Bexar County Arrest, Court and Public Records
There are no annual county-wide crime data for Bexar County. However, crime figures for San Antonio city, its largest municipality and county seat, are representative of trends for the county. San Antonio recorded 149 murders in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime records. Other incidences of violent crime in the city include 1,190 rapes, 2,232 robberies, and 7,183 assaults. A closer look at property crimes recorded in the same year reveals that larceny was the most common crime with 58,318 incidents. There were also 12,235 burglaries, 7,233 auto thefts, and 254 arsons in San Antonio in 2016.
When compared with 2015 figures, the city recorded higher incidences of all crimes except arson. Arson rate fell by 2.7% over the on-year period. Murder rate rose by 58.5% while there were 13.4% more cases of rape. San Antonio city also saw greater numbers of robberies (12.4%), assaults (31.4%), burglaries (5.2%), larcenies (4.5%), and auto thefts (17.1%).
Bexar County Sheriff's Office provides monthly patrol briefs on its website. These provide crime statistics but only include figures for calls made to the county Sheriff rather than the police departments and other law enforcement agencies in Bexar County.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) is the agency responsible for maintaining an up-to-date registry of sex offenders in the state. In accordance to Texas laws, it also makes these information publicly available. Visit the Public Sex Offender Registry webpage to search the state's database of registered sex offenders. Citizens of Bexar County can use the search tools on the website to find individual sex offenders by name or get map results showing offenders living in their neighborhoods.
TxDPS also provides a separate county search tool. Use this to find a complete list of registered sex offenders currently living in Bexar County. To do so, simply chose Bexar from the drop-down list of Texas counties.
Bexar County Sheriff's Office accepts in-person and mail requests for criminal histories. To request a background check in person, visit the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, 200 N. Comal St., San Antonio, TX. The office opens from Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Send a mail request, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and the required fee to:
Bexar County Sheriff's Office
Central Records, Reports Desk
200 N. Comal Street
San Antonio, TX 78207-3505
The Sheriff's Office charges $8 for this service.
The County Clerk and District Clerk are responsible for maintaining all court records for Bexar County. These officials provide a central database for court documents on the county's website. Use the basic search tool to find civil and criminal case documents by searching by name and case number. The advanced search tool allows users to narrow their searches by specifying the courts in which their cases were heard. This search function also allows users to search court cases by bond number and bondsman ID.
The County Clerk is the official responsible for issuing copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates in Bexar County. To request one of these, download and complete the Birth/Death Certificate Request form. Mail the completed form to:
Bexar County Clerk
Attn: Vital Statistics Department
100 Dolorosa, Ste #104
San Antonio, TX 78205
The fee for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $23. County Clerk charges $21 for each certified copy of a death record and $4 for each additional copy ordered at the same time. Check and money orders are acceptable. Make these payable to Lucy Adame-Clark, Bexar County Clerk.