The City Secretary attends and records all City Council meetings, conducts City elections, and also administers oaths of office to Council members, Municipal Court judges and police officers.

Frequently Asked Questions

CITY HALL
101 W. Abram St. 1st Floor, City Hall
Arlington, TX 76010

Applications for Birth and Death Certificates are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m.

The Vital Records office will remain open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE REQUESTS OR VERIFICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

How Do I Request Certified Copies?

Certified copies of Texas birth records are available at the Arlington Bureau of Vital Records. Death records for deaths occurring in Arlington after April 15, 1971, are also available. To obtain death records prior to 1971, you may wish to contact the State Bureau of Vital Records.

Copies of birth and death certificates are confidential under Texas Law for fifty and twenty-five years, respectively, and can only be obtained by Qualified Applicants.

Certified copies of birth and death records may be obtained by either:

  1. Applying at the Bureau of Vital Records, 101 W. Abram St. 1st Floor, City Hall
    Arlington, TX 76010, Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; OR
  2. Writing to:
    Bureau of Vital Records
    Mailstop 63-0700, P. O. Box 90231
    Arlington, Texas 76004-3231

You may either complete the Application for certified copy of Birth Certificate (pdf) or Death Certificate (pdf) Certificate, OR include the following information in a letter:

    • The name on the birth or death record being requested.
    • The date and place of birth or death.
    • Father’s full name (last, first, middle).
    • Mother’s full maiden name (maiden last, first, middle).
    • Purpose for obtaining the certificate.
    • Relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested.
    • Your daytime telephone number with area code.
    • Your handwritten signature and complete return mailing address.
    • A photocopy of your picture ID, such as your driver’s license.

You can expect to receive your certificate within 1 to 2 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to provide the purpose for obtaining the record and relationship to the applicant in the request, when the applicant is not the person named on the record, will result in the application being rejected or delayed in processing.

IMPORTANT: In addition to your written request, you must include the necessary fees. Make your check or money order payable to the City of Arlington. Please do not send cash.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE REQUESTS OR VERIFICATIONS
WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Fees For Certified Copies

The fee for each certified copy of Certificate of Birth is $23.00. This fee is non-refundable or transferable.

The fee for one certified copy of Certificate of Death is $ 21.00. Each additional certified copy of the same death record ordered at the same time is $ 4.00. This fee is non-refundable or transferable.

Who Is A Qualified Applicant?

Copies of birth and death certificates are confidential under Texas Law for fifty and twenty-five years, respectively, and can only be obtained by qualified applicants.

qualified applicant is defined as the registrant, or immediate family member either by blood or marriage, his or her guardian, or his or her legal representative. Local, state, and federal law enforcement or governmental agencies and other persons may be designated as properly qualified applicants by demonstrating a direct and tangible interest in the record when information in the record is necessary to implement a statutory provision or to protect a personal legal property right. A properly qualified applicant may also be any person who has submitted an application for a request to release personal information and has been approved as outlined in the Health and Safety Code, Section 181.11, relating to Requests for Personal Data.

What is a Valid Form of Identification (ID)?

Each applicant must present a current form of government issued photo identification along with his or her application. If the applicant is unable to present a current, valid form of photo identification, two valid supporting forms of identification may be presented, one of which must bear the applicant’s signature.

Please select one of the three groups below and provide the requested items:

  1. One (1) Item from Group A OR
  2. Two (2) Items from Group B OR
  3. Three (3) Items one(1) from Group B PLUS two (2) items from Group C

Group APRIMARY ACCEPTABLE IDPlease provide one (1) of Group A ID

Note:  The applicant’s identification must contain the applicant’s name and photograph that establishes the applicant’s identity. [TAC 181.28(i)(10)(C)]

  • Driver’s License;
  • Federal or State Identification Card;
  • Federal State or City law enforcement employment identification card, or employment badge accompanied by employment identification card;
  • Offender Identification card issued by the Department of Criminal Justice correctional facility or institution;
  • Military Identification card;
  • Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued:
    • Employment Authorization Document (EAD);
    • Permanent Resident Card (green card);
    • Travel Documents
      • Re-entry Permit;
      • Refugee Travel Permit; or
      • Advance Parole.
    • SENTRI Card; or
    • S. Citizen Identification Card.
  • United States Department of State issued:
    • Border Crossing Card (B1 for business or pleasure or B2 medical purposes); or
    • Visa
  • Concealed Handgun License;
  • Pilot’s License
  • United States Passport.

Group B SECONDARY ACCEPTABLE IDPlease provide two (2) of Group B ID’s

Note: At least one of the documents must contain the applicant’s name, signature, or identifiable photo of the applicant. [TAC 181.28(i)(11)(C)]

  • Current student identification;
  • Any Primary Identification that is expired;
  • Signed Social Security card, or Numident;
  • DD Form 214 Certificate of Release;
  • Medicaid card or Medicare card;
  • Veterans Affairs card;
  • Medical insurance card;
  • Foreign Passport accompanied by a Visa issued by the United States Department of State;
  • Foreign Passport in accordance with the United States Department of State, Visa Waiver Program;
  • Certified birth certificate from the Department of State (FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545);
  • Private Company Employment Identification card;
  • Form I-94 – accompanied by the applicant’s Visa or Passport;
  • Mexican voter registration card (MUST have expiration date/CANNOT be expired); or
  • Foreign Identification with identifiable photo of applicant (this includes the Honduran Consular Certification and the El Salvador Consular Certificate).

Group C – SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS – Please provide One (1) From Group B and Two (2) from Group C

  • Recent Utility bill with current address;
  • Recent Paycheck stub;
  • Public assistance application or letter;
  • Signed valid voter’s registration card;
  • Police report of stolen identification;
  • Official school transcript;
  • Bank account statement;
  • Social security letter;
  • Marriage license;
  • Divorce decree;
  • Certified birth certificate from a state other than Texas, District of Columbia or other country;
  • Automobile insurance card or contract;
  • Lease agreement;
  • Loan or installment payment contract;
  • Promissory notes or loan contracts;
  • Court order;
  • Property titles or liens;
  • Automobile titles;
  • Library Card;
  • Fishing or hunting license;
  • Recent Medical records and bills;
  • Auto registration;
  • Religious records with signature of religious official;
  • Expired secondary document;
  • Recent rent receipt with name and address;
  • Recent cell phone bill or contract;
  • Federal, state, or local tax records;
  • Homeland Security notices or correspondence.

Overnight Services

Overnight services can be available by providing a prepaid return envelope with your mailed in request.

The State Bureau of Vital Statistics does overnight services for Birth or Death Records, at an additional cost.