|(a) An amending certificate (medical amendment) may
be filed with the appropriate Local Registrar or State Registrar electronically
through a Vital Statistics Section electronic death registration system
to complete or correct medical certification information on a certificate
of death that is incomplete or inaccurate. The medical amendment must
be in a format as prescribed by the department.
(b) Once the original death certificate is registered,
if a justice of the peace (JP) or medical examiner's office (ME) has
subsequently conducted an inquest as authorized by the Code of Criminal
Procedure, Chapter 49, the medical amendment may be filed by the JP
or ME that conducted the inquest.
(c) The registrar shall carefully examine each medical
amendment when presented for registration to determine if it is complete
as required by the State Registrar's instructions.
(d) If the medical amendment is incomplete or unsatisfactory,
the registrar shall call attention to the error or omission in the
(e) The registrar shall number the medical amendment
with the same file number assigned to the original death certificate.
The Local Registrar shall sign each medical amendment to attest to
the date the amendment is filed in the Local Registrar's office. The
signature may be either electronic, handwritten or a facsimile stamp.
The medical amendment shall be attached to and become a part of the
legal record of the death if the amendment is accepted for filing.
(f) The registrar shall duplicate the medical amendment
as authorized by the Local Government Code, Chapters 201 or 204. The
duplicate shall be permanently preserved in the Local Registrar's
office as the local record, in the manner directed by the State Registrar.
(g) The registrar shall forward all original non-electronic,
medical amendments to the State Registrar within 10 days of filing.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §181.30 adopted to be effective August 9, 1998, 23 TexReg 7810; amended to be effective July 3, 2003, 28 TexReg 4904; amended to be effective July 22, 2004, 29 TexReg 6936; amended to be effective August 11, 2013, 38 TexReg 4896; amended to be effective November 24, 2021, 46 TexReg 7884