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About Texas Open Public Records
The Texas Public Information Act which was formerly known as the Open Records Act is in chapter 552 of the Government Code. It allows you access to government records without having to explain why you want the records. All government information is presumed to be available to the public with some exceptions outlined in the law. Chapter 551 of the Government Code is the Open Meetings Act which except for authorized executive sessions provides that the meetings of governmental bodies must be open to the public. Texas is the second largest state in the union in both size and population. It became the 28th state to join the union in 1845. There are 254 counties and 1215 incorporated cites. Austin is the capital though Houston is the largest city. Texas is known as the Lone Star State because of the design on its state flag. Millions of people visit the site of the of the Alamo in San Antonio and 'Remember the Alamo' has come to stand for courage and sacrifice in fighting for liberty. The Texas County Appraisal Districts make it easy to lookup property values in the state. This site allows you to find current public records for Texas quickly and easily. Request criminal records from the Department of Public Safety. Learn about the education and background history of the people of Texas. Check out the census data on the housing and real estate markets and take a look at the income and earnings numbers for the residents of Texas. To get an idea of the business environment of Texas, study the information on firms and companies in the state. Find out how to look at vital records and how to order birth, death, marriage and divorce verification letters. Get a feel for the individual county governments and departments and then link to the city websites to find community information and local attractions. Search online for court cases and records and to learn about the Texas judicial system. Review constantly changing headlines and crime reports for the state of Texas. It is a good idea to check this site often as new sources are added on a regular basis.
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  • Where can I find out if my daughter was recently married in Texas?
    Texas is one of the more accessible states where the public can obtain marriage records. The Texas Health and Human Services provide a webpage where you can request marriage, also divorce records online or by mail. A downloadable online index of divorces is also open to the public. Look for "How to Purchase a Birth, Death, Marriage License Application, and Report of Divorce Index" on the left menu.
  • How can I find out in Texas, if someone has a criminal record?
    There are a couple of ways you can look up criminal using public records. One is the Texas Department of Public Safety's Computerized Criminal History System (CCH). You can do this search online. What you can get using this search is outlined prior to making the request. The link above "Texas Criminal Records:" takes you to that webpage. Another method of looking up criminal history is by accessing criminal court's case filings, either online when available or by going to the courthouse. Depending on how deep you want to look, case files can give you a lot more information as opposed to a report of convictions. Unfortunately, these courts are generally at county level, and with so many counties in Texas, you will need to somehow narrow the search. If you want to be thorough, you can do both, the convictions report from the TX DPS can tell you where the convictions are, then you can go to that county's court and pull up the entire case. If you hired a private investigator, this is most likely what they would be doing, trying everything available.
  • How do I find out for free, what's on my Texas arrest record?
    Depending on where or which department made the report. Police/sheriffs departments have websites, some of which waive the first copy to the person(s) involved. Defense attorneys often request the arrest reports and keep copies in their files. That's how to get official arrest/reports, however, if you just want to view any records of arrest, you can view lists of them by going through many of Texas' sheriffs department websites and look at booked individuals. You may see that the webpage will mention "recent arrests", their search can go back months or even over a year. Another method is looking through periodicals, such as news wires and press releases from multiple sources, either government agencies or private entities.
  • Where can I find public bankruptcy records in Texas?
    Bankruptcy courts in Texas are divided in four districts, Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern. Each district covers a group of counties throughout the state and provide public bankruptcy court services ranging from familiarity of the filing process to searching for individual records. When looking to view bankruptcy records, begin with the source, the original court itself. Bankruptcy records are deemed public, however, the type of services which make it available are not guaranteed by law as long they are available. Exceptions can be imposed under the law also, therefore it is important to check each court's site for their process individually. The Texas bankruptcy court's website also includes a service in efforts to having its court records are available online. In some instances, bankruptcy records can be viewed outside of the court's website and appear with a simple search engine query. These are mostly already available which can come from court calendars and public databanks. A note to remember is: when a record is not found in search engine results, it can still be provided to you online directly from the bankruptcy court services.
  • Where do I find in Texas how to get the summary of the complete discussion of a case?
    Look for transcripts on the court's webpage where the case was. Since all the courts are not the same, you'd have to be more specific about where the trial was, but in general, you can see how to request transcripts from the clerk's webpage.
  • Where can I find in Texas, if I have a warrant for my arrest?
