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El Paso Public Records
El Paso County is located on the westernmost tip of Texas, and boasts a population of more than 800,000 as of the 2010 U.S. census. The county is bordered by both Mexico and New Mexico, giving this area a distinctly western Spanish flair. El Paso County was first established in 1848 and has its county seat in El Paso, Texas. Finding El Paso County public records opens the door to a wealth of information on those who were born, lived and died in this western area. Conducting an El Paso County, TX public records search involves knowing where to look and what you will need to provide when you make your public records request.
There are numerous sources available for public records in El Paso County, TX, including:
Requirements for Obtaining El Paso County Public Records
When in pursuit of El Paso public records, it is important to familiarize yourself with the requirements and restrictions surrounding these documents. Based upon Texas public record law, El Paso County death certificates are not available to the general public for the first 25 years after the death. Access to these documents is restricted to immediate family members and authorized representatives of the deceased.
El Paso County birth certificates are also closed records for 75 years after the filing date.
Those wishing to retrieve these restricted El Paso County, Texas public records will need to provide identification and proof of their relationship with the deceased before records will be released.
Pursuing El Paso County Public Records through the Department of Health
The El Paso Department of Health is another source for those conducting a free El Paso County, TX public records search. This agency offers certificates for those who are born or die in El Paso County. They also offer records for the rest of the state. These records may be requested in person or by mail – forms are available for download at the Health Department’s website.
In addition, online public records for El Paso County are available through VitalChek Network, contracted by the Department of Health to provide this online service.
How to Find Online Public Records in El Paso
In addition to VitalChek, the El Paso County Clerk’s office also offers some online capabilities in finding and retrieving El Paso County’s public records. Files like El Paso County marriage records, birth certificates and death certificates can be searched right on the Clerk’s website, and official copies can be ordered when necessary. This service offers convenience for those who do not live in the state, but wish to expedite their search through online public records in El Paso County.