BEXAR COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Many of your concerns are shared by other people. We have compiled a list of the most frequent questions we answer on a daily basis. If the information you need is not discussed here, we are as close to you as your computer, fax machine or the phone on your desk. We also look forward to you or your representative´s visit. Please do not hesitate to contact us for anything!
GENERAL DISTRICT CLERK FAQ's
How can the public access the Bexar County District Court files?
Files in the District Clerk´s Office are accessible to the public with a few exceptions (in compliance with existing laws and court orders). Members of the public may view these public records during regular business hours or copies may be ordered here: Services, or by calling (210) 335-2662. To access County Clerk and District Clerk criminal and civil records from your home or office, click here to visit our online record search.
Public computers are located in the Research Room which is located in the basement of the Paul Elizondo Tower for unassisted database searches by anyone. Operating instructions are posted at the computer stations. If you don´t find what you need, please ask for assistance from any Deputy District Clerk. We are here to serve you and satisfy your requirements for timely and accurate information.
What options are available to file a new suit/document other than in person or by mail?
The District Clerk offers the following additional options for your convenience (24hr service); click on e-services. eFILING or DCFaxFILINGOther fees may apply.
Where can I find the "local rules?
Click here for the relevant text of the recently updated "local rules" of the District Courts of Bexar County.
Does Bexar County have a proces for settling disputes without going through the judicial process?
We certainly do and the District Clerk very strongly supports mediation by trained mediators as a proven alternative to litigation. The Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center has been offering this sensible avenue for conflict resolution at no cost to individuals, businesses, and organizations in Bexar County since 1984. Mediation may be requested by either of the concerned parties if the matter is not already in litigation. If a court case has already been filed, you may contact the Center to see if your case can be ordered to mediation. The Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center is on the first floor of the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center, 300 Dolorosa, Suite 1102, San Antonio, TX 78205-3009. Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center´s phone number is (210) 335-2128, their email email@example.com and their website is www.bexar.org/drc/. Through mediation, both parties in a conflict contribute to the solution rather than turning it over to the decision of an outside party -- and thanks to the pro bono services of local mediators, it´s FREE! The community and the courts benefit from mediation when valuable court time and taxpayer dollars are not tied up with matters that could be resolved by other means. We encourage you to explore mediation before filing a lawsuit.
Where can I find a list of Private Process Servers?
Please contact the Supreme Court for more details at www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/psrb.
What agencies do I need to include in a Petition for Expunction of Records?
The District Clerk suggests that you start with her office. (All notices will be sent out via email)
Agency Address Bexar County District Clerk Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W Nueva, Suite #217
San Antonio, Texas 78205-3411
Bexar County District Attorney Cadena-Reeves Justice Center
300 Dolorosa, Suite 4049
San Antonio, Texas 78205-3004
Bexar County County Clerk Cadena-Reeves Justice Center
300 Dolorosa, Suite 4101
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Bexar County Sheriff 200 N. Comal
San Antonio, Texas 78207-3536
Bexar County Personal Bonds 600 N. Leona, Suite 100
San Antonio, Texas 78208-3536
Texas Department of Public Safety
Crime Record Service (MSC) (0234)
P.O. Box 4143
Austin, Tx. 78765-4143
San Antonio Police Department 214 W. Nueva
San Antonio, Texas 78207
San Antonio Municipal Court 401 S. Frio
San Antonio, Texas 78207-4432
How can I submit my concerns to the District Clerk?
By phone, fax, mail, e-mail, in person, any way you want! Click here for contact info.
How can I have an arrest or court information removed from my criminal record?
Persons interested in expunction and /or orders of non-disclosure should visit the following link: www.txdps.state.tx.us.
Do you have a list of helpful phone numbers?
What you Require Congnizant Official/Office Phone Number Traffic Tickets - San Antonio San Antonio Municipal Courts (210) 207-8970 New Marriage License County Clerk (210) 335-2223 Copy of Old Marriage License County Clerk - Vital Statistics (210) 335-3009 Jury Duty Information Central Jury Room (210) 335-2667 Assumed Name/D.B.A. County Clerk (210) 335-2223 Research an Assumed Name County Clerk - Vital Statistics (210) 335-3009 Copy of Birth Certificate Before 1967
(Rural, Not in City)
County Clerk - Vital Statistics (210) 335-3009 Copy of Birth Certificate After 1967 Metropolitan Health District (210) 207-8815 Copy of Death Certificate Metropolitan Health District (210) 207-8815 Copy of a Will County Clerk - Probate (210) 335-2241 Register a DD-214 County Clerk - Recording (210) 335-2581 Property Deeds and Liens on Property County Clerk - Deeds and Records (210) 335-2225 Child Support Assistance Attorney General - Child Support Division
Apply for Services
(210) 841-8450 Obtain a Protective Order District Attorney - Family Violence Office (210) 208-6824 Civil District Court Information District Clerk (210) 335-2621 Civil District Court Copies District Clerk (210) 335-2662 Civil District Court Settings District Clerk (210) 335-2000 Civil District Court Adoptions District Clerk (210) 335-2166 Criminal District Court Information District Clerk (210) 335-2591 U.S. Passport Agent District Clerk - Operations (210) 335-2617 Property Taxes, Vehicle Title and Registration Tax Assessor/Collector (210) 335-2251 Housing, rental and utility assistance Bexar County Housing and Human Services (210) 335-3666 Reserve a county park site Parks and Recreation Department (210) 207-PARK
What are the District Clerk´s favorite web sites?
Favorite Link Information
www.texas.gov Official portal to state/county/municipal agencies, officials and services.
Bexar County, Texas
www.bexar.org Tons of useful informaton. Watch county court at work.
www.texashomelandsecurity.com Current threat level and links to agencies and organizations involved in public safety.
U.S. Department of
http://ready.gov Full of tips and information for these troubled times. Downloadable readiness manuals.
Texas Records and
http://castor.tsl.state.tx.us/trail The State Library´s search engine of state agencies´ web servers plus an agency locator.
http://firstgov.gov The U.S. Government´s official web portal to agencies, officials, services and information.
How do I file a civil action or divorce proceeding?
We first advise you to consult with an attorney for legal questions. The District Clerk's Office is prohibited from answering legal questions or the accuracy of your filing. If you choose to represent yourself, you are responsible for preparing the documents you wish to file and the ability to present your case to the court.
Does your office provide the forms to file civil actions or divorce proceedings?
The District Clerk's Office does not provide forms. Various websites are available on the internet to assist you in preparing your paperwork. The District Clerk's Office does not endorse any particular website.
Do I need an attorney to file a civil action or divorce?
No, you do not need an attorney to represent you. However, you must do the research to prepare your necessary documents to file with the clerk's office. We do advise you to consult with an attorney for legal questions.
How do I file an answer once I have been served with a citation?
As indicated on the citation, you have 20 days from the date of service to file an answer with our office. We cannot calculate or give you the date your answer is due to be filed.
Where can I get a felony background check?
Please call (210) 335-2591. Or, come by our office located on the 2nd floor in the Paul Elizondo Tower.
When is my next court date?
Please call (210) 335-2591 to check your next scheduled court date or click here to search our database.
Bondsman only: How much liability do I have?
Please call (210) 335-2217 or (210) 335-2165, our Bond Forfeiture Section, to check your liability.
Why do I have to pay court cost and fine, if I already served time?
Court cost and fines are in addition to any time served and are included in all judgments unless the judgment indicates "time and money to run concurrent".
How can I get a transcript?
If the case was not appealed contact the court reporter that was assigned to that court. If the case was appealed you can purchase a copy from our office if the court report filed one with us.