Texas Vital Statistics


This course describes the death registration process in Texas and provides instructions for completing and filing death certificates along with related permits.

A death certificate is a permanent legal record of an individual's death and is extremely important to the family of the deceased person. The information recorded on the death certificate is used to apply for insurance benefits, to settle pension claims, and to transfer title of real and personal property. Information recorded on a death certificate provides evidence of the fact of death and can be produced as evidence in a court of law.

Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • understand how to fill out and electronically file a death certificate in Texas
  • describe when the medical examiner, justice of the peace, or attending physician will certify a death
  • understand the line-by-line instructions to follow when completing a certificate of death

Designed For

Funeral professionals at all levels of experience

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