On October 21, 2013, the Vital Statistics Unit is deploying a revision to the Remote Birth Access System. The new version of the software will enable local registrar offices to issue a specific birth certificate to an individual to obtain an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by the Department of Public Safety. The EIC enables a person to register to vote, but it cannot be used for identification.
We suggest you print a test Birth Certificate for Election Identification by following the steps below on October 21, 2013, or after.
To get the new version installed on your system, you will need Power User or Administrative rights to your computer. This will enable you to install a new ActiveX control PrintCab. Follow the steps below to login and print a Birth Certificate for Election Identification for one of the “test” cases (birth year; 1985 and birth cert numbers 399001 through 399005) to install the new PrintCab.
Test Print Steps:
- Log in at the usual website.
- Click to Search for certificates
- Enter your search criteria - use this test record:
- First Name: Wanda Last Name: Round Birth Year: 1985
- Click the Search button or press the Enter key
- Click the  to the left of the record to select the Wanda Round
- Click the [Print this Certificate] button
- Click the [Print EIC Certificate] button
- Answer your computer’s prompts about installing the ActiveX control appropriately
You may need to coordinate running step 8 with your IT staff if you do not have Power User or Administrative rights to your computer.
Specific instructions for installing the PrintCab have been included as an appendix to the new user’s guide available here.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Help-TER@dshs.state.tx.us
Revised Remote Birth Access System Release—Internet Explorer Settings for Installation
The updated Remote Birth Access system application that lets you print Birth Certificates for Election Identification requires downloading and installing a new ActiveX control. End users will need power user or administrator rights to their systems.
We installed and successfully tested the updated ActiveX control on several workstations at the Department of State Health Services. Each workstation had Windows XP and version 7 of the Internet Explorer web browser installed. In order make the control work, the following Internet Explorer settings were set:
Advanced Tab/Security Section
- Allow software to run or install even if the signature is invalid (Enabled)
- Security/Custom Level/ActiveX controls and plug-ins
- Download unsigned ActiveX controls (Enable or Prompt)
- Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting (Enable or Prompt)
- Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins (Enable)