Vital Statistics


8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Please contact the City Secretary's Office regarding Vital Records Fees at (956) 548-6001.

Payment Methods

Cash, money order, checks, and credit card payment is accepted by walk-ins only. Accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

We do not accept personal or business checks for payment on a mail request.

payment types

New Laws

Effective September 1, 2015, Article 5 of SB 200 added the following, all mailed in requests will require that the photocopy of the State Issued Identification be notarized in order for the birth certificate to be released. [Health and Safety Code 19131]

Abstract Birth Certificate

An abstract birth certificate can be issued if you were not born in Brownsville, TX.

Qualified Applicant

The following will be considered a qualified applicant:
  • Brother / Sister (Hernano/a)
    Must Provide Birth Certificate
  • Grandparents (Abuelos)
    Must provide a copy of the son/daughter's birth certificate to prove the relation to the grandchild.
  • Son / Daughter (Hijo/a)
    Must Provide Birth Certificate
  • Spouse (Esposo/a)
  • Legal Guardian
    With Court Orders
  • Parents (Padre / Madre)

Valid Forms of ID Required

All forms of ID must be current and signed, as applicable.

Primary identifications required to obtain a valid record include:
  • Concealed Hand Gun License
  • Current Military ID
  • Current Passport
  • Current State Issued Driver's License or Current ID Card
  • Federal/State ID
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • SENTRI Card
  • Visa/Border Crossing Card
In the absence of a primary ID, please call the office for further assistance in how to obtain your record.

Spousal Requirements

  • Income Tax Return
  • Mortgage Payment Statement
  • Property Taxes
A marriage license is not a valid form of ID. All requirements must be current and display both names.

Search Fee

There is a search fee of $10 as of April 1, 2016. If a record is not found, or not available, the money is not refundable.

Mailing the Application

If you will be mailing the application please include the following:
  • Copy of Your Identification or Driver's License
  • Completed Application
  • Money Order of $24 + $10 Search Fee (Separate Money Orders)
  • Notarized Form
Once a record or other information is mailed to the requester, we are not responsible for lost or missing mailed records.