The Smith County Clerk’s office announced Tuesday that county residents now have access to their personal records with the addition of a Remote Birth Access program.
The program has the capability to tap into state-wide electronic records, according to a news release from the Smith County Commissioners Court.
Before the Remote Birth Access program was installed, the clerk’s office only could provide birth certificate copies for residents who were born outside the city limits of Tyler but within boundaries of Smith County or for delayed births that happened in Smith County, the release states.
The program was an added expense at the beginning of the year, but it has paid for itself. Since it was installed on Jan. 2, 2012, the county has provided 153 certificates using the system, the release states.