We are happy to search the County Clerk’s records for you and can provide regular or certified copies of those documents.
To request a search, call (512) 854-9188 or email your request to the division that will have the record you are requesting. Please be as specific as possible (full name, cause number, etc). If you are planning to pay with a credit card, please include your phone number so a cashier may contact you for payment information. Please do not send your credit card number in an email.
Requesting a “Criminal Background Search”
Upon request, the Clerk’s Office will perform a search of misdemeanor records in Travis County’s centralized justice system. Customers often refer to this as a “criminal background check.” Please note that our search only includes data on Travis County Class A and B misdemeanors as well as any Class C misdemeanor cases appealed from a municipal or Justice of the Peace Court. No federal or other county Justice of the Peace or municipality misdemeanor records are searched. The data provided from these searches relies on the information obtained and entered into Travis County’s centralized justice computer system. Inaccurate data obtained or inaccurately entered by any office performing data entry in the system will result in erroneous data returned. For the most accurate results, please provide as much identifying information as possible.
When requesting a search of misdemeanor data, please provide the person’s full name and date of birth plus any other identifiers that may assist in locating the correct individual. A certified copy of the findings can be provided after payment has been received.
Costs for Record Searches
|Basic record search of electronic data||A search for one name or business is free plus the cost of copies.|
|Basic record search of microfilm or paper data||$10.00 per name per ten-year period searched plus the cost of copies.|
|1981 to present misdemeanor record search||A search for one name which may include up to three AKAs (aliases) is free plus the cost of copies.|
|Prior to 1981 misdemeanor record search||A search for one name which may include up to three AKAs (aliases) is $10.00 plus the cost of copies. Additional AKAs are $10.00 each.|
If you need a special or more in-depth search, our office can provide you an estimate of the cost.
Costs for Obtaining Copies:
Depending on your needs, you can choose from several different copy services.
Documents Online – We have a significant number of documents that are available online. Copies of online documents printed using your computer are free. These copies will bear an “unofficial copy” watermark.
Electronic Documents Sent by Email – These are uncertified documents that a clerk sends to the customer via email. These copies can be requested by phone, email, or in person. If the documents are in our electronic library, the cost for this service is $1.00 per page. If the documents are on microfilm or paper, the cost is $1.00 per page.
Self Service Copies – These are copies made at our office from electronic images, microfilm, or paper. Copies made on the photocopier are 20 cents per page. Copies made from microfilm printers or computer printers are 25 cents per page.
Copies made by Clerk – These are documents that are made at our office by a clerk. These copies can be requested by phone, email, or in person. The cost for this service is $1.00 per page.
Certified Copies – This is when the Clerk makes the copy and places a stamp on it to certify that it is an accurate and complete reproduction of the original document. Certified copies may be requested by phone, email, or in person. There is a $5.00 per document charge for the certification service plus an additional cost of $1.00 per page.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. A transaction fee applies to credit card payments: $3.00 for transactions less than $100.00 or 3% for transactions of $100.00 or more.