Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Plaza and the Office of the City Secretary is now open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
To schedule an appointment using our online appointment calendar, please click the “Appointments” link to the left.
TO OBTAIN A BIRTH OR DEATH RECORD, you may schedule an appointment by calling (956) 548-6042 or you may SUBMIT AN APPLICATION BY MAIL or BY DROPPING OFF YOUR APPLICATION AT THE NIGHT DROP AT CITY PLAZA LOCATED AT 1034 E LEVEE ST.
The application can be downloaded at: https://www.cob.us/DocumentCenter/View/10487/Birth-or-Death-Record-Application-
Upon arrival for your appointment, please have your application completed and be sure to have the proper form of identification(s) and payment with you
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**
- 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 in person or through the mail.
Birth or Death application: click here
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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