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Cameron County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) provides annual reports of crime statistics for Cameron County as well as other counties in the state. Its latest report is for 2017. In that year, there were 8 murders, 225 rapes, 191 robberies, and 895 assaults in Cameron County. Incidences of property crimes include 1,788 burglaries, 8,975 larcenies, and 350 motor vehicle thefts.

Compared to 2013 crime figures for the county, murder (33.3%), rape (78.6%), and assault (42.1%) rates rose in 2017. The five-year crime trend for Adams County also indicates lower rates of robbery (21.1%), burglary (34.7%), larceny (22%), and motor vehicle theft (28.9%).

Criminal Records

Criminal background checks for Cameron County are available from the TxDPS. This agency provides public access to the state's Computerized Criminal History (CCH) System. To conduct a background check and obtain a criminal history report, visit the TXDPS CRS Public Site to search through the CCH Database. Users must register to use the site and then purchase credits to conduct searches.

Residents of Cameron County can also request criminal history checks through their local police departments. For example, in Brownsville (county seat), citizens can authorize the Police Department to perform background checks on their behalf by submitting the appropriate applications and fees. Start by completing the Record Check form. Send this along with a color photocopy of a valid ID, a notarized letter authorizing the Police Department to run your criminal history check, and a check for $7 to:

Attn: Records Division
Brownsville Police Department
600 E. Jackson Street
Brownsville, TX 78520

You can also send electronic copies of the documents required to openrecordsrequest@cob.us.

Local police departments also provide incident and accident reports for the various cities and towns in Cameron County. To request for police report for the City of Brownsville, complete the public information request webform on the website of the Brownsville Police Department. The Cameron County Sheriff's Office may provide certain criminal justice reports. For these, visit the Sheriff's Office at 7300 Old Alice Road, Olmito or call (965) 554-9700.

The TxDPS maintains records of all registered sex offenders living in the state and provides public access to this information. Search the Texas Sex Offender Registry to find registered sex offenders and predators living in Cameron County. You can find these individuals by name and street address. The tool also allows users to search for known sex offenders working or studying in institutions of higher learning in Cameron county.

The two correctional facilities in Cameron County are:

Cameron County Jail
954 E Harrison St
Brownsville, TX
Phone: (956) 544-0865

Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center
Cameron County Jail
7300 Old Alice Road
Olmito, TX 78575
Phone: (956) 554-6701

The Sheriff's Office runs both facilities and provides an inmate lookup tool to help the public find individuals incarcerated there. Friends and family members can fund inmates' accounts by sending certified checks and money orders, made payable to the inmates, to:

Cameron County Jail Division
CO Inmate Trust Fund
Inmate Name/Inmate ID #
P.O. Box 1539
Olmito, TX 78575

Court Records

The Cameron County Courthouse hosts eight District Courts and four County Courts at Law at its 974 E. Harrison Street address. Below are the exact locations and contact information of these courts including their Court Clerk Offices:

Cameron County 103rd District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0844

Cameron County 107th District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0845

Cameron County 138th District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0877

Cameron County 197th District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 574-8150

Cameron County 357th District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 1st Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 548-9522

Cameron County 404th District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0837

Cameron County 444th District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 547-7034

Cameron County 445th District Court
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 2nd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 547-7070

Cameron County District Clerk's Office
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0838 (Civil)
Phone: (956) 544-0839 (Criminal)
Fax: (956) 544-0841

Cameron County Clerk's Office
Administration Building
964 E Harrison St, Brownsville, TX 78523
Phone: (956) 550-1327
Fax: (956) 550-7215

Cameron County Court at Law No. 1
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0855
Fax: (956) 548-9542

Cameron County Court at Law No. 2
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0856
Fax: (956) 504-3678

Cameron County Court at Law No. 3
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 574-8136
Fax: (956) 574-8140

Cameron County Court at Law No. 4
Cameron County Courthouse - Judicial Building
974 E Harrison St, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 574-8136
Fax: (956) 574-8140

Check the resource pages for Cameron County District Courts and County Courts at Law to find links to court dockets and contact information for requesting court documents. These records are available at the offices of the District Clerk and the County Clerk.

