Medical Examiner

Pending Death Certificate

You Are Entitled to a Pending Death Certificate Within 10 Days of Death.

A final death certificate may take six to eight weeks to obtain if the medical examiner is investigating the death of your friend or relative. However, under Section 193.003 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, the Funeral Director must give you a death certificate with the cause and manner of death marked "pending." This is called a "pending death certificate." It is an "official" death certificate.

Many of the things you need to do after a death can be done with a pending death certificate.

Ask your benefits provider if they will accept a pending death certificate. And be sure to get one from your funeral director; it may save you time and money.


Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 5:19 PM

Satish Chundru, D.O.
Chief Medical Examiner on an Interim Basis

  • 1213 Sabine Street
    Austin, TX 78701 (Map)
  • Phone: (512) 854-9599
  • Fax: (512) 854-9044