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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.
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|* Official Website of the State of Texas |
Find everything you need in Texas at the official website of the state. From government services to government offices and public employees.
|Active Warrants | Department of Public Safety |
Texas Department of Public Safety search for open failure to appear warrants.
|Archives | Texas Records And Information Locator (TRAIL) |
Texas state government information by keyword, title, subject or agency. Results give you a link to the department where you can retrieve the needed information.
|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.
|Court Records |
Texas statewide, regional, county, and federal district court records.
|Criminal Histories | Department of Public Safety Pay Site|
Texas Department of Public Safety for criminal history database reported to DPS by local criminal justice agencies in Texas. Account code and fee required.
|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.
|Deaths | 1964-1998 |
Over 4.1 million Texas death records filed between 1964 and 1998. Database provided by FamilySearch.
Search for divorces in Texas by name.
|Divorces & Annulments |
Downloadable indexes of Texas annulments and divorces provided by the Texas Department of Health Services.
|Highway Patrol Citations |
Texas Highway Patrol search for citations issued in the last two years.
Texas marriages since 1966.
|Most Wanted | Child Support |
Texas Attorney General child support evaders lists.
|Property and Tax Records |
Select a Texas county to search free for real, personal, and business property records.
|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.
Check the status of your voter registration with the Texas Secretary of State voter database.
|Agency Finder |
This used to be a well done state agency service from Texas. You can still find state agencies, but they make you work harder for it.
|Archives | Confederate Pensions |
Texas State Library and Archives Commission database of Texas Confederate Pension.
|Archives | Historic Maps |
Searchable database Texas State Library archives map collection.
|Archives | Republic Claims |
Texas Archives database of Comptroller citizen claims for payment or restitution 1835-1846.
|Archives | Texas Military Organizations |
Texas 1836-1935 archives of military organization, such as the Texas Rangers, Frontier Forces, Minute Men, Army and Navy of the Republic, State Police, Special Rangers, Railroad Rangers, and more.
|Attorney General Opinions |
Texas Attorney General Opinions index.
State Bar of Texas "Find a Lawyer" program.
|Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens Pay Site|
Texas Statewide or nationwide search for bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens. $5 per search.
|Births and Christenings 1840-1981 |
Index of over 400,000 Texas births and christenings recorded 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.
|Code | Administrative |
Texas Administrative Code by Title and Part.
|Companies | Permits and Taxpayers |
Find new franchise taxpayers, sales tax permits, mixed beverage tax receipts, and hotel occupancy tax receipts, or search a substantial number of other business and tax databases.
|Companies | Sales Taxpayers |
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.
|Comptroller MegaData |
Texas Office of the Comptroller "Texas Transparency" records. Huge list of data sets including tax receipts, tax permits, unclaimed property, highway fines, agency expenditures, motor vehicle sales, and much much more.
Browse the Texas Constitution by Article and Section, or search by keyword or phrase.
|Court Records | Supreme Court & Court of Appeals |
Texas Judicial Branch index of Supreme Court of Texas and Appeals Courts case records, document search, and case schedules.
|Courts - Supreme Court Cases Set for Submission |
List of cases set to be heard in oral argument before the Supreme Court of Texas.
|Death Records 1890-1976 |
Texas death certificates recorded between 1890 and 1976. Search for and 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 |
Index of 270,000 Texas death and burial records filed between 1903 and 1973.
|Deaths in Police Custody |
Texas Attorney General Custodial Death Report database of persons who have died in Texas police custody.
|Environment | Drinking Water |
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality database of public water supply systems.
|Environment | Petroleum Storage Tank |
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality central registry of Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) and Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank (LPST) data.
|Environment | Stormwater & Wastewater Applications |
Permit status of storm-water and wastewater permits and design plans submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
|Environment | Waste Management |
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality online industrial, hazardous, solid, and medical waste registry, scrap tire handlers, and solid waste applications.
|Environment | Water Quality |
Water quality data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
|Environment | Water Supply Permits |
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality database of water supply system plans and permit applications.
|Environment | Water Wells |
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sources for finding water well reports.
|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 | County Jails |
Texas County jail inmate searches from VineLink.
|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 |
Texas General Land Office surname index of persons issued Texas land grants. Includes Spanish and Mexican grants.
|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.
Texas Ethics Commission registered Lobbyists and Lobbyist Compensation.
|Marriage Records |
Downloadable indexes of marriage applications from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
|Marriages 1837-1973 |
Index of 1.6 million Texas marriages filed between 1837 and 1973.
|Missing Children |
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children search for Texas missing children.
|Missing Persons |
Texas Dept of Public Safety searches 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.
|State Lands for Sale |
Texas General Land Office database of state lands available for sale.
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 |
Texas State Tax Automated Research (STAR) System search for tax research documents.
|Taxpayer & Vendor Account Status |
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts status of sales tax permits.
|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.
|Vehicle Registration |
Find your Texas vehicle registration by county, plate number, and VIN, and renew online.
|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 http://www.texas.gov/. 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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