Tarrant County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Crime statistics for Tarrant County show that there were 3,038 violent crimes and 27,403 property crimes in 2015, the most recent year with a complete record. These figures represent a slight 0.6% dip in violent crime rate and a more significant 7.2% reduction in property crime rate compared to the previous year. Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in the county in 2015 with 1,812 incidents. There were also 794 robberies, 415 rapes, and 17 murders in the same period.
A closer look at property crimes in Tarrant County shows that larceny was the most prevalent crime with 21,107 cases. Burglary was a distant second with 4,522 incidents followed by vehicle thefts (1,774) and arson (65). Compared to the previous year, there were lower incidences of murder (32%), aggravated assault (4%), burglary (7.2%), and arson (1.5%). However, the county recorded higher rape (9.2%), robbery (3.8%), larceny (0.05%), and vehicle theft (2.4%) rates.
The Tarrant County Sheriff's Office provides criminal history checks to interested individuals. To obtain local arrest and jail records, send an email or submit a request to:
Tarrant County Sheriff's Office
200 Taylor Street, 6th Floor
Fort Worth, TX 76196
In accordance with Chapter 62 of Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office has a Sex Offender Registration Unit responsible for enforcing the state's Sex Offender Registration Program. This Unit tracks and registers all sex offenders living in unincorporated areas of Tarrant County including River Oaks, Edgecliff Village, Haslet, and Benbrook cities.
To find individual sex offenders residing in the county, visit the website of the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). This agency is responsible for maintaining a state-wide database of registered sex offenders and makes this registry publicly available. Use to the Sex Offender Registry Search to find specific offenders or see all registered sex offenders on a map of the county. The search tool is also useful for looking up all sex offenders living in and around college and university campuses all of the county.
The Tarrant County Sheriff's Office is responsible for keeping all inmate records for the county. It provides a handy inmate locator tool on the county's website. Use it to find individual inmates by name, booking number, race, and gender.
Tarrant County hosts its court records on a publicly available portal. This Court Records Search tool provides access to criminal and civil case documents as well as court calendars. Besides this free self-service document lookup, the District Clerk also offers another web-based paid service that covers a wider range of court records. Available documents include the records of all 27 civil, criminal, misdemeanor, delinquent tax, and family District courts in the county. The District Clerk's Office charges a $120 initiation fee as well as a $35 monthly fee to use this service.
The public can also request the District Clerk to help search for court records. Each search attracts a nominal charge of $5. The Clerk accepts requests for copies of court records. There is a 50-cent fee for each page of non-certified copies while the rate for certified copies if $1 per page.
The County Clerk is responsible for issuing vital records for Tarrant County. These records include certified copies of birth and death certificates as well as marriage licenses. To obtain a birth or death certificate, start by downloading and completing an Application for Birth or Death Record. This application is also available in Spanish. Bring the completed form to any of these Vital Records locations in the county:
Tarrant County Plaza Building
200 Taylor Street
Fort Worth, TX 76196
1100 E. Broad St.,
Mansfield, TX 76063
645 Grapevine Hwy,
Hurst, TX 76054
Phone: (817) 248-6253
6713 Telephone Rd.,
Lake Worth, TX 76135
700 East Abrams
Arlington, TX 76010
1400 Main St.,
Southlake, TX 76092
6551 Old Granbury Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76133
3212 Miller Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76105
All of these locations open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The County Clerk charges $23 for every copy of a birth certificate. The fee for the first copy of a death certificate is $21. Each additional copy of the same record attracts a $4 charge. The Clerk charges $21 for first copy of a marriage license and $10 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.
To request for a marriage license, download and complete the online application. Bring it to any of the locations listed above. The County Clerk also makes its database of marriage records accessible to the public. Head to the Marriage Document Access page to search for issued marriage licenses. Visitors can search by applicants' names, application date, marriage date, license number, and license status.