Texas Public Records
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.
|Court Records |
Texas statewide, regional, county, and federal district court records.
|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.
|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 | 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.
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 | 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.
|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 in Police Custody |
Texas Attorney General Custodial Death Report database of persons who have died in Texas police custody.
|Environment | Waste Management |
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality online industrial, hazardous, solid, and medical waste registry, scrap tire handlers, and solid waste applications.
|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.
|Inmates | Statewide |
Statewide records of currently incarcerated inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
|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.
|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.
|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 |
Texas State Tax Automated Research (STAR) System search for tax research documents.
|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.
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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