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Death Certificates

TER Medical Certifier Requirements - Notice to Medical Certifiers from DSHS

To obtain a certified copy of a Death Certificate for a person that passed away in Belton, Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood or Rural Bell County you may visit our office in Belton or Killeen.  Individuals that passed away in Temple must contact the City of Temple to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate. 

BY MAIL - All requests for death certificates must include a death certificate application completed by a qualified applicant, proof of identification, Affidavit of Personal Knowledge and payment.

IN PERSON - All requests for death certificates in person must complete the death certificate application, be a qualified applicant, have proof of identification and payment.

Death Certificates are $21.00 for the first certified copy and $4.00 for each additional certified copy thereafter at the time the request is made.

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Methods of payment:
Payable to the Bell County Clerk

1.  Cash - in person only
2.  Cashier's Check/Money Order
3.  Check - in Texas only
4.  Credit/Debit Card - includes a convenience fee. Click here for Convenience Fee Chart 
       - Photo ID must be included for the card holder if different from the qualified
         applicant.

Out-of-state checks are NOT accepted.

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Methods of request:

1.  In person - Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Business transactions will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m.

Main Office:

Bell County Clerk's Office          
Justice Courts Complex
1201 Huey Road
Belton, Texas 76513
(254)933-5165

Killeen Satellite Office:

Killeen Annex 
301 Priest Drive
Killeen, Texas 76513              
(254)634-0768

City of Temple:

City of Temple
2 North Main
Temple, Texas 76502
(254) 298-5701

 
2.  By Mail - Bell County Clerk, Attn: Vital Records, P. O. Box 480, Belton, Texas  76513


***Completed mail in requests are mailed via regular U.S. Mail.  The Clerk's office is not responsible for misdirected mail.***

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Information for Death Certificate Application:


Application for a certified copy must be completed by a qualified applicant as defined below. The applicant must include a photocopy of his or her valid photo ID issued by a governmental entity, Affidavit of Personal Knowledge(by mail only) and payment.
See Section 181.28(i)(10) of the the Texas Administrative Code for a complete list of acceptable forms of identification.

QUALIFIED APPLICANT:
Copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred within the past 25 years can be requested only by immediate family members of the person whose name is on the certificate.  Applicants who are not immediate family members must provide legal documentation (such as an insurance policy listing the applicant as the beneficiary) that demonstrates a direct, tangible interest in the death certificate.
See Section 181.1(13) of the Texas Administrative Code for what qualifies as an immediate family member.


Click here for BY MAIL Death Certificate Application Form

Click here for IN PERSON Death Certificate Application Form - (this form is only to be used when visiting our office in person)

Applications for death certificates cannot be processed without a valid photo ID, the signature of the applicant and Affidavit of Personal Knowledge(by mail only) and payment.

Click here for list of valid IDs