Texas Public Records
According to the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, public information is collected and kept by the Texas government for the purpose of its function. All government information is deemed to be available to the public, with the exception of certain documents that would violate personal privacy rights, endanger citizens or government entities, or are confidential by law.
Public records are materials and documents stored by a government entity and made accessible to the public. These often include deeds, mortgages, property records, land records, judgments, liens, maps, photographs, meeting minutes, legal papers, letters, laws, ordinances, license information, vital records, and other types of records.
This page is devoted to providing you the most in-demand databases of statewide public records in Texas. More resources at levels other than the state level are available via the menu in the margin.
- Court System - The Texas court system has five levels. At the first level are Justice Courts (civil cases to $10,000, small claims) and Municipal Courts (ordinance violations, civil). Both handle magistrate functions & lesser misdemeanors. Second are county trial courts: Constitutional County Courts (civil to $10,000, probate, serious misdemeanors, juvenile, appeals); County Courts at Law (civil to $100,000, criminal & appellate actions); and Statutory Probate Courts. Third are state trial District Courts, which handle civil, divorce, land title, felony, & juvenile cases. Fourth are the Courts of Appeals, which review decisions from the lower courts. At the top is the Supreme Court (final appeals for civil & juvenile cases); and the Court of Criminal Appeals (final appeals for criminal cases). Texas Court Records
- Criminal Records - The Texas Department of Safety (DPS) provides an online public database called the DPS Computerized Criminal History System (CCH) and it contains convictions and deferred adjudications only. If you want to do a full statewide fingerprint-based search of all Arrests (convictions and non-convictions), it requires consent and fingerprints from the person being searched. That search is available to Authorized Entities from the DPS. In the Texas Court System, felony cases are handled by the District Courts, while the County Courts handle misdemeanors. To order an official record search, or to access other databases, go to our Texas Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records - Vital Records are available from: Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756, (888) 963-7111 or (512) 458-7111, Fax: (512) 458-7711. Go to our Vital Records page for historical births and christenings, county birth records; the Texas Social Security Death Index, genealogical death records, obituaries, cemetery burial databases, and county deaths; the State Department of Health marriage record download page; county marriage records; county divorce databases, and statewide divorces from 1966 to 2006.
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|Companies | Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, Assumed Names, Trademarks Pay Site|
Secretary of State SOSDirect Business Registry. Use the temporary login form or sign up for an SOSDirect account to search for registry information on corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, limited partnerships, trademarks, and assumed business names. There's a large number of search options, including name availability, business name searches, FEIN, TID, document number, agent, manager, and director queries.
|Companies | Taxable Entity Search |
This is a great free alternative to the Texas Secretary of State SOSDirect service to find information on corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and assumed business names. It doesn't give you as many search options though and the information is more limited, but it's a valuable service if you're looking for registration information on a Texas business. Find records by Tax ID, business name, or Secretary of State file number.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium combined criminal record database statewide in Texas that includes: Department of Public Safety felony & misdemeanor conviction records; Department of Criminal Justice inmate records; felony and misdemeanor convictions in county courts; and Texas registered sex offenders. $9.95 per search. Immediate results.
|Death Records 1964-1998 |
Search over 4.1 million Texas death records filed between 1964 and 1998. Database provided by FamilySearch.
|Divorce Records (download) |
Use this Texas Department of State Health service to download, extract, and then search Texas divorce records filed between 1968 and 2005.
Search for divorces in Texas by name.
|Inmates | County Jails |
Click on "Search & Register," then "Choose Agency" to select a county jail inmate database. Enter the name and date of birth or age range for Texas inmates and offenders in county jails.
|Marriage Records (download) |
Use this Texas Department of State Health service to download, extract, and then search annual marriage records filed in Texas between 1966 and 2001.
|Marriages 1966-2008 |
Search by name and/or keyword for Texas marriages recorded between 1966 and 2008.
|Sex Offenders |
Texas Department of Public Safety sex offender registry, searchable by name, address, zip code, county, college, or university.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for Texas unclaimed property by name of owner (individual or business). Gives address, city, and type of property, as well as amount and how to claim property or money.
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|Agency Finder |
This is really a well done state agency service from Texas. They provide an alphabetical list of state agencies, a quick-find service in the left-hand column, a search box with a well-designed advanced search, language options, and even a mobile site.
State Bar of Texas "Find a Lawyer" program.
Perpetual care cemeteries licensed by the Texas Department of Banking.
|Census 1850 -1930 |
Search the Texas Census. Select years ranging from 1850 through 1930.
|Child Support Payment Information |
Custodial Parents, Non-Custodial Parents, and Attorneys may search for child support information in Texas. Requires Case Identification Number and PIN.
|Companies | New Business Permits and Taxpayers |
These aren't searchable online, but they do allow you to download the information and search it yourself. Use this to find new franchise taxpayers, sales tax permits, mixed beverage tax receipts, and hotel occupancy tax receipts by recent filing or download the quarterly or monthly data.
|Companies | Sales Taxpayers |
This is a statewide database of Sales Taxpayers, a free service from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, searchable by taxpayer number, EIN, zip code, business legal name, or owner or business name.
|Confederate Pensions |
Search this Texas State Library and Archives Commission database of Texas Confederate Pensions by name, county, and/or application number. Read the introduction for information on requesting pension copies.
