What is tangible interest?

Agencies such as Financial Institutions, Insurance Companies, Law Enforcement, Government or any other requester may be designated as a properly qualified applicant by demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record. Information from the certificate is necessary for the determination or protection of a personal or property right for a person, a client or an agency.

EXAMPLE: A letter typed on company letterhead addressed to the clients/applicants (full name), the full name of the person on the record requested and the purpose for the certificate. This letter would need to be signed and dated by the agent representing that company. The letter should be presented to the vital records office along with a photocopy of the policy or other documents that may establish tangible interest.

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1. Who can request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?
2. What if I am not an immediate family member?
3. What is tangible interest?
4. What if I don't have a valid I.D. or Driver License?
5. Can I request a "copy" of my birth certificate without paying the $23 fee?
6. I was not born in Texarkana, but I was born in Texas. Can I obtain a certificate in your office?
7. What is the difference between a "Long" form and an "Abstract" birth certificate?
8. I know I was born in Texas, but there is not a record on file for me. What do I need to do?