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
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.

Requests over the phone for verification WILL NOT 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 75 and 25 years, respectively, and may only be obtained by qualified applicants.

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

Applying in person at the Vital Records Office:

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

Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; OR

Applying by mail to the Vital Records Office:

Vital Records
P. O. Box 90231, MS 01-0110
Arlington, Texas 76004-3231

You must complete an application for a certified copy of a Birth Certificate (pdf) or Death Certificate (pdf). All mailed applications must be notarized.

ALL mailed applications MUST be notarized.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to provide the relationship to the applicant and the purpose for obtaining the record on the application, will result in the application being rejected or delayed in processing.

IMPORTANT: In addition to your application, you must include the necessary fees. Make your check or money order payable to the City of Arlington. Cash payments are not accepted by mail.


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 50 and 25 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) item from Group B and two (2) items from Group C

Group APRIMARY ACCEPTABLE IDPlease provide one (1)  form of Identification from Group A

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)  forms of Identification from Group B

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 are available by providing a prepaid return envelope with your mailed in request.

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