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Electronic Death Certificate Registration

If you're a physician and you will EVER be called upon to sign a death certificate, state law requires you to register with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to file the certificate electronically.

You cannot wait until a death has occurred in order to register; that’s too late, because it takes DSHS seven to ten business days to process new enrollments.

If you end up having to complete a paper death certificate because you didn’t timely register for electronic filing, the Texas Medical Board may take action based on the violation.

To register for electronic filing
, follow this link to Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) Death Registration

If you have problems registering
, send an email to or call the TER Help Desk line at (512) 776-3490 or 1-888-963-7111 ext 3490.

See Tex. Health and Safety Code, §193.005: