|About the Clerk
Diana T. Barrera
The office of County Clerk has been in existence in Texas since 1836, superseding the
"escribano" (secretary) of Spanish-Mexican rule. The Texas Constitution, Section 20,
Article 5, provides:
Sec. 20. There shall be elected for each county, by qualified voters, a County Clerk,
who shall hold his office for four years, who shall be clerk of the County and
Commissioners Courts and recorder of the county, whose duties, perquisites and fees of
office shall be prescribed by Legislature, and a vacancy in whose office shall be filled
by the Commissioners Court, until the next general election; provided, that in counties
having a population of less than 8,000 persons there may be an election of a single
clerk, who shall perform the duties of District and County Clerks.
The County Clerk is elected in the same year that voters elect the Governor of the State.
The County Clerk must annually complete 20 hours of continuing education courses,
including three (3) hours of courses regarding Registry Funds and one (1) hour in
courses regarding fraudulent Court Documents and fraudulent document filings.
Of all the various responsibilities assigned to the County Clerk, the recording of legal
instruments is perhaps the most traditional and basic of duties. In terms of sheer
volume, legal instruments constitute the major portion of paperwork flowing through the
office, require the greatest amount of storage space, and usually take up a larger
portion of the clerk's time than any other single duty. These legal instruments will be
1. ownership or interest in real or personal property.
2. the identity of commercial activities,
3. the identity of persons.
The instruments are filed and recorded in a safe and permanent manner and an index is
provided so records may be easily and completely retrieved.
The County Clerk is the clerk of the Commissioners Court and serves the court during
each of its meetings.
The Clerk posts notices of the agenda and attends all of the meetings as ex-officio
clerk. The Clerk also takes minutes of all actions, records, and indexes the minutes of
The County Clerk also conducts countywide special and general elections, handles Early
Voting (formerly known as Absentee Voting), and generally acts as the Elections
Administrator for the County.
The County Clerk's responsibilities in the area of vital statistics is the issuing of
marriage licenses and the recording of birth and death certificates.
The County Clerk in Nueces County is the local registrar for all births and death
occurring outside the city limits but within the county's boundaries. The original
certificates are recorded by the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the Texas Department of
Health in Austin.
Through modem technology, the Nueces County Clerk can access all birth records of any
person born in Texas through the Vital Statistics of the Texas Department of Health in
A birth record is public information and will be available to the public on and after
the 50th anniversary.
A death record is public information and will be available to the public on and after
the 25th anniversary.
The office of Nueces County Treasurer was abolished on January 1, 1988. The duties of
the County Treasurer along with the responsibilities and power were transferred to the
Nueces County Clerk.
The County Clerk as Chief Custodian of county funds, keeps all funds belonging to the
county in designated depositories and accounts, and keeps detailed accounts of all
receipts and expenditures of the county. Money received is separated into different
fund accounts. A monthly treasurer's report is submitted to Commissioners Court
detailing of all funds received and disbursed.
The Nueces County Clerk's Office has created an in-house fine collection department
responsible for the collection of all fines and court costs in all misdemeanor cases.
The primary duties of the department are to maintain all fine collection records,
assess payment agreement schedules, track payment process and notify defendants of
delinquencies in their payment account.
The County Clerk is responsible for filing and indexing assumed names certificated of
persons doing business under an individual, company, or corporation name.
The County Clerk also files various documents, such as:
- Hospital Liens
- Cattle Brands
- Various Bonds
- Military Discharges
- Optometry Records
- Mental Health Records
- Foreclosure Notices
1977 Nueces County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
901 Leopard, Rm 201
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Hours - 8:00am to 5:00pm,
Monday through Friday