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. Please allow 7-10 business days, from the date we receive the request, for processing.
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.
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
Out-of-state checks are NOT accepted.
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.
Bell County Clerk's Office
Justice Courts Complex
1201 Huey Road
Belton, Texas 76513
Killeen Satellite Office:
301 Priest Drive
Killeen, Texas 76513
City of Temple:
City of Temple
2 North Main
Temple, Texas 76502
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.***
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.
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.