By Laura Hughes – Kaufman County Clerk of Court
The Kaufman County Clerk would like to remind everyone that it is time to re-register their brands. According to state law – beginning Aug. 31, 2011 through Feb. 29, 2012 -- all currently registered marks, brands and tattoos must be re-registered with the County Clerk.
On March 1, 2012, all brands that have not been renewed or re-registered will become “open brands” for the general public.
The cost to register a brand/mark in Kaufman County is $16 per “brand” (horse, cow, etc.) plus $5 for each additional location on the same animal.
To make the process easier and more accessible, the Clerk’s office has worked hard to automate the process. They have created and placed an editable registration form on the county website, (www.kaufmancountyclerk.com ). This form can be completed and printed before being brought to the courthouse for filing.
In addition, all the currently registered brands have been scanned, indexed and placed on the web (www.countygovernmentrecords.com ) for review and printing.
For those who prefer not to use the Internet, the Clerk’s office now has the ability to create a new form using the ranchers existing brand data.
“All that will be required is for the cattlemen to draw their brand and sign the form.” County Clerk Laura Hughes explained, “With Kaufman having over 500 brands that need to be re-registered, our goal was to make this process as quick and stress-free as possible for everyone involved.”
For additional information, contact the Kaufman County Clerk’s Office, 100 W. Mulberry, Kaufman, Texas 75142: 972-932-4331-1104. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.