Dallas County Arrest, Court and Public Records

Arrest Records

While crime data for Dallas County are unavailable, figures for Dallas City (the largest municipality in the county) is quite representative of crime trends in the county. In 2016, Dallas recorded 171 murders, 767 rapes, 4,604 robberies, 4,529 assaults, 10,948 burglaries, 26,370 larcenies, 7,592 vehicle thefts, and 369 arsons. Compared to crime statistics for 2015, murder (25.7%), robbery (10.2%), assault (14.9%), larceny (1.1%), and arson (5.7%) rates rose. With only two fewer cases, auto theft rate barely changed from the previous year. However, incidence of rape fell by 1.9% over the one-year period.

Criminal Records

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department is responsible for registering all sex offenders living in the county. It passes along the list of registered offenders to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). Texas laws empowers the TxDPS to collate and maintain an up-to-date registry of sex offenders residing in all the counties of the state. The Department of Public Safety also makes this database accessible to the public on its website.

To find a registered sex offender living in Dallas County, use the search function on the TxDPS' Public Sex Offender Registry. Citizens can search for registered offenders by name or conduct a map search to see all registered offenders living in a certain neighborhood. The search tool also makes it possible to find registered sex offenders residing in and around college and university campuses all over the state.

The Sheriff's Department keeps jail records including information about inmates booked into all of the correctional facilities in Dallas County. Use the Sheriff's Jail Lookup System to find inmates. The System allows anyone to search by name, booking number, and case number.

Court Records

The County Clerk's Office is responsible for keeping and updating court documents in Dallas County. The Clerk provides different online portals for searching for court records. Records from Civil and Family District Courts as well as County and Probate Courts are available on a separate portal. Use the Search Hearings sub-system to find documents related to hearings in civil, probate, and family courts in Dallas County. The Smart Search sub-system is for viewing other case records for these courts.

Dallas County Clerk also provides two separate portals for searching for criminal case records. The first one is for retrieving Criminal and Protective Order documents for cases tried in the county's felony and misdemeanor courts. The second public access portal is for viewing case information from these courts and conducting criminal background checks.

The District Clerk is also responsible for keeping the records of Civil, Family, and Felony Courts in Dallas County. To access felony court records that are not available online, visit the Felony Records Desk located on the second floor between Jury Room and Cashier Windows of:

Frank Crowley Courts Building
133 N. Riverfront Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75202

The Desk remains open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Enquirers can call the Records Desk during these hours at 214-653-5950. The District Clerk can also provide copies of felony case records at this address. The Records Desk accepts email requests for criminal court records. Submit a request by emailing it to DCRecordsCriminal@dallascounty.org along with a completed Civil Records Request Form.

Civil and Family records are available at the records counter located at:

George Allen Courts Building
600 Commerce Street
Basement "B" Floor West
Dallas TX, 75202

The Desk is open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Its phone number is 214-652-6076. Alternatively, send an email request to DCRecords@dallascounty.org with a completed copy of the Civil and Family Records Request Form attached.

Public Records

The County Clerk's Office is in charge of issuing vital records for Dallas County. It accepts in-person and mail requests for birth and death certificates. To request for a copy of a birth certificate, download and complete the Application Form and bring it to:

Renaissance Tower
1201 Elm Street
21st Floor, Suite 2100A
Dallas, TX 75270

The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may also send a mail request to:

Dallas County Clerk's Office
Attn: Vital Statistics
Renaissance Tower
1201 Elm St., Ste. 2100A
Dallas TX 75270

In-person and mail requests for death certificates also go the same addresses. The Clerk charges $23 for each certified copy of a birth certificate. The fee for the first certified copy of a death certificate is $21. Each additional copy of the same record attracts a fee of $4. Acceptable forms of payments include cash (in-person requests), and money order.