Certified Birth or Death Certificates in Harris County, Texas
A step by step how to guide on acquiring a certified birth or death certificate in Harris County, TX
Birth and Death CertificatesI routinely request my clients obtain either birth or death certificates. Complete birth and death records are critical for determining heirship when dealing with intestate deaths. Additionally, administrations routinely require a death certificate. Accordingly, it is important to know how to request such documents. This will save you time and money when working with an attorney, something my clients always appreciate!
Harris County FormFortunately, Harris County has a convenient form to request a certified birth or death certificate.
Birth records are confidential for 75 years and death records are confidential for 25 years. Accordingly, there are two parts to the form: the application and the notarized proof of identification, which limits who can access the records.
1. Fill out the application. To do so, you will need to know the decedent's full name, their date of death, the place of their death (town, county, state, etc) and their parents' identities. Additionally, you as applicant will need to provide your address and other contact information. Once filled out, sign the application. Be sure to check the box for death certificate and to indicate the number of certified copies requested.
2. Fill out the notarized proof of identification. This will include the information you included in the application regarding the decedent, as well as your own address, relationship to the decedent, and contact information. DO NOT SIGN THE FORM YET.
3. Take the notarized proof of identification to a notary and sign in front of the notary.
4. Pay fees. The Harris County Clerk's office does NOT accept cash or personal checks. Calculate the fees (each death certificate = $21.00) and obtain either a cashier's check or a money order made out to the Harris County Clerk.
5. Include identification. You must include a photocopy of your identification card, driver's license, U. S. passport, or other official identification method with the application.
6. Mail the signed application, the notarized proof of identification, the fee in either a cashier's check or money order made out to the Harris County Clerk, and a photocopy of your identification card to the Office of Stan Stanart, County Clerk, Harris County, Texas P.O. Box 1525, Houston, TX 77251-1525