El Paso Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The El Paso Police Department (EPPD) records and publishes citywide crime statistics. Figures released by the department in 2017 show that the city experienced a total of 21,621 crimes. Larceny was the most common crime with 10,255 reported cases. There were also 64 traffic fatalities, 36% of which occurred on local roadways. Compared to 2016, the city recorded a 3% drop in crime. Larceny dropped by 7%. Conversely, cases of burglary rose by 25% with 1,906 incidents recorded for 2016 (compared to 1,522 for 2015). The city also recorded rises in reports of murder, robbery, and vehicle theft, which grew by 11%, 18%, and 25% respectively.
El Paso Police Reports and Arrest Records
The Records Division collects, manages and processes crime records and reports for the El Paso Police Department. To obtain a copy of a police report, interested parties need to submit a request in writing by mail or in person. Requests for offense or incident reports must include the case number, date of the event, location, and names of the parties involved. Requests for crash reports must also include the names of the person(s) involved in the crash, location, and date.
In addition to crash and offense reports, the El Paso Police Department processes open record requests via its online information center. Individuals may also obtain public police records by completing and submitting or mailing a public information request form. The department charges 10 cents per page for the first 50 pages of any incident or offense report and $6.00 for accident or crash reports. An additional $2.00 is required for certified accident reports. Open records requests cost 10 cents per page for the first 50 pages.
How to Obtain Background Checks and Clearance Letters in El Paso
The EPPD prepares and issues clearance letters on request. However, this service is only restricted to a search of El Paso records. It does not include possible information on crimes committed outside the city. Criminal history searches are only available to individuals requesting their own background check. Background checks on other individuals can only be done if the subject signs a notarized release form authorizing the search. Requests for any criminal history must be accompanied by valid identification. The department charges $6.00 for criminal history reports.
To make an in-person request for a background search, visit the police headquarters located at:
911 N. Raynor,
El Paso, TX
The office opens between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m most days of the week except on Wednesdays when it closes at 2:00 pm. Requests can also be submitted at any of the other regional offices located at the following addresses.
Pebble Hills Regional Command Center
10780 Pebble Hills Blvd
El Paso, TX, 79936
Westside Regional Command Center
4801 Osborne, El Paso, TX 79922
Mission Valley Regional Command Center
9011 Escobar, El Paso, TX 79907
Northeast Regional Command Center
9600 DYER ST EL PASO, TX 79924
Any request sent by mail should be sent in a self-addressed envelope and addressed to the
El Paso Police Dept.
911N. Raynor St., El Paso, TX
How to Obtain Information on Registered Offenders in El Paso
The EPPD maintains files on registered sex offenders. It also provides an online sex offenders ordinance map that reveals registrants in the city. Users can filter their result by address zones to reveal registrants within a particular neighborhood. In addition, the Texas Department of Public Safety manages an online sex offender website that allows for searches by address and registrant name.
The El Paso County Clerk provides public access to liens, deeds of trust and other public documents while the District Clerk manages criminal and civil cases. Most of these records can be accessed online using the county’s public access system. Users can search for criminal case records, family records and jail records using the connected case number. Record results can also be sorted by filed date, status and defendant’s name. In addition, the county provides data downloads for individuals who request for a large number of cases.
The City of El Paso doesn’t maintain divorce, death, marriage or birth records. Instead, public records are maintained by the District Clerk of El Paso County located at the:
District Clerk Office
500 E. San Antonio, Suite 103 and 105
El Paso, Texas 79901
Written requests can also be made online and sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vital Statistics Unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services provides verification letters for marriages and divorces that occurred from 1968 to present. Individuals can make requests online or by mail. To make a request by mail, send a completed application form to the:
Texas Vital Records
Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
The state charges $20 for divorce verifications. Requests must be accompanied by the requestor’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and the reason for the application. Mail requests typically take 6 to 8 weeks to process, but individuals can fast-track the process by paying an expedited fee
Note: Direct requests made in person at the department’s office are typically completed within five to sixty minutes.
Birth and Death Records in El Paso
To request for birth or death certificates in person, visit the El Paso County recorder office located at
500 E San Antonio, Room 105
El Paso, TX 79901-2496
The County Clerk’s office also maintains an online database for birth records and death records in the country. Users can search the public records using either the first or last name of the subject. Searches can also be refined to only include records available for a specific period.