Health & Safety Code Section 193.0025
Expedited Death Certificates for Religious Purposes in Certain Counties
(a)This section applies only to a county:
(1)with an office of medical examiner established in accordance with Section 1, Article 49.25 (Medical Examiners), Code of Criminal Procedure; and
(2)for which the commissioners court of the county by resolution elects for this section to apply.
(b)This section does not apply to a county that entered into an agreement with another county to create a medical examiners district under Section 1-a, Article 49.25 (Medical Examiners), Code of Criminal Procedure, unless:
(1)the office of medical examiner is located in the county and the county has adopted a resolution described by Subsection (a)(2); or
(2)notwithstanding Subsection (a), the county elects for this section to apply in the agreement creating the district.
(c)An individual may submit to the person required to file a death certificate under Section 193.002 (Person Required to File) a written request for the person to expedite the completion of a decedent’s death certificate if the requestor demonstrates that:
(1)the expedited completion is necessary for religious purposes;
(2)the decedent’s remains will be interred, entombed, buried, cremated, or otherwise laid to rest in a foreign country; and
(3)the requestor is authorized to obtain a copy of the death certificate.
(d)A person who receives a request under Subsection (c) shall issue a copy of the decedent’s death certificate to the requestor not later than 48 hours after the time the person receives the request unless an inquest will be conducted for the decedent.
(e)For purposes of completing an expedited death certificate under this section, a medical examiner may:
(1)perform a medical examination; and
(2)complete the medical certification, provided:
(A)the medical examiner has access to the decedent’s medical history relevant to the death;
(B)the decedent’s death is due to natural causes; and
(C)the medical examiner serves as medical examiner of the county in which the death occurred.
(f)The executive commissioner shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section.
Section 193.0025 — Expedited Death Certificates for Religious Purposes in Certain Counties,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.193.htm#193.0025 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).