Travis County Arrest, Court and Public Records

Arrest Records

The crime data for the city of Austin, the county seat of Travis County, is representative of crime trends for the county. Austin recorded 39 murders, 751 rapes, 1,048 robberies, and 2,065 assaults in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime and arrest records. Property crime data for the city show that larceny was the most prevalent crime with 26,125 incidents. There were also 5,232 burglaries, 2,188 auto thefts, and 74 arsons during this period.

A quick analysis of crime statistics for Austin indicates that there were lower incidences of larceny (6.9%), auto theft (6.1%), and arson (18.7%) between 2015 and 2016. On the other hand, murder (65.2%), rape (54.2%), robbery (12.8%), assault (0.3%), and burglary (4.6%) rates rose during the same period.

While Travis County Sheriff's Office does not provide county-wide crime statistics, it does provide crime data for different areas of the county upon request. The Sheriff's records extend back to 1999. Citizens researching crime trends in their municipalities or neighborhoods can submit requests by call. Call (512) 854-9721 for crime statistics for locations in eastern Travis County. Call (512) 854-9728 for requests for areas in the western part of the county.

The Sheriff's Office also provides reports for arrests that happened within Travis County. Its arrest records cover May 1988 to the present. To obtain an arrest report, come to the following address with a government-issued ID:

Travis County Sheriff's Office
5555 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

The office opens from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Travis County Sheriff charges a $15 fee for this service. The Sheriff's Office accepts cash, check, and money order.

Criminal Records

In accordance with state laws, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) is responsible for maintaining a registry of sex offenders living in Texas. Its mandates include making this database publicly available. Use the TxDPS Public Sex Offender Registry Search tool to find offenders living in Travis County. Find specific registered sex offenders by searching by name. Alternatively, use the map search function to find all offenders living around an address or within a municipality. TxDPS also includes a specialized search tool for finding registered sex offenders residing in and around college and university campuses all over the state.

All jail and inmate records are available from the Travis County Sheriff's Office. Non-confidential information are searchable on the County Sheriff's website. To find individuals currently in custody, use the inmate locator tool provided.

Court Records

The County Clerk is responsible for storing and maintaining court records in Travis County. Not all court records for the county is available online. Documents available online only cover misdemeanor cases from January 1981, civil cases from June 1986, and probate cases from July 1992. To find these records, head to the Travis County Clerk Online Records and Case Data webpage. Only attorneys have access to felony cases online. They can access these from a login page provided by the Travis County District Clerk.

Call the County Clerk's Office at (512) 854-9188 to find more information about court records that are unavailable online. Alternatively, send an email to civil@traviscountytx.gov, probate@traviscountytx.gov, or misdemeanor@traviscountytx.gov.

Travis County Clerk also accepts court record search requests from the public. Such requests cover electronic records as well as court documents recorded on paper and microfilm. The County Clerk charges $10 for misdemeanor record searches for documents generated prior to 1981. There is also a $10 per name per 10-year period fee for searching paper and microfilm records.

The County Clerk can also provide copies of court records. The Clerk charges $1 per document for copies of records found online and sent via email. Copy fee is $1 per page for paper and microfilm documents. Anyone can also make copies using the printers and copiers at the Clerk's Office. There is a 20-cent per page fee for copies made with a photocopier. Copies made with microfilm printers attract a charge of 25 cents per page.

The Clerk charges $1 per page to make copies of court records upon request. There is an additional charge of $5 per document for certified records. The Clerk's Office accepts search and copy requests by mail, email, and in person. All fees are payable with credit and debit cards.

Public Records

Birth, death, and marriage certificates for Travis County are available from the Texas Vital Statistics Office. Certain municipalities in the county such as the City of Austin, have their own Vital Records Offices. To get a birth or death certificate in Austin, simply walk into the Office of Vital Records located at 7201 Levander Loop, Building C, Austin, TX, 78702. The office opens from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For quick service, download, print, complete, and bring the vital records application form (also available in Spanish).

The Office of Vital Records charges $23 for each copy of a birth certificate. The fee for a death certificate is $21. Each extra copy ordered at the same time attracts a charge of $4. Cash, money order, personal check, and credit/debit card are acceptable forms of payment. The office also accepts mail requests. Send these to:

Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767-1088

For quick delivery, send the request to:

Office of Vital Records
7201 Levander Loop, Building C
Austin, TX 78702

For other municipalities in Travis County, use the services of the Texas Vital Statistics Office. For an in-person request, visit the office located at 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756. The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. When requesting for vital records by mail, proceed by downloading, completing, and sending a Texas Birth Certificate Application or Texas Death Certificate Application to the Vital Statistics Office.

The fee for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $22. The Vital Statistics Office charges $60 for Heirloom Birth Certificates. The first certified copy of a death certificate gets a charge of $20. Each additional copy ordered alongside attracts a fee of $3. Include a $5 processing fee for expedited orders of a birth or death certificate. A mail request should also include an additional $8 for return postage.