Browse the Texas Constitution by Article and Section, or search by keyword or phrase.
|Courts - Criminal Appeals Cases |
Provided by: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Search for case information by case number, date filed, style, and/or COA number.
|Courts - Supreme Court Case Records |
Provided by: Supreme Court of Texas. Search for case filings by case #, date filed, style or court of appeals #. Information provided includes case number, petitioner/respondent, date filed, type, Court of Appeals number, COA and Trial information.
|Death Records 1964-1998 |
Search over 3.9 million 1964-1998 Texas death records by name, county, year, and/or gender. Provided by RootsWeb.
|Divorces 1966-2003 |
Search for divorces in Texas by husband, wife, county, file number or divorce date for the period 1966 through 2003. After entering information, click on the search button (with a curved blue arrow above it) to begin search.
|Electronic Publications |
Search for Texas State government electronic publications by keyword, title, subject, and/or agency.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Use Search Systems Eviction Records as part of your tenant screening. Search statewide in Texas for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Texas instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Forfeited Land Sale Tracts |
Search this Texas Veterans Land Board database for Forfeited Land Sale Tracts by Tract Number or County Name.
|Fuels Tax Permits List |
Browse this Texas State Comptroller list by name for Texas Fuels Tax Permits. Provides taxpayer number, name, city, zip code, and permit type.
|Inmates | Offenders No Longer on Death Row |
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) list of Offenders who are no longer on Death Row. Reasons include reversed convictions, suicides, reduced sentences, deaths from natural causes, murders, dismissed and acquitted sentences.
|Insurance Fraud |
Browse these Texas Department of Insurance lists of monthy insurance fraud indictments and case dispositions.
|Land Grants |
Search the Texas Archives & Records database of Texas General Land Office Land Grants by county, abstract number, grantee, patentee, file number, certificate, title date, patent date/number/volume, part section, and/or survey/block/township.
|Legal Resources |
Database provided by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA). The Legal Resource Database includes the following: seminar papers, appellate briefs, forms, selected articles from our publications, and other prosecutorial aids.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business |
Search for and verify the status of Texas professional and business licenses in Texas, including Physicians, Dentists, CPAs, Nurses, Real Estate brokers and sales persons, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Attorneys.
Browse these three lists of the Texas Ethics Commission for registered Lobbyists and Lobbyist Compensation: reg. lobbyists without client info; reg. lobbyists with client info sorted by client; and reg. lobbyists with client info sorted by lobbyist.
|Marriages 1837-1973 |
Search over 1.6 million Texas marriage records filed between 1837 and 1973.
|Marriages 1966-2003 |
Use this CourthouseDirect fee-based service to search by name and county or date range or by file number, for Texas marriages recorded between 1966 and 2003.
|Military Service Records 1836-1935 |
Search this Texas State Library and Archives Commission database of Texas Adjutant General Service Records for the period 1836-1935. Includes Texas Rangers, Frontier Forces, Minute Men, Navy of the Republic, State Police, and many more.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Texas to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Missing Persons |
Search through the TX Dept of Public Safety for missing persons, abductors, and unidentified persons.
|Oil & Gas Production |
Search this Railroad Commission of Texas database of Texas Oil & Gas Production by year, district, onshore county, offshore area, lease number, lease name, field number, or field name.
|Property Tax Rates |
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts posting of downloadable spreadsheets of county, city, school district, and special district tax rates.
|Regional Databases |
Search regional public record databases in Texas such as U.S. District Court records and regional appeals courts.
Browse or download the Texas Statutes, or click on "Search" at the top of the page to search for Texas Statutes by keyword or phrase.
|Tax Research Index |
Search this Texas State Tax Automated Research (STAR) System for tax research documents. Search by tax type, document type, document status, keyword, phrase, or date.
|Tax Rules / Statutes |
Search this Texas State Tax Automated Research (STAR) database by tax type, date, keyword, and/or phrase for Texas tax rules and statutes.
|Taxpayer & Vendor Account Status |
Search the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts database to check the status of a sales tax permit in Texas. Search by vendor number, SSN ID, FEI ID, business name, individual name, or business location.
|Traffic Accident Reports |
Use this TRACview service to purchase a traffic accident report if you were involved in an accident in Texas. Accounts are available for insurance companies. Law enforcement agencies can apply for free accounts.
|Uniform Commercial Code Pay Site|
Search the Texas Secretary of State "SOSDirect" Business Registry for Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings. $1 fee per search. Use the "temporary login form" if you don't need to become a Texas SOSDirect subscriber.
|Water Utilities |
Search this Texas Commission on Environmental Quality database of Water Utilities by water distict name or number, utility name or number, CCN number, public water system name or ID.
|Workers Compensation - Covered Employers |
Search this Texas Workers' Compensation Commission database "to determine if a Texas employer has workers' compensation coverage under the Texas Workers' Compensation Act." Search by employer name and optionally by city in Texas.