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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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