Texans are waiting for birth and death certificates amid health agency understaffing

The Texas Tribune,  April 12, 2019

The Texas Department of State Health Services says that as of March 22, there were 60,873 requests for records, including birth certificates, death certificates, divorce records, and verifications of marriages and adoptions that the department had not yet fulfilled. That also includes requests for corrections to these records.

The backlog — which stems from a longtime staffing problem and was exacerbated by the state's switch in January to a new computer system for processing records — comes as the agency vies for a boost in funding to more quickly process requests. Meanwhile, families anxiously wait to move forward with logistics around passports, inheritances and paying funeral expenses.

By Marissa Evans

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