Death Certificates FAQs

Here are some common questions that you may have about ordering a death certificate.

Q: Why should I use TX-DPS.com to order a death certificate.

A. We have been in business since 2004 and have death certificate specialist on hand to help you through the process of applying for a death certificate.  This not always the easiest process and only one small mistake can cause an applicant to get a rejection letter.  Our specialists review all applications to ensure all information is supplied correctly.  Additionally we review the death certificates received from the state to ensure they are correct based on the applications that are submitted.  If not, we work directly we the state vitals office to remedy the situation.

Q: What information is included on the Death Certificate?

A: Many important pieces of information are included on a death certificate including the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and location of death
  • Age of the deceased
  • Gender, race, and marital status of the deceased
  • Hospital name or institution in which they died
  • Cause of death
  • Address of the deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of the deceased person’s parents
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Date and place of burial

Q: Who can request a certified copy of a death certificate?

A: For deaths within the past 25 years, only the immediate family members to the person whose name is on the  death certificate are eligible to request a copy. All others who are not immediate family members to this person must provide legal documentation, such as a court order establishing guardianship.

Q: Who is considered an immediate family member?

A:   The following relationships by blood or marriage are considered to be immediate family members: self, child, parent, sister, brother, grandparent, spouse or individual with legal representation of person on record.

Q: What is the fee for a death certificate?

A: If you’re needing a death certificate expedited, place your order online for $55.00 plus shipping. When you order the record directly from the state by regular mail, you will pay only $20 but will have to wait for 5-8 weeks before receiving it.

Q: What is a valid form of identification?

A: To order your death certificate, you will need to provide one of the following: State-issued driver’s license, state/city/county ID card, student ID, government employment badge or card, prison ID, or a military ID (front and back).

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