Serchhip District was initially a part of Aizawl district. It functioned as a rural development block under Aizawl district. On 15 September 1998, it was elevated directly to district administrative area from this initial rural block area.

Due to this direct elevation, the district had many challenges to function as a full fledged district administrative area. However, due to the support it has received from the state and central government it has now made a good progressed.