes and why does it take so long? I was told by the funeral home that she choked on a grape and had Alzheimer’s. I am her daughter.

    1. Lorrie, Texas death certificates can sometimes take a while before being sent out depending on a multitude of factors however, since this Texas death record was from more than a year ago, you might want to reach out to the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can visit the dshs.texas.gov website here or call them @ 432-683-9492 to request a copy of your mother’s Texas death certificate

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Last Updated: December 9, 2017

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