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Individuals may obtain a copy of a completed autopsy report from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with the exception of Harris County Holidays.  

 

Report Fee

There is a $0.10 per page fee for an autopsy report. Please do not provide payment until you are notified that the report is complete and ready. Depending on the circumstances of a case and laboratory tests required, the length of time necessary to complete each case will vary.

 

Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card.

 

The following guidelines have been established by the Institute for the acceptance of credit cards:

1.    Acceptable Cards:

a.  Discover, Master Card, Visa  and American Express

b.  Business or corporate credit cards with the name of the authorized user imprinted on the card. If the credit card does not have the presenting authorized user’s name imprinted on the card, a list of authorized users printed on the cardholder company’s letterhead or a written agreement between the Institute of Forensic Sciences and the cardholder company kept on file with the Institute must be supplied.

2.    Non-Acceptable Cards:

a.  Bank debit-only cards, unless they can be processed as a credit card without using a PIN.

b.  Cards labeled “Gift Card,” “Stored Value Card,” or cards with a specified dollar amount on the face or with a statement that the card is non-reloadable are not accepted as a form of payment.

3.    There is no charge to a customer for using a credit card.

4.    There is no minimum sale amount for using a credit card. 

5.    State-issued photo identification is required for all transactions using a personal credit card.

6.    Personal credit card information will not be accepted over the phone or by fax.

7.    Credit card information will not be stored or kept on file for anyone.

 

Request a Report

All requests must be submitted to the Institute’s Business Office using one of the following four methods:

In writing, by postal mail addressed to:                      
   Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences           
   Attn: Business Office, Autopsy Report Order 
   1885 Old Spanish Trail                                        
   Houston, Texas 77054 

By phone:

(713) 796-6775

 

By fax:

(713) 796-6844

Attn: Business Office, Autopsy Report Order

In person, at:
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Joseph A. Jachimczyk Forensic Center
1885 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, Texas  77054
(click here for a map)

All subpoena reports and open records requests must be submitted by postal mail or hand delivered to the following address:

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

Attn: Business Office, Autopsy Report Order
1885 Old Spanish Trail

Houston, Texas  77054

 

To help the Institute fulfill your request, please provide as much of the following information as possible:

 

Details pertaining to the deceased:

·         Case number (ML or OC number, if available)

·         Name of the deceased

·         Date of death

·         County where the death occurred

 

Details pertaining to the requester:

·         Name of person requesting the autopsy report

·         Mailing address

·         Phone number

 
 

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