Death Certificates

Death Certificates

Records Building - 500 Elm Street, Suite 2100, Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 653-7099 • Fax: (214) 653-7176
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (except for Court Approved Holidays)

IMPORTANT: Post COVID-19 Processes

Because of social distancing and new occupancy order, only the person who requires assistance to obtain a vital record will be allowed in the office unless you are assisting the elderly.



New laws effecting the purchase of Death Records September 1, 2015

Health and Safety Code 191.0031Certified copies by mailThe state registrar may not issue a certified copy of a record under this chapter to a person who has applied for the record by mail unless the person has provided notarized proof of identity in accordance with rules adopted by the executive commissioner of the health and Human Service Commission. The rules require the issuer of the certified copy to verify the notarization using the records of the secretary of state under Section 406.012, Government Code.

Effective June 1, 2015 the Dallas County Clerk's Offices will no longer accept the Matricula Consular Card as verification of identity for purchase of death certificates or for obtaining confidential records.

Obtaining and completing an application for a certified copy of a death certificate:

For a list of acceptable forms of identification click here.

Para obtener una lista de formas aceptables de identificacion, haga clic aqui.

Individuals requesting or picking up a death certificate must be qualified applicants. Qualified applicants consist of immediate family member by blood or spouse, legal guardian (provide documentation), or legal representative of the family (provide documentation). See Section 181.1(13) of the Texas Administrative Code for what qualifies as an immediate family member.

Anyone other than the qualified applicants must have a signed (original) statement written by one of the above qualified applicants authorizing them (naming them) to pick up the death certificate. All third party statements of authorization must be notarized. The statement should be signed by an immediate family member. The statement must give permission to Dallas County Vital Division to release a certified copy of the certificate to the individual name in the notarized statement. The statement must also identify the individual by their full name. The notarized statement must also identify the type of certificate (ex. birth or death) that is to be released. Both parties must submit a valid form of identification. See Section 181.28 of the Texas Administrative Code for a list of acceptable forms of identification.

***If the Death occurred within the City Limits of Dallas you will need to contact the City of Dallas Vital Statistics Office at 214-670-3248***

Death Certificates are only available for the following Dallas County Cities:

AddisonCoppellGlenn HeightsLancasterSachse
Balch SpringsDeSotoGrand Prairie (1996-Present)Las ColinasSeagoville
Carrollton (1996-Present)DuncanvilleHighland ParkMesquiteSunnyvale
Cedar HillFarmers BranchHutchinsRichardson (1996-Present)University Park
Cockrell HillRowlettWilmer/Wylie

Death Certificates are NOT available for the following hospitals:

  • Baylor Dallas Medical Center
  • Methodist Medical Center
  • Charlton Methodist Hospital
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Children’s Medical Hospital
  • Presbyterian of Dallas
  • Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical
  • Renaissance Hospital Dallas
  • Doctors Hospital
  • St. Paul Medical Center
  • Lakepoint Hospital (Rowlett County)
  • Medical City Dallas
  • Trinity Medical (None Before-1996)
  • UT Southwestern
Form NameFormat
Application For A Certified Copy Of Death CertificateDownloadable Forms

The following information is required:

  • Full name as appears on death record
  • Date and Place of death
  • Your relationship to person named on certificate
  • Your mailing address
  • Purpose of record
  • In writing you will need to send a notarized copy of your valid government issued I. D.
  • In person you will need to provide your original valid government issued I. D.

The cost is $21.00 for the first copy and an additional $4.00 for each copy of the same certificate order at the same time.

We do not accept personal checks. Make money order payable to John F. Warren, Dallas County Clerk.
Please do not send cash through the mail.
Turnaround time is 2 to 4 weeks if the application is sent via mail. For more information, please call


Mailing address:
Dallas County Clerk's Office
Attn: Vital Division
Records Building
500 Elm St., Ste. 2100
Dallas, TX 75202

Payment Options:

We do not accept personal checks.

For your convenience, we have provided the following payment options:

*Credit/Debit cards:
We accept credit cards
*Money Order
(Made payable to John F. Warren, Dallas County Clerk.)

The above information is required by Texas Administrative Code. 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 1-888-963-7111.

For additional questions or concerns, you may email