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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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Administrative Code

Browse the Texas Administrative Code by Title and Part.

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.

Attorney General Opinions

Browse or search the Texas Attorney General's database of opinions.


State Bar of Texas "Find a Lawyer" program.

Births and Christenings 1840-1981

Search over 400,000 Texas birth and christening records filed between 1840 and 1981.

Burials - Texas State Cemetery

Search the Texas State Cemetery records by name or map for burials of Texas notable citizens.


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.

Court Records | PACER Federal District Courts  Pay Site

PACER United States District Court civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records for the Northern, Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas.

Courts - Court of Appeals Cases

Select a Court to search for Texas Court of Appeals cases by Case Number or case name.

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 - Criminal Appeals Opinions

Provided by: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Search for opinions by case number, date written, or by opinion text.

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.

Courts - Supreme Court Cases Set for Submission

List of cases set to be heard in oral argument before the Supreme Court of Texas.

Death Certificates 1890-1976

Search for Texas Deaths certificates recorded between 1890 and 1976 and view or download certificate images.

Death Records 1964-1998

Search over 3.9 million 1964-1998 Texas death records by name, county, year, and/or gender. Provided by RootsWeb.

Deaths and Burials 1903-1973

Search 270,000 Texas death and burial records filed between 1903 and 1973.

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.

Hotel Occupancy Tax Receipts - Quarterly

Search this Texas Office of the Comptroller database for quarterly hotel occupancy tax receipts by city name and quarter.

Inmates | Executed Offenders 1923-1973

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) list of Offenders executed between 1923 and 1973.

Inmates | Men on Death Row

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) list of men on Death Row.

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.

Inmates | Statewide

Statewide records of currently incarcerated inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Inmates | Women on Death Row

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) list of Women on Death Row.

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.

Most Wanted Fugitives

View the Texas Department of Public Safety list of top ten most wanted 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.

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.

Texas is located in the south central United States. The Capital is Austin and the largest city is Houston.  The Official Web Site is located at  Texas is the 2nd most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 26,956,958 and the 2010 census population was 25,146,104.  The land area is 261,231.71 square miles and there are 96.3 persons per square mile.

80.3% of the population is White, 12.4% is Black or African American, 38.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% is Asian, 1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.8% are two or more races. 81.2% are a high school graduate or higher, and 26.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $128,900. There are on average 2.82 persons per household, the per capita income is $26,019, the median household income is $51,900, and 17.6% of the persons in Texas are considered below poverty level.

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