Cameron Court also has 11 Justice Courts and 15 Municipal Courts. Justices of Peace preside over Justice Courts and hear civil cases involving no more than $10,000 and misdemeanor cases punishable by fine. The Municipal Courts hear Class C misdemeanor cases and violations of traffic codes and city ordinances. Contact these courts to request for their records. Contact addresses and other information for these courts are below:

Cameron County Justice of the Peace - Jail Magistrate
Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center
7100 Old Alice Rd, Olmito, TX 78575
Phone: (956) 554-6703
Fax: (956) 554-6704

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1
505 Hwy 100, Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: (956) 943-2520
Fax: (956) 943-0191

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 - Place 1
835 E Levee St, 2nd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0857
Fax: (956) 548-9573

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 - Place 2
835 E Levee St, 2nd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 544-0858
Fax: (956) 550-1467

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 - Place 3
835 E Levee St, 2nd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 547-7068
Fax: (956) 547-7067

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 - Place 1
1390 W Expressway 83, San Benito, TX 78586
Phone: (956) 361-4618
Fax: (956) 361-4620

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 - Place 2
1390 W Expressway 83, San Benito, TX 78586
Phone: (956) 361-8257
Fax: (956) 361-8242

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4
Luis Romero Building
745 W Ocean Blvd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566
Phone: (956) 233-6150
Fax: (956) 233-6151

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 - Place 1
Harlingen Annex
3302 W Wilson Rd, Harlingen, TX 78552
Phone: (956) 427-8057
Fax: (956) 412-2457

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 - Place 2
Harlingen Annex
3302 W Wilson Rd, Harlingen, TX 78552
Phone: (956) 427-8058
Fax: (956) 427-8034

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 - Place 3
La Feria County Annex
200 Industrial Way, La Feria, TX 78559
Phone: (956) 797-1887
Fax: (956) 797-9359

Brownsville Municipal Court
1034 E Levee St, P.O. Box 911, Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 548-7181
Fax: (956) 574-6655

Combes Municipal Court
P.O. Box 280, Combes, TX 78535
Phone: (956) 425-7131

Harlingen Municipal Court
1018 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 216-5121
Fax: (956) 216-5130

Indian Lake Municipal Court
62 S Azetec Cove Dr, Los Fresnos, TX 78566
Phone: (956) 233-4021

La Feria Municipal Court
115 E Commerical Ave, La Feria, TX 78559
Phone: (956) 797-2261

Laguna Vista Municipal Court
122 Fernandez St, Laguna Vista, TX 78578
Phone: (956) 943-1793
Fax: (956) 943-3111

Los Fresnos Municipal Court
200 N Brazil St, Los Fresnos, TX 78566
Phone: (956) 233-9200
Fax: (956) 233-9221

Palm Valley Municipal Court
1313 N Stuart Place Rd, Harlingen, TX 78552
Phone: (956) 423-8384

Port Isabel Municipal Court
110 W Hickman St, Port Isabel, TX 78578
Phone: (956) 943-1281

Primera Municipal Court
22893 Stuart Place Rd, Primera, TX 78552
Phone: (956) 423-9654

Rancho Viejo Municipal Court
3301 Carmen Ave, Rancho Viejo, TX 78575
Phone: (956) 350-4093
Fax: (956) 350-4156

Rio Hondo Municipal Court
121 N Arroyo Blvd, P.O. Box 389, Rio Hondo, TX 78583
Phone: (956) 748-2102

San Benito Municipal Court
San Benito City Hall
485 N Sam Houston Blvd, San Benito, TX 78586
Phone: (956) 361-3819
Fax: (956) 361-3818

Santa Rosa Municipal Court
P.O. Box 326, Santa Rosa, TX 78593
Phone: (956) 636-1064

South Padre Island Municipal Court
4601 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: (956) 761-3225
Fax: (956) 761-3224

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Vital Records

Divorce records for Cameron County are available from the office of the District Clerk. To obtain certified copies of your divorce record, visit the Office of the District Clerk located at:

Camera County Courthouse
Judicial Building - 3rd Floor
974 E. Harrison St.
Brownsville, TX 78520

You can also send an email to dcrecords@cameron.tx.us.

The office of the County Clerk issues certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records in Cameron County. To obtain marriage records, download and complete an Application for a Certified Copy of Marriage Record. Bring this to the main office of the County Clerk located at:

Cameron County Admin. Building
835 East Levee Street (3rd Floor)
Brownsville, TX 78520

Or send it by mail to:

Cameron County Clerk's Office
Attn: Marriage License
P.O. Box 2178
Brownsville, TX 78522

The County Clerk charges $21 for each certified copy of a marriage license and accepts cash, check, money order, and credit/debit card for in-person requests. Only money order and checks are accepted for mail requests.

The County Clerk also accepts walk-in requests for certified copies of birth and death records. Visit the office address above with a completed Inhouse Birth Certificate Application or Inhouse Application for Death Certificate. Attach a photocopy of a state driver's license or a similar valid photo ID.

To make your request by mail, complete the Mail Application for Birth and Death Record. Include a copy of a valid photo ID and a check or money order for copy fee made payable to Cameron County Clerk, Sylvia Garza-Perez. Send your mail application to:

Cameron County Clerk
Vital Statistics Department
P.O. Box 2178
Brownsville, TX 78522

The County Clerk charges $22 for each certified copy of a birth record. The fee for the first certified copy of a death certificate is $21. Each additional copy costs $4.