Open Public Record Act:

The Texas Public Information Act grants the public the right to access government information. However, not all government information can be made public. If the governmental body believes that a record must be withheld, you will need to submit a written request to the Attorney General for a ruling.

Birth Records:

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Section maintains records of births that have occurred in the state. Only immediate family members and legal representatives (legal documentation required) can request for a certified copy of a birth that have occurred within the past 75 years. Requests can be submitted in person, online, or by mail. You will need to provide a valid photo ID, a completed application form, and the appropriate fee.

Marriage Records:

Certified copies of marriage licenses cannot be obtained through the Vital Statistics Section of the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can only obtain certified copies of these records from the county clerk’s office in the county where the marriage license was issued.

You can get a marriage verification from this office of marriages that have occurred in Texas since 1966. Requests for a marriage verification can be submitted to this office. You will need to submit a completed application form and the appropriate fee ($20).

Divorce Records:

Certified copies of divorce decrees cannot be obtained through the Vital Statistics Section of the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can only obtain certified copies of these records from the district clerk’s office in the county where the divorce was granted.

You can get a divorce verification from this office of divorces that have occurred in Texas since 1968. Requests for a divorce verification can be submitted to this office. You will need to submit a completed application form and the appropriate fee ($20).

Death Records:

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Section maintains records of deaths that have occurred in the state. Only immediate family members and legal representatives (legal documentation required) can request for a certified copy of a death record that has occurred within the past 25 years. Requests can be submitted in person, online, or by mail. You will need to provide a valid photo ID, a completed application form, and the appropriate fee.

Missing People:

The Texas Department of Public Safety operates a Missing and Unidentified Persons Online Bulletin along with the Texas DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse. You can search the bulletins for missing persons in Texas. Each bulletin shows the missing person’s photo if available as well as description and other information regarding the circumstances of his/her disappearance.

Elected Officials:

A list of the statewide elected officials of Texas can be found on the official website of the Texas Secretary of State. Each office shows the individual holding the office, the expiration of his/her term, party, and mailing address. Also included is the link to the elected official’s website.

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