Vital Statistics

Notice: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are urging customers to request birth/death records by mail. 

Our office is open Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only. Please call 956-548-6042 to schedule an appointment – space is limited. 

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The Office of the City Secretary maintains records of birth, death and fetal deaths that occur in the City limits of Brownsville, Texas.

Office hours for Vital Records: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm 

If you were born outside the City limits of Brownsville you must obtain your long-form birth certificate (Certified Copy) from the Cameron County Office.

BORN IN TEXAS AFTER 1925, BUT NOT IN BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS

The Office of the City Secretary has access to an Abstract size birth certificate through the Texas Vital Statistics Remote Access Computer.

Birth and Death Certificate Fees

Birth Certificate(s)

$23.00 Fee per certificate

Death Certificate (1st copy)

$21.00 Fee for one death certificate

Additional Death Certificate

$4.00 Fee
If the applicant purchases more than one copy of a death certificate in a single transaction, a fee of $4.00 is charged for each additional record.

Plastic Cover

$2.00 Fee per plastic

**Fees are non-refundable if no record is found or if the record is unable to be issued/printed**

Payment Types

Walk-in:

  • Checks (local checks only)
  • Money Orders or Cashier's Checks
  • Debit/Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Discover)

Mail-In:

  • Money Orders or Cashier's Checks

Who Can Apply?

Qualified Applicant and Requirements

All documents proving qualified applicant must be original documents; copies are not accepted. If you are mailing in a request, please refer to the tab entitled "How To Apply" for more detailed information.

Parent

  • A picture ID from a list of primary identification
  • The parent’s name must be listed on the birth certificate

Self

  • A picture ID from the list of Primary identification

Grandparent

  • A picture ID from the list of Primary identification
  • Must provide the birth certificate of Mother/Father of the child
    • Related parent must be listed on requested birth certificate

Spouse

  • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
  • Documentation associated with the marriage such as:
    • (Marriage Certificate NOT Accepted)
    • Most recent Income Tax Return
    • Mortgage Payment Statement,
    • Property Taxes.
    • Documents must display applicant and spouse name.

Son/Daughter

  • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
  • Must provide his/her birth certificate
    • Related parent must be listed on requested birth certificate

Brother/Sister

  • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
  • Birth Certificate of Applicant that associates them to the person on the record (showing name of same parent)

Legal Guardian

  • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
  • Certified Court Order showing legal custody

Attorney

  • Picture ID from list of Primary identification
  • Certified copy of a court issued document that establishes legal interest
  • Bar Card

Proof of Eligibility

Each applicant must present a valid primary form of identification along with their application. If the application is unable to present a valid primary form of identification, please see the list of acceptable documentation. 

The acceptability of the identification presented by the customer is at the discretion of the Local Registrar and/or Deputy Registrar. 

How to Apply for a Birth or Death Certificate

Birth and Death Certificate(s) can be obtained in person or through the mail. 

Birth or Death application: click here

In person: The Office of the City Secretary is located at 1034 East Levee St. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on approved City holidays and Special Events. Free parking is available in the back parking lots of the building (St. Charles).

By Mail: You may request the certificate by completing and mailing in the notarized sworn application to our office. You must also include a photocopy of your photo ID, proof of relationship, and money order payable to the City of Brownsville.

For expedited services: Send the application by United States Postal Service (USPS) or United Parcel Service (UPS) and include a prepaid envelope. 

Mail your request to:

Office of the City Secretary Vital Records
P.O. Box 911
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Other Services

Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP)
City Secretary Office processes Acknowledgment of Paternity’s (AOP) by appointments only. The AOP process establishes legal paternity for a child born to unmarried parents. The AOP is a legal document under Texas Law and has the same effect as a court order establishing paternity. Both parents must be present and provide valid identification for notarization, $6 fee.

The fee to file the new birth certificate based on paternity is $25.00. The additional fee for a certified copy of the updated birth record is $22.00. Fees are paid directly to the State Vital Statistics Office at P.O. Box 12040, Austin, Texas, 78711-2040.  Further information can be obtained online directly from the Texas Department of Health Services Vital Statistics web page.

Amendment of a Birth and/or Death Certificate
An amended certificate may be filed to complete or correct a record that is incomplete or proved by satisfactory evidence to be inaccurate. The fee to file an amendment is $15.00. The additional fee for a certified copy of the updated birth record is $22, and death record is $21. Fees are paid directly to the State Vital Statistics Office at P.O. box 12040, Austin, Texas, 78711-2040. Further information can be obtained online directly from the Texas Department of Health Services website.

Apostille: Authenticating Birth or Death Certificates
For instruction please visit the Texas Secretary of State website. 
Call 512-463-5705 for additional information. 
Form 2102. Request for Official Certificate or Apostille (Acrobat)
Forma 2102-S. Solicitud de Certificados Oficiales o Apostillas (Acrobat)

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