Frequently Asked Questions
- How can the public access the Bexar County District Court files?
- How can I file a new suit or subsequent filings into an existing case?
- Where can I find the "local rules?
- Does Bexar County have a process for settling disputes without going through the judicial process?
- Where can I find a list of Private Process Servers?
- What agencies do I need to include in a Petition for Expunction of Records?
- How can I submit my concerns to the District Clerk?
- How can I have an arrest or court information removed from my criminal record?
- Do you have a list of helpful phone numbers?
- What are the District Clerk´s favorite web sites?
Files in the District Clerk's Office are accessible to the public with a few exceptions (in compliance with existing laws and court orders). Members of the public may view these public records during regular business hours or can request copies in person at our Records Department in the Basement of the Paul Elizondo Tower. Copies may also be requested via mail or eFiling. For more information please call 210-335-2662. To access available County Clerk and District Clerk criminal and civil records from your home or office, click here to visit our online record search.
Public computers are located in the Research Room in the basement of the Paul Elizondo Tower with access to database searches. Operating instructions are posted at the computer stations. If you cannot find what is needed, please ask for assistance from any Deputy District Clerk.
Filings and new suits must be filed electronically through a state-approved electronic filing service provider. A list can be found here: http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm. Filings over the counter in person will only be accepted for an emergency situation or from filers not represented by an attorney.
Visit the "local rules" section of the Administration page on the District Clerk website.
4. Does Bexar County have a process for settling disputes without going through the judicial process?
We certainly do, and the District Clerk very strongly supports mediation by trained mediators as a proven alternative to litigation.
The Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center has been offering this sensible avenue for conflict resolution at no cost to individuals, businesses, and organizations in Bexar County since 1984. Mediation may be requested by either of the concerned parties if the matter is not already in litigation. If a court case has already been filed, you may contact the Center to see if your case can be ordered to mediation.
The Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center is on the first floor of the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center (300 Dolorosa, Suite 1102, San Antonio, TX 78205-3009). Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Center's phone number is 210-335-2128, their email [email protected], and their website is www.bexar.org/drc.
Through mediation, both parties in a conflict contribute to the solution rather than turning it over to the decision of an outside party -- and thanks to the pro bono services of local mediators, it's FREE! The community and the courts benefit from mediation when valuable court time and taxpayer dollars are not tied up with matters that could be resolved by other means. We encourage you to explore mediation before filing a lawsuit.
Please contact the Supreme Court for more details at http://www.txcourts.gov/jbcc/process-server-certification/
The District Clerk suggests that you start with her office. (All notices will be sent out via email)
|Bexar County District Clerk||Paul Elizondo Tower|
101 W Nueva, Suite #217
San Antonio, Texas 78205-3411
|Bexar County District Attorney||Cadena-Reeves Justice Center|
300 Dolorosa, Suite 4049
San Antonio, Texas 78205-3004
|Bexar County County Clerk||100 Dolorosa, Suite 104|
San Antonio, Texas 78205
|Bexar County Sheriff||200 N. Comal|
San Antonio, Texas 78207-3536
|Bexar County Pre-Trial Services||207 N. Comal, Suite 200|
San Antonio, Texas 78207
|If the case was efiled into at any point:|
|205W. 14th Street, Suite 600|
Austin, TX 78701
|Texas Department of Public Safety|
Crime Record Service (MSC) (0234)
|P.O. Box 4143|
Austin, TX. 78765-4143
|San Antonio Police Department||ATTN: Identification Unit|
315 S. Santa Rosa
San Antonio, Texas 78207
|San Antonio Municipal Court||401 S. Frio San|
Antonio, Texas 78207-4432
By phone, fax, mail, e-mail, in person, any way you want! Click for contact info.
Persons interested in expunction and/or orders of non-disclosure should visit the following link: www.txdps.state.tx.us.
|WHAT YOU REQUIRE||OFFICIAL / OFFICE||PHONE NUMBER|
|Traffic Tickets - San Antonio||San Antonio Municipal Courts||210-207-8970|
|New Marriage License||County Clerk||210-335-2223|
|Copy of Old Marriage License||County Clerk - Vital Statistics||210-335-3009|
|Jury Duty Information||Central Jury Room||210-335-2667|
|Assumed Name/D.B.A.||County Clerk||210-335-2223|
|Research an Assumed Name||County Clerk - Vital Statistics||210-335-3009|
|Copy of Birth Certificate Before 1967|
(Rural, Not in City)
|County Clerk - Vital Statistics||210-335-3009|
|Copy of Birth Certificate After 1967||Metropolitan Health District||210-207-8815|
|Copy of Death Certificate||Metropolitan Health District||210-207-8815|
|Copy of a Will||County Clerk - Probate||210-335-2241|
|Register a DD-214||County Clerk - Recording||210-335-2581|
|Property Deeds and Liens on Property||County Clerk - Deeds and Records||210-335-2225|
|Child Support Assistance||Attorney General - Child Support Division|
Apply for Services
|Obtain a Protective Order||District Attorney - Family Violence Office||210-208-6824|
|Civil District Court Information||District Clerk||210-335-2621|
|Civil District Court Copies||District Clerk||210-335-2662|
|Civil District Court Settings||District Clerk||210-335-2000|
|Civil District Court Adoptions||District Clerk||210-335-2166|
|Criminal District Court Information||District Clerk||210-335-2591|
|U.S. Passport Agent||District Clerk - Operations||210-335-2617|
|Property Taxes, Vehicle Title, and Registration||Tax Assessor/Collector||210-335-2251|
|Housing, rental and utility assistance||Bexar County Housing and Human Services||210-335-3666|
|Reserve a county park site||Parks and Recreation Department||210-207-7275|
|eFile.TXCourts.gov||efile.txcourts.gov||File court documents anytime, anywhere with eFile.TXCourts.gov, Texas' secure, cost-effective e-filing system|
|U.S. Department of Homeland Security||ready.gov||Full of tips and information for these troubled times. Downloadable readiness manuals.|
|Texas Records and Information Locator||castor.tsl.state.tx.us/trail||The State Library´s search engine of state agencies´ web servers plus an agency locator.|
|FirstGov||firstgov.gov||The U.S. Government´s official web portal to agencies, officials, services and information.|
Frequently Asked Questions on Civil Proceedings
Frequently Asked Questions on Criminal Proceedings
Frequently Asked Questions on the efile.txcourts.gov online filing system.