What is the difference between a death
certificate and a death verification letter?

The difference between a Texas death verification letter versus a Texas death certificate is a Texas death verification letter is a one-page verification letter of death that is issued from the Texas Vital Statistics office in Austin, TX that is open to public record (classified as non-protected records) and as such can be ordered and obtained by any legal American citizen.

The only Texas death record information that is listed on a Texas death verification letter is the deceased person’s full name, the Texas county of where the person died, and the date of death.

Unlike a Texas death verification letter, an official raised seal certified Texas death certificate is not open to public record (classified as protected records) so only an immediate family member of the person named on the Texas death certificate (the registrant) can legally order one.

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