Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. How can the public access the Bexar County District Court files?
  2. How can I file a new suit or subsequent filings into an existing case?
  3. Where can I find the "local rules?
  4. Does Bexar County have a process for settling disputes without going through the judicial process?
  5. Where can I find a list of Private Process Servers?
  6. What agencies do I need to include in a Petition for Expunction of Records?
  7. How can I submit my concerns to the District Clerk?
  8. How can I have an arrest or court information removed from my criminal record?
  9. Do you have a list of helpful phone numbers?
  10. What are the District Clerk´s favorite web sites?

1. How can the public access the Bexar County District Court files?

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.

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2. How can I file a new suit or subsequent filings into an existing case?

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.

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3. Where can I find the "local rules?

Visit the "local rules" section of the Administration page on the District Clerk website.

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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.

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5. Where can I find a list of Private Process Servers?

Please contact the Supreme Court for more details at http://www.txcourts.gov/jbcc/process-server-certification/ 

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6. What agencies do I need to include in a Petition for Expunction of Records?

The District Clerk suggests that you start with her office. (All notices will be sent out via email)

AGENCYADDRESS
Bexar County District ClerkPaul Elizondo Tower
101 W Nueva, Suite #217
San Antonio, Texas 78205-3411
Bexar County District AttorneyCadena-Reeves Justice Center
300 Dolorosa, Suite 4049
San Antonio, Texas 78205-3004
Bexar County County Clerk100 Dolorosa, Suite 104
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Bexar County Sheriff200 N. Comal
San Antonio, Texas 78207-3536
Bexar County Pre-Trial Services207 N. Comal, Suite 200
San Antonio, Texas 78207
If the case was efiled into at any point:
OCA Expunctions
205W. 14th Street, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78701
Texas Department of Public Safety
Expunction Unit
Crime Record Service (MSC) (0234)
P.O. Box 4143
Austin, TX. 78765-4143
San Antonio Police DepartmentATTN: Identification Unit
315 S. Santa Rosa
San Antonio, Texas 78207
San Antonio Municipal Court401 S. Frio San
Antonio, Texas 78207-4432

 

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7. How can I submit my concerns to the District Clerk?


By phone, fax, mail, e-mail, in person, any way you want! Click for contact info.

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8. How can I have an arrest or court information removed from my criminal record?

Persons interested in expunction and/or orders of non-disclosure should visit the following link: www.txdps.state.tx.us.

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9. Do you have a list of helpful phone numbers?

WHAT YOU REQUIREOFFICIAL / OFFICEPHONE NUMBER
Traffic Tickets - San AntonioSan Antonio Municipal Courts210-207-8970
New Marriage LicenseCounty Clerk210-335-2223
Copy of Old Marriage LicenseCounty Clerk - Vital Statistics210-335-3009
Jury Duty InformationCentral Jury Room210-335-2667
Assumed Name/D.B.A.County Clerk210-335-2223
Research an Assumed NameCounty Clerk - Vital Statistics210-335-3009
Copy of Birth Certificate Before 1967
(Rural, Not in City)
County Clerk - Vital Statistics210-335-3009
Copy of Birth Certificate After 1967Metropolitan Health District210-207-8815
Copy of Death CertificateMetropolitan Health District210-207-8815
Copy of a WillCounty Clerk - Probate210-335-2241
Register a DD-214County Clerk - Recording210-335-2581
Property Deeds and Liens on PropertyCounty Clerk - Deeds and Records210-335-2225
Child Support AssistanceAttorney General - Child Support Division
Apply for Services
210-841-8450
Obtain a Protective OrderDistrict Attorney - Family Violence Office210-208-6824
Civil District Court InformationDistrict Clerk210-335-2621
Civil District Court CopiesDistrict Clerk210-335-2662
Civil District Court SettingsDistrict Clerk210-335-2000
Civil District Court AdoptionsDistrict Clerk210-335-2166
Criminal District Court InformationDistrict Clerk210-335-2591
U.S. Passport AgentDistrict Clerk - Operations210-335-2617
Property Taxes, Vehicle Title, and RegistrationTax Assessor/Collector210-335-2251
Housing, rental and utility assistanceBexar County Housing and Human Services210-335-3666
Reserve a county park siteParks and Recreation Department210-207-7275


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10. What are the District Clerk's favorite web sites?

Web Site
URL
Purpose
eFile.TXCourts.govefile.txcourts.govFile court documents anytime, anywhere with eFile.TXCourts.gov, Texas' secure, cost-effective e-filing system
U.S. Department of Homeland Securityready.gov Full of tips and information for these troubled times. Downloadable readiness manuals.
Texas Records and Information Locatorcastor.tsl.state.tx.us/trailThe 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.


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