Death records maintained by the Clerk and the
Bureau of Vital Statistics are closed to public inspection, with the
exception of death records that have reached the 25th anniversary of the date
of death as shown on the record. The county death records date back to around
1860; however, we presently do not have all the death records for events that
happened in the City of Terrell,
Terrell is also a local Registrar. Those certificates that we don't possess
can be located at the City of Terrell.
For information on Terrell deaths, you will need to call 972-551-6619.
For genealogical search information, contact the
Genealogy Collection at the State Archives Library at 512-463-5463.
Other Useful Link:
Kaufman County TX GenWeb Project Site
Because death records are protected by state law,
you must be a qualified applicant in order to receive a death certificate.
The following may apply for a Death Certificate:
* The parents, sibling, spouse, grandparent, legal
guardian or managing conservator of the registrant.
* Legal representative, agent or other person acting under contract for the
registrant. A letter of permission and copy of identification from the
registrant must be provided.
* Any one else must have a signed (original) statement authorizing them
(naming them) to pick up the death certificate. This statement must include a
copy of your government issued ID. The person named in your request must
present their original government issued ID also. The form that can be used
for authorization "Designation Document" can be found below in the
An applicant must provide all necessary information
and show proper identification prior to obtaining the certificate.
following information is required:
- Full name as it
appears on death record
- Date and Place of
- Your relationship to
person named on the certificate
- Your Name and mailing address
- Purpose of record
- Valid identification
(Photo ID preferred)
- Appropriate fee. Accepted forms of
payment are: cash, check, money order, or credit card.
information is required by the
Administrative Code Sec. 181.28 http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/
Death records are considered confidential information; therefore, all
requirements must be met. If you are unable to meet the requirements, please
contact the State Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin. The toll-free phone number is (888)
963-7111. The fax number is (512) 458-7506.
to Purchase a Death Certificate
- Download the
attached Death Certificate Application (see below) or obtain application
- Complete and sign
- Provide necessary
identification and pay appropriate fee.
- Application will be
processed and Death Certificate (if available) will be provided
- Download the
attached Death Certificate Application (see below), or send a letter
which includes all of the information required.
- Include a legible
return address and daytime telephone number.
- Complete and sign
the application, mail with a copy of valid Id and appropriate fee to:
100 W. Mulberry
Kaufman, TX 75142
- . Proper
identification and a check or money order, payable to the Laura Hughes
County Clerk, must accompany the Death Certificate Application or
written request. Please do not send cash through the mail.
application will be processed and Death Certificate will be mailed
within 7 business days.
- The fee for a Death
Certificate is $21.00 for the 1st certified copy and $4 for each
additional certified copy.
of Payments Accepted
- Cash (for your
protection, please don't mail cash!)
- Check or Money Order
- Made payable to Laura Hughes County Clerk
- Credit Card (Visa,
MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
Must include a daytime
phone number if you are paying by credit card.
Death Certificate Application
For a complete list of forms and instructions on
downloading please visit our Forms page. The forms
you print and use must be clear and sharp. Applications that are blurred or
illegible will not be accepted. They must be printed in black print on white
paper. The paper must be 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, with no holes or
perforations, at least medium (20 lb.) weight, and with a matte surface.
Thermal paper, special inkjet paper, and other shiny-papers are not