Sunday, September 30, 2012

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By Claire Dowell

Knowing about the death of a person that we know is one of the saddest news that we can get. Sad as it may be, such incidents has to be documented as mandated by the government of Texas. The Department of Health Services is where the Texas death records are archived for the use of the public.

Death records in Texas are used in a number of reasons. It is one of the important documents required when processing legal matters like insurance claim and transfer of title. The death certificate is one of the documents needed when the spouse left has a plan to remarry. In general, it is used when doing a genealogy research.

A lot of information can be obtained from the death certificate of a deceased individual. It consists of the basic information about the deceased such as the name as well as the date and place of birth. Information about the death of an individual is detailed on the document. Such information includes where and when the person died. One can also find the cause of death of the individual on the file. Included on the certificate are the names of the family members that were left by the individual. Additional information can also be found on the records such as the funeral details.

The state of Texas does not allow just about anybody to retrieve a death certificate. Only the immediate family members of the deceased are allowed to get a copy of the death certificate. One will be asked to present a valid identification when requesting for a copy of the file. Driver's license, Military ID and student ID are just examples of valid identification needed when requesting for a death certificate at the office of the Department of Health Services. It would cost $20 to request for a single copy of the document. Requesting for another copy means additional cost of $3. One will be required to provide their personal information as well as the basic information of the record they are trying to retrieve. It would take the office at most 2 hours when requesting it directly from the office of the Department of Health Services.

Another way to obtain the death certificate of an individual to write a letter of request addressed to the office of the Department of Health Services. This method takes up to 15 days and can even cost more than the usual way. One has the option to choose the provider they prefer.

The fastest and most convenient method of filing the request is by doing it over the Internet. Using the Internet for the retrieval of the record is the one preferred by many. The request can be done anywhere as long as there is Internet access. Death records can be obtained with just a few clicks within seconds. One can also choose from a free search or a paid search.

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