Texas Public Records

Texas’s version of the freedom of information law is called the Texas Public Information Act. Codified in Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, the Texas Public Information Act gives you the right to access government records without having to answer questions about why you want them. All governmental information is presumed to be available, with only specifically exempted information being immune from disclosure. Requestors have a right to prompt (within 10 days) access to information that is not protected; to reasonable accommodations if the requestor is disabled; to receive some types of information without exception; to receive an estimate of charges prior to receiving the information; to inspect or receive copies of information (inspection is often at no-charge); to receive redacted copies if a document contains protected information. The government must establish reasonable procedures for inspection and copying; set date and time limits for providing information; get a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General before withholding any information; and make a good faith effort to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested.

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Public & Vital Records for Counties in Texas

More About Texas

Texas is the second-largest state in the United States in terms of size and the third-largest state in terms of population. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and is a bridge between the area known as the Deep South and the Southwest. The population of Texas was estimated to be almost 28,000,000 as of

  1. Texas is home to some of the largest cities and metropolitan areas in the country, including: Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, and EL Paso. The oil industry is one of the state’s most significant industries, and Texas has the second highest gross domestic product of any state, trailing behind California. Texas is considered a low taxes / low services state; while there is no state income tax, taxpayers in Texas do not receive the same level of public services as people from high-tax states.

Public Records in TX

The State of Texas does not keep public records in a single location, but has multiple different locations for different types of public records.

Property Records

Property records are records that relate to property and can include ownership records, also known as deeds, tax records, and other records that could impact ownership such as liens or judgments against a property. In Texas, there is no central state repository of property tax information. However, the Texas Comptroller’s Property Tax webpage has links to property tax offices in all of the Texas counties.

Land Records

The Texas County Courts are responsible for maintaining land records. The deed records should contain information related to a parcel of land, but, if the record was established before the 1880s, may also contain documents unrelated to the title to the property. In Texas, deed records are legally required to reference both the grantor and the grantee. The recording of deeds of trust and mortgages is required by law, and must be indexed by law.

Property Tax Records

Property tax records are available through two county-level offices in Texas. The appraisal district has records about property value, while the county tax-assessor has information about tax bills.

Deed Records

Deeds are recorded at a county level with the County Clerk’s office. Deeds and mortgages are filed with the county clerk and reference both the grantor and the grantee.


TX Vital Records

The term vital statistics refers to the type of basic personal information that can help a state track its population. The term includes, but is not limited to, birth and death records, and marriage and divorce records.

Birth Records

In Texas, you can get birth records at the local county courthouse, and it does not have to the county of birth. You can also order them online from the Texas Department of State Health Services using the Vital Records Application.

Death Records

In Texas, you can get death records at the local county courthouse, but may have to show a relationship to the deceased. You can also order them online from the Texas Department of State Health Services using the Vital Records Application.

Marriage Records

In Texas, you can get marriage records at the local county courthouse in the county where the marriage occurred. You can also order them online from the Texas Department of State Health Services using the Vital Records Application.

Divorce Records

In Texas, you can get divorce records at the local county courthouse where the divorce occurred. You can get verification of divorce, but not the divorce file, by ordering online from the Texas Department of State Health Services using the Vital Records Application.

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