Texas Vital Record Laws at a Glance
Birth Records: Chapter 1192 (Senate Bill No.
861), 78th Legislature, Regular Session (2003) took effect on September
1, 2003. The birth records in the Texas Department of Health database become public information and available to
the public on and after the 75th anniversary of the date of birth as shown
on the record filed with the Bureau of Vital Statistics or local registration
Death Records: Death records become public
information after the 25th anniversary of the date of death as shown on
the record filed with the Bureau of Viatal Statistics or local registration
Marriage and Divorce Records: Both are considered
public records and have no time restrictions.
|Note: Only the Texas Department of Health databases are restricted by the 2003 law.
The use of birth and death records submitted by individuals, gathered from death certificates,or newspapers are not restricted.
If you have records to share, please contact me. ~ Susan
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