Harris County Arrest, Court and Public Records

Arrest Records

Crime statistics for Harris County are represented by the crime data for its largest municipality: Houston City. Violent crime figures for the city show that there were 301 murders, 1,210 rapes, 9,962 robberies, 12,487 assaults in 2016, the most recent year with a complete record. In the same period, larceny was the most prevalent property crime with 69,630 incidents followed by burglary with 18,488 cases. The city also recorded 12,738 auto thefts and 668 arsons in 2016.

Compared to crime data for the previous year, murder rate dipped slightly by 0.7% while robbery, burglary, auto theft, and arson rates fell by 3.1%, 6.9%, 6.1%, and 0.4% respectively. Houston recorded year-on-year increases in rape (22.7%), assault (19.8%), and larceny (4.5%) rates.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office provides crime statistics reports for interested individuals. To obtain this report, submit a request to:

Harris County Sheriff's Office
Attention: Legal Department/TPIA Section
1200 Baker Street, Second Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Criminal Records

The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) is the agency in charge of maintaining the sex offender registry for Texas. It provides public access to its statewide registry and allows anyone to find information about registered sex offenders in its database. Use the search functions on the TxDPS Public Sex Offender Registry webpage to locate sex offenders living in Harris County. Citizens can search the database by name and address. While name search is for finding individual sex offenders, the map search tool helps locate all sex offenders living around an address.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is responsible for keeping and updating inmate records in the county. It provides an inmate locator tool on its website to help the public find individuals booked into any of its jails.

Court Records

The County Clerk maintains case files for Civil, Probate, and Commissioners courts in Harris County. To obtain Civil Court at Law records, start by downloading and completing the request form. Fax it to the County Clerk's Office at (713) 755-4710 or email it to ccoCivilFM@hccountyclerk.com. The County Clerk also accepts mail requests sent to:

Diane Trautman, Harris County Clerk
Attn: Civil Court at Law Department
P.O. Box 1525
Houston, TX 77251

To submit a request in person, bring the completed form to any of these 10 offices of the County Clerk:

Downtown
201 Caroline St.,
3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 274-8600

Baytown Annex
701 W. Baker Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521
(281) 422-0253

Chimney Rock Annex
6000 Chimney Rock Rd.
Houston, TX 77081
(713) 660-7902

Clay Road Annex
16715 Clay Rd.
Houston, TX 77084
(832) 927-7230

Clear Lake Annex
16603 Buccaneer Ln.
Houston, TX 77062
(281) 486-7250

Cypresswood Annex
6831 Cypresswood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 379-1057

Humble Annex
7900 Will Clayton Pkwy.
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 540-1173

North Shepherd Annex
7300 N. Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77091
(713) 697-5193

Pasadena Annex
101 S. Richey St.
Pasadena, TX 77506
(713) 274-6230

South Belt Annex
10851 Scarsdale Blvd.
Houston,
TX 77089
(281) 464-0115

In-person requests for Probate Court records should also go to any of these addresses. To request for those court records, download, complete, and bring the Probate Court Record Request form. Mail requests for Probate Court records should go to:

Diane Trautman, Harris County Clerk
Attn: Probate Court Department
P.O. Box 1525
Houston, TX 77251

Send email requests to ccProbFM@hccountyclerk.com and fax requests to (713) 755-5468.

The Harris County District Clerk maintains District Court records. These include documents from civil, criminal, and family law cases heard in the county's District courts. The District Clerk's Office provides an online portal for searching and viewing these documents. While using this public access service is free, users must first register on the website to search for court documents.

Court documents for all 16 Justice Courts in Harris County are available on the county's website. Head to the JP Online Service webpage to find links for obtaining case documents and court dockets as well as downloadable extracts of civil, criminal, and traffic case records.

Public Records

The County Clerk maintains all vital records for Harris County except for these municipalities: Houston, La Porte, South Houston, Baytown, and Jacinto cities as well as Justice of Peace Precincts 3 and 4. Contact the Houston Health Department for birth and death certificates for that city and the City Clerk's Office for vital records for Baytown.

The Harris County Clerk's Office accepts requests for copies of birth and death certificates in person and by mail. Download and complete the Application for Certified Copy of Texas Birth or Death Certificate and bring it to any of the 10 locations of the County Clerk's Office. For mail requests, include a Notarized Proof of Identification form as well as a Credit Card Authorization form for the required fees. The County Clerk charges $23 for each certified copy of a birth certificate. The fee for the first copy of a certified copy of a death certificate is $21. Each additional copy ordered alongside attracts a charge of $4.

The County Clerk also accepts requests for certified and plain copies of marriage licenses. Visit any of 10 locations of the Clerk's office to make a request in person. Alternatively, send a fax request to (713) 437-4868 or an email request to ccinfo@hccountyclerk.com. Mail requests should go to:

Diane Trautman, Harris County Clerk
Attn: Information Department
P.O. Box 1525
Houston, TX 77251