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New Legislation Requiring Electronic Death Registration
House Bill 1739, which mandates electronic death registration for funeral homes and medical certifiers, was signed by the Governor on June 15, 2007, and took effect on September 1, 2007. Section 193.002 of the Texas Health & Safety Code requires the person in charge of interment or in charge of removal of a body from a registration district for disposition to file death certificates electronically as specified by the State Registrar.
Likewise, Section 193.005 requires that medical certifiers on a death certificate submit the medical certification and attest to its validity using an electronic process (currently Texas Electronic Registrar) approved by the State Registrar.
As of September 1, 2008 all funeral service providers and medical certifiers are required to file death certificates using the Texas Electronic Death Registration System.
- Convenient & 100% Online
- 24 x 7 Anywhere, Anytime Access
- Easy to Use, On-Demand
- Earn Continuing Education Credits
- Secure, Hosted Environment
- Use the Search & Reference Library as Needed
What is Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) Death Registration?
Texas Electronic Death Registration has many features that will increase the accuracy timeliness and efficiency of the death registration process.
- Texas Electronic Death Registration is an online system, only requires Internet access, and is user-friendly.
- The system corresponds to the new Certificate of Death that was implemented on January 1, 2006.
- Anyone involved in completion of the Certificate of Death can participate, even if other parties do not.
- Users may start and complete their portions of the Certificate of Death without having to wait for the other parties to complete their portions.
- Licensed funeral directors, physicians, justices of the peace, medical examiners, and local registrars may electronically sign, certify, or verify the Certificate of Death.
- An automatic request for Social Security Number verification is initiated to check if the correct SSN number is on the record, eliminating SSN-related amendments.
- A Report of Death is available electronically to the local registrar.
- Funeral directors are able to print paper copies of the Report of Death.
- The physician, justice of the peace or medical examiner is notified electronically to complete their section of the Certificate of Death.
- Medical amendments can be completed online.
Enroll in Texas Electronic Death Registration Using the Online Application Form
Register to use Texas Electronic Death Registration with the online registration form.
Enroll in Texas Electronic Death Registration Using the Fax Application Form
If you are having problems with the online request form you may also print off the fax request form, completed registration form, and fax it to 512-458-7233.
- Registration form for Funeral Homes and Mortuary Services: Download (66K Doc)
- Registration form for Physicians and Practices: Download (57K Doc)
- Registration form for Justices of the Peace and Medical Examiner Offices: Download (60K Doc)
- Registration form for Local Registrars: Download (60K Doc)
Anyone purchasing a new computer system or changing/upgrading a current system for Texas Electronic Death Registration will want to keep the following vendor preferred recommendations in mind.
- A computer with a 1.0 GHz processor or faster (Recommended but not required)
- 512MB of RAM or more (Recommended but not required)
- Windows XP operating system (Recommended but not required)
- Web Browser with Flash Player (Flash 7.0 or greater) (Flash Player can be downloaded free from the Adobe Website)
- 1024 x 768 resolution monitor (Can be adjusted using your monitor settings)
- Internet access at 56K or better (A dial-up modum can be used)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from the Adobe Website)
If you need assistance with Texas Electronic Death Registration, please send an e-mail to help-ter (@) dshs.state.tx.us
Never Sign A Death Certificate Again!