Qualified Applicant

Under Texas Law birth records are confidential for seventy-five(75) years and death records are confidential for twenty five(25) years and can be obtained only by qualified applicants.

A qualified applicant is defined as the registrant, or immediate family member either by blood or marriage, his or her guardian or his or her legal representative. Local, state and federal law enforcement or governmental agencies and other persons may be designated as properly qualified applicants by demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record when information in the record is necessary to implement a statutory provision or to protect a personal legal property right. A properly qualified applicant may also be any person who has submitted an application for a request to release personal information and has been approved as outlined in the Health and Safety Code, Section 181.11. relating to Requests for Personal Data.