Vital Statistics Partners
Important Notice: Draft contracts for remote site issuance locations whose contracts are expiring on August 31st, 2023, shall be disseminated to all applicable local jurisdictions over the coming weeks. To ensure appropriate time for review and signature, please ensure response is returned to DSHS VSS by June 20th, 2023. For additional information, please contact DSHS VSS Field Services at VSSBusinessServices@dshs.texas.gov.
Reminders to Medical Certifiers
Reminders to medical certifiers can now be sent before the medical designation is accepted.
Select function > Demographic Data Entry > Display the record > Click on the Record Dropdown Menu > Select Reminder to Medical Certifier
Birth Registration Course (BRC)
The Birth Registration Certification (BRC) course is now live! Per Texas Administrative Code a "birth registrar may not complete any aspect of the birth registration process without holding a current certification". (TAC, Rule 181.52)
Birth Registrars are required to renew this certification every 2 years. This certification is required for anyone who registers births, such as hospitals, birthing centers, and midwives.
All birth registrars will need to complete the Birth Registrar Certification course to remain compliant with Texas Administrative Code. Access the Learning Portal training.
TxEVER Amendments Electronic Filing
Hospitals, Midwives, and Funeral Homes are now able to submit amendment applications through TxEVER for records they reported in TxEVER. This also applies to disinterment permits for funeral homes. Download the user guides.
Local registrars will receive the amendments in their local print queue. Note that disinterment permits for Texas records will result in amendments that will also appear in the local print queue.
We have made some important changes to Fetal Death Reporting in TxEVER. Updated guides and an overview of the changes can be found on our funeral home partner page.
For deaths due to COVID-19, report COVID-19 in Cause of Death – Part I on the Medical 2 tab. Report other chronic conditions that may have contributed (e.g., COPD, asthma) in Cause of Death – Part II on the Medical 2 tab. View CDC guidance to medical certifiers on reporting COVID-19 deaths.
For funeral homes to print the Burial Transit Permit (BTP) as quickly as possible, the medical certifier only needs to accept medical designation in TxEVER, then select and save "Natural" as the manner of death. The medical certifier can later return and complete the death certificate within the required 5 days after medical designation. Look here for more details Steps for Medical Certifier for Burial Transit Permit.
TxEVER may be unavailable for regular monthly IT maintenance on Sunday nights from 9:00 pm through 11:00 pm.