If you want to locate Texas Death Records, head to the Texas Vital Statistics Office, Department of State Health Services or at the specific country registrar\’s office where they were originally filed. Deaths that were filed from 1903 up until the present date can be retrieved at both offices, but deaths that were filed prior to that year can be retrieved only at the registrar\’s office.
Death documents have to exist at least 25 years before they are considered as public documents. And as part of public documents, any member of the public has the right to access them as long as they have the consent of the people, through a notarized statement, that have direct access to them such as family members. However, documents that have not reached 25 years are only accessible by the direct relatives of the dead person or anyone that has the consent from the court. If it has not reached 90 days after the person has died, a document may not be available for request yet.
There is a request form available at the Vital Statistics Office. The form can also be downloaded straight from their official website. If a person personally requests for the records at the office, he or she may get them on the same day, but in some cases, it may take 2 days or more. It costs $22 for each request and it is payable by money order, check or cash. A request may also be mailed for a fee of $20 but it will take longer to process, taking about 6 to 8 weeks. The retrieval process can be fast-forwarded but there is an additional fee. There is no refund policy even if no records are found.
Important fields that need to be filled-out on the request form include the name of the deceased, date and place of death, date they were born, etc. It is easier to locate the files if you can provide more details regarding the files. In cases where the year is not known, include a range of years to be searched.
Nowadays, public records can also be retrieved from private service providers. They have authorization from the court to provide them to the public. They are either for free or they render a certain amount of fee for their service. There are a number of service providers available on the Internet and it is just a matter of finding the right one that suits your search needs. However, be aware that there are fake service providers out there. Do a background check on them before deciding which one to use.
More people are performing a Death Search nowadays because of the ease of accessing them online. With just a computer, a connection to the Internet and knowledge of the full name of the dead person, a search can be performed wherever you feel comfortable. There is no need to wait for long periods of time because results are instantly displayed on your computer.