Texas Family Code

Sec. § 160.422
Certificate of Search of Registry


The vital statistics unit shall furnish a certificate of the results of a search of the registry on request by an individual, a court, or an agency listed in Section 160.412 (Furnishing of Information; Confidentiality)(b).


The certificate of the results of a search must be signed on behalf of the unit and state that:


a search has been made of the registry; and


a registration containing the information required to identify the registrant:


has been found and is attached to the certificate; or


has not been found.


A petitioner must file the certificate of the results of a search of the registry with the court before a proceeding for the adoption of or termination of parental rights regarding a child may be concluded.


A search of the registry is not required if a parent-child relationship exists between a man and the child, as provided by Section 160.201 (Establishment of Parent-child Relationship)(b), and that man:


has been served with citation of the proceeding for termination of the parent-child relationship; or


has signed a relinquishment of parental rights with regard to the child.
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 821, Sec. 1.01, eff. June 14, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1283 (H.B. 3997), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 1.074, eff. April 2, 2015.

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