    There are law enforcement agencies throughout Texas which have wanted lists posted. It probably doesn't cover all warrants in the state since they were originally issued by a judge/court; therefore, you may have to check courts in some cases. If you go to city warrants list pages, you can access a list online openly as the one Arlington municipal court has. The city police and county sheriff's websites make it easy to check for warrants, and Travis county is a good example of open online warrant searches. These lists get updated regularly, so it is best to go to their source.
  • Where can I find in Texas, how to get a charge expunged from my record, as I was not convicted and the charge was no-bills and is considered a finding of no probable cause?
    Which record shows the charges in dispute? Most public background checks are of convictions. Arrest records are available from the police department which made the arrest, with a formal request. The DA files the charges. That's how it usually is done. There's a RAP sheet that is accessed by the police which does show charges, unlikely to show up unless there's access to police database, which private companies doing background checks do not access to. There may be court records that show criminal information. Depends on where the charges are found
  • Where can I find in Texas, if I am a beneficiary named in a will?
    There are several factors that affect finding out about a will. If the person which you want to see the will of is alive, it is considered private. When and if the will goes to probate after the individual is deceased, the will becomes public records as with many court records. Probate courts have clerks which provide probate record files. There's an effort from probate process to find persons named in the will, in some cases the beneficiaries pass or move becoming difficult to find. People finder and searches to find beneficiaries named in the will locates addresses and leads. These can be used to find all interested parties. The probate court with jurisdiction of the residence at the time of death is the one which would have the case or file. You can check online through several people finder/locator to see how easy you are to find, is the location accurate. If the case is in the system already, you can search most probate court calendars online.
  • Where can I find in Texas, a copy of my criminal and background record to verify the information is accurate?
    There are many of us which are not absolutely sure of what records show up in our background. Are citations showing, details of severe infractions such as DUI or reckless driving. Which court records show up? The more a person thinks about it, the less they are sure of what may appear. It isn't hard to search your own records, many of us do to check before applying for employment. Some need to clear their records or eliminate erroneous entries. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers a public criminal database for public use. It is low cost at only $3 per credit, which is the cost for one name search. The fee can add up if you need to search for additional names, regardless whether of the same person or not. What the DPS also offers is a list of employers which have ordered their criminal history checks. The list includes small as well as larger firms. Looking at the companies which are listed, one can't help but notice that some of the names are data providers, retail and wholesale. Some of the largest names in data collection and providers are listed having purchased reports from the DPS. These companies are the source of information for multitude of other companies. Once the record is out, it's out there and DPS no longer has control. They also do not have control over the interpretation of such records. However, reputable firms update their data often to reflect expungements or corrections that were recently made.
  • Where can I find in Texas, my mother's indictment report, trial file, judgement, and sentence?
    These should be considered public record. Where to get them is related to the court of jurisdiction and police department in case you want to request the entire police report to give you more information. Criminal case search can be conducted at county court level, many if not all online. In In Brazos as an example, the county court lets you search their case files by defendant, attorney or both. This service is free and online for the public use freely. There are also bond searches, jail searches and jp criminal searched.
Texas Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Texas Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    121,474
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    1,409
  • Rape:
    14,824
  • Robbery:
    28,988
  • Aggravated Assault:
    76,253
  • Total Property Crime:
    693,204
  • Burglary:
    113,902
  • Larceny Theft:
    501,813
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    77,489
Texas Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    25,145,561
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    20,851,818
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    21%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    4,293,741
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    20,851,820
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    2,073,513
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    8%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    6,895,969
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    28%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    10%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    2,539,215
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    17,701,552
  • State's black resident population
    2,979,598
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    170,972
  • State's Asian resident population
    964,596
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    21,656
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    679,001
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    9,460,921
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    11,397,345
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    70%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    12%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    4%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    38%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    45%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Texas
  • Births
    407,625
  • Deaths
    160,548
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    2,564
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    81%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Texas Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    16%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    34%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    79%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    25%
  • Total number of Veterans
    1,621,077
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Texas
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    25 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    9,724,220
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    1,566,653
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    19%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    65%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $118,900
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    24%
  • Total number of households
    8,269,046
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Texas Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $24,318
  • Statewide income of median households in Texas
    $48,286
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    17%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $884,191
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $37,083
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    11,930,847
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    910,621
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    14,157,309
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    1,912,610
  • People employed by the government
    1,888,294
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    726,340,468
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    51,305
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    522,336
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