Death certificates in Texas are generally prepared by the funeral home handling the deceased person’s body. Often times the family will obtain the death certificates they need from the funeral home. The number of death certificates you will need will vary greatly depending on the amount and number of assets that the person had at the time of death. Most insurance companies, banks, & many creditors will request a death certificate. In Texas, you generally do not need a death certificate to open a probate case.
After a short time has passed, additional copies of the death certificate can only be obtained from the Texas Department of State Health Services. These can be ordered by mail or online at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vs/reqproc/deathcert.shtm.