IN ACCORDANCE WITH NECESSARY COVI9-19 PRECAUTIONS AND THE CITY’S REOPENING PLAN, THE OFFICE OF THE CITY SECRETARY IS OPEN DURING THE FOLLOWING HOURS FOR APPOINTMENTS AND WALK-INS FOR BIRTH AND DEATH RECORD APPLICATIONS. WALK-IN APPLICANTS ARE SEEN BY THE FISCAL CLERKS, WHEN/IF A TIME SLOT IS OPEN ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS.
The Office of the City Secretary Vital Records Department is open for Walk-Ins at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—8:30 am to 11:00 am AND 1:15 pm to 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday—8:30 am to 11:00 am
APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO AVOID STANDING IN A LONG LINE, AND AN APPOINTMENT MAY BE SCHEDULED THROUGH OUR ONLINE APPOINTMENT CALENDAR. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE “APPOINTMENTS” LINK TO THE LEFT. If you do not have the ability to schedule an appointment online, please call our office at (956) 548-6042 for assistance.
TO OBTAIN A BIRTH OR DEATH RECORD, you may also SUBMIT AN APPLICATION BY MAIL OR BY DROPPING OFF YOUR APPLICATION IN THE NIGHT DROP AT CITY PLAZA LOCATED AT 1034 E. LEVEE ST. The application can be downloaded at https://brownsvilletx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10487/Birth-or-Death-Record-Application-
Upon arrival, please have your application completed and have the proper form of Identification(s) and payment with you. You will be asked to stand on the social distance markers until you can be seen. You are asked not to bring any more people with you than necessary.
Effective 06/22/2021, the Office of the City Secretary offers an online application option and toll-free phone application option through VitalChek that will allow the applicant to complete the application for a birth or death record, upload the required form(s) of identification and/or document(s), and pay the required fees online or by phone. Please click on the link to the left entitled “Apply for a Birth or Death Record Online” or scroll down to the section below entitled, “How to Apply for a Birth or Death Certificate” and click on the link next to “Online” or call the toll-free number next to “By phone:”
The Office of the City Secretary maintains records of birth, death, and fetal deaths that occur in the City limits of Brownsville, Texas.
Birth and Death Certificate Fees
$23.00 Fee per certificate
Death Certificate (1st copy)
$21.00 Fee for one death certificate
Additional Death Certificate
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.
$2.00 Fee per plastic
**Fees are non-refundable if no record is found or if the record is unable to be issued/printed**
VitalChek Fees when Ordering Birth or Death Certificate Online or by Phone/Toll-Free
Vital Check Processing Fee $12.95
Expedited shipping fee/UPS $18.00
- Checks (local checks only)
- Money Orders or Cashier's Checks
- Debit/Credit Card (Visa, Master Card, Discover)
- Money Orders or Cashier's Checks
Who Can Apply?
Qualified Applicant and Requirements
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 by applying online or calling the toll-free number provided, in person, or through the mail.
Birth or Death application: click here
Online: By clicking on the following link: https://www.vitalchek.com/vital-records/texas/city-of-brownsville . The Vital Statistics Section uses VitalChek to allow applicants to apply for, upload the required form(s) of identification, and pay for birth and death certificates online from the anywhere on a computer, smartphone, or tablet from any location. After your application is processed, our office will mail your certificate OR expedited delivery services BY UPS may be requested through VitalChek for an additional fee.
By phone: Toll-Free Number: 1-855-833-5127 The Vital Statistics Section also uses VitalChek to allow applicants to apply for and pay for birth and death records via this toll fee number. You will still be required to submit your required form(s) of identification electronically or by fax at the following Fax Number: 1-844-954-1030. This is only the fax number for submitting identification and documents to VitalChek. This is NOT the fax number for the Office of the City Secretary. After your application is processed, our office will mail your certificate OR expedited delivery services BY UPS may be requested through VitalChek for an additional fee.
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—8:30 am to 12 pm and 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm (Closed for lunch between 12 pm and 1 pm)
- Tuesday and Thursday—8:30 am to 11:30 pm
The office is also closed on approved City holidays and Special Events. Free parking is available in the parking lots on St. Charles St., located behind City Plaza.
Mail your request to:
Office of the City Secretary Vital Records
P.O. Box 911
Brownsville, Texas 78520
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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