San Antonio Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) provides city-wide figures for crime statistics. It includes a total of reported property and violent crimes as well as a breakdown of different offenses. In 2017, the city recorded a total of 84,438 crime incidents, it’s second lowest figure since 2011. Larceny was the most common property crime with 55,090 incidents while reports of aggravated assault accounted for the most common violent crime with 7,067 cases. The city also recorded 11,722 burglaries and 1,270 cases of rape. Compared to 2016, incidents of larceny dropped by 5 percent while homicide dropped by 15%.
Police Reports and Arrest Records
In compliance with the Texas Public Information Act, the SAPD provides access to a variety of records, including accident and police reports. Requests for police records or requests can be made in person, online or by mail.
Who Can Request a Police Report?
In compliance with state laws, access to some police reports may be restricted to only authorized applicants. Requests can be made by witnesses or victims of a crime, insurance carriers, or legal representatives of victims. Requests for juvenile information will require the permission of the presiding judge of juvenile court.
How to Obtain Police Records
To request for a record directly, visit the SAPD headquarters, located at 315 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio Texas. The office opens between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Police records can also be obtained online using the San Antonio open records request portal. First-time requestors will need to create a login profile.
San Antonio Police
Department Records Office,
315 S. Santa Rosa,
San Antonio, TX 78207
You will need to provide your name, type of required information, address, date of the incident, and case number. Public reports provide information on the victim, arrested person, and general narrative. However, they do not involve personal information of arrested persons or details of suspects.
Note: Requests for police reports connected to a pending criminal prosecution may be denied.
How to Obtain Criminal History/Background Checks
The SAPD conducts background checks on request. However, the scope of its search is only limited to records available for San Antonio. It does not include arrest records or histories of crimes committed in other locations within or beyond Texas. To request a background check, download and submit a request form. Forms submitted on behalf of individuals by a third party must be notarized. Requestors will also need to provide a valid form of I.D, such as a driver’s license, military ID, state-issued ID, birth certificate or alien registration.
How Do I Search for Sex Offenders in San Antonio?
The Texas Department of Public Safety maintains a regularly updated online registry on registered sex offenders in the state. Users can search for registrants using their name, address, or proximity to institutes of higher learning. Searches can also be made using a specific name, zip code, or using a mapping tool that allows you to search for offenders within a particular address zone.
The Bexar County Clerk serves as a custodian for court records filed in San Antonio and the rest of the county. Residents can search for criminal and civil court case records using an online platform. Interested parties can conduct searches by name, business name, case number or SID number. Applicants can also submit requests for copies of civil, probate and criminal cases using the clerk’s e-filing system, by mail or in person at:
100 Dolorosa, Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78205
Requests must include a case number and address. The county clerk charges a fee of $1.00 per page. The county clerk also provides access to property records, land records, and foreclosures via a public online search tool.
Records for the criminal or traffic cases heard at San Antonio Municipal Court can be obtained using the online courts record and docket search. It provides updates on the status of closed and open cases as well as offense description and information on fees/fines. To use this tool, users must know the defendant’s full name, date of birth and citation/case number.
How to Find Public Bankruptcy Records
Bankruptcy records are managed by the Western District of Texas United States Bankruptcy Court. Members of the public can search for records using an approved PACER account.
The platform charges $0.10 per page for access to case information with a maximum cap of $30.00 (30 pages) for any single document. Support may also be available at the Clerk’s office located at:
Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and United States Courthouse
615 East Houston Street, Room 597
San Antonio, Texas 78205
How to Find Divorce Records
Records of divorce decrees or dissolutions that occurred in San Antonio can be obtained at the Bexar County District Clerk. Eligible parties may conduct on-site searches at public kiosks at no charge. Requests can also be made by mail and sent to
Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W Nueva, Suite 217
San Antonio, TX 78205-3411
The district clerk charges a $5 search fee and $1.00 per page for certified and plain copies. Acceptable payment options for mail requests include money orders and cashier’s check. Requests may take an average of 10 working days to process.
The Texas Department of State Health Service provides divorce verifications (not the same as divorce decrees) for events that occurred from 1966 till present. Interested parties can obtain verification letters in person at 1100 W. 49th St, Austin, TX. The office opens Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Completed applications must include the full name of both spouses, the requester’s contact information and specified relationship. Mailed requests should be sent to the:
Texas Vital Records
Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
The office charges $20 for verification letters with a processing time of 6 to 8 weeks for mailed requests (25 business days if expedited). In-person requests take an average of 30 minutes.
How to Obtain Birth/Death Records
The Bexar County Vital Statistics Department provides access to birth and death records for births that occurred in the rural county before 1967 and deaths that occurred after 1905. Records for births that occurred from 1873 and births that occurred within city limits can be obtained from the office of the city clerk.
Birth records are only available to qualified applicants. This includes the registrant, immediate family members, guardian, and authorized legal representatives. Applicants are required to provide proof of representation or relationship on request.
To obtain a birth/death record, requestors must submit a completed, notarized application form, providing their full name, contact details, and signature. In-person and mail applications can be made at the:
Office of the City Clerk
George Whitfield, Jr. Municipal Records Facility
719 S. Santa Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78204
The office charges a $23.00 fee to search for a birth certificate and $21 to search for death certificates. An additional $4.00 per certificate is charged for each subsequent copy of a death certificate. Certified copies of birth and death records ordered by mail cost $12.00 for standard mail and $24.25 for overnight mail.