RECORDS INFORMATION OFFICE

Family Court Records


District Clerk Civil & Family Records Desk

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

The District Clerk is the custodian of record for the civil and family state district. For records pertaining to the county courts-at-law or the probate courts, please contact the Dallas County Clerk’s office. For records pertaining to any case heard by the justice-of-peace, please contact the office of the J.P. who heard the case.


Special Notice: Viewing Family Case Information and Documents

Pursuant to the Texas Supreme Court’s order effective January 1, 2014, the District Clerk, in consultation with the Dallas County Commissioners Court, temporarily suspended online access to records of the family courts. This “sensitive data” includes social security numbers, bank and credit card account numbers, addresses and dates-of-birth of even minor children involved in parental divorce proceedings.

The Supreme Court’s order prohibits the inclusion of “un-redacted” sensitive data on pleadings filed by litigants and attorneys in the district courts. That order also prohibits online access to any pleading that includes sensitive data. Unfortuately, many filers continue to include sensitive data in their pleadings in contravention of the Supreme Court’s order.

The District Clerk and the Dallas County Commissioners Court identified $1.2 million in funds to implement electronic auto-redaction software currently under development by Tyler Technologies. This software will permit the district clerk to restore online access to family court records while protecting the privacy of children and adult litigants. The District Clerk anticipates that the software will be implemented between March and May of 2017.

In the meantime, in order to continue making these records available to attorneys and litigants online, the District Clerk contracted with the firm iDocket.com which provides a document access portal to court case records for many counties throughout the state. iDocket.com has limited redaction capability providing some protection for litigants against identity fraud and abuse. However, the iDocket.com portal is fee-based and may be costly for access to a large number of documents.

Viewing Family Case Information and Documents

ONLINE FAMILY COURT CASE INFORMATION:

Information on cases heard in the Family Courts and the status of current cases is available through the Dallas County online court records portal.

ONLINE FAMILY COURT CASE FILE DOCUMENTS:

The District Clerk anticipates restoring online access to the document records of the Family Courts between March and May of 2017. In the meantime, online access is available through iDocket.com on a fee basis. Please visit the online records portal and select the link for Family District Court documents.

Please visit the online record search portal by clicking the link below:

COUNTER RESOURCES:

For access to Family case records that are not available online (usually for cases before 2005) or for any other service such as record certification or record searches, please visit the Civil & Family Records Desk at the George Allen Courts Building, basement floor west.

The desk is open from 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.

You may also call the records desk at 214-653-6076 during regular business hours.

Please note that all requests made after 4:00pm are handled the next business day.

Obtaining Copies of Family Case Records

Copies of Family Court records for cases after 2005 are currently available online through iDocket.com. Case records sealed by order
of the court or held confidential under Federal or State law are not available online and generally require an order of the court to access.

For certified or other copies of Family Court records, you may request those either in person at the
Civil & Family Records counter at the George Allen courthouse located at:

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

For your convenience you may also email your request to: DCRecords@dallascounty.org.

Please be sure that you attach a Civil & Family Records Request Form to your email by clicking on the link below:

Payment Options

The District Clerk accepts cash, personal check (in-state bank), money orders or credit card for all services offered by the Civil & Family Records section.

IN PERSON:

Payment may be made in-person at the District Clerk’s records desk on the basement floor of the George Allen Courts building:

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

BY MAIL:

You may send check or money-order to:

Dallas County District Clerk
Attn: Civil & Family Court Records
George Allen Courts Building
600 Commerce Sreet, Ste. B-30
Dallas, Texas 75202

ONLINE:

You may pay for your copies online by visiting the payment portal link below:

However, you must contact the District Clerk’s Criminal Records office at DCRecords@dallascounty.org to determine the cost of your copies or services prior to making any payment. Pay only the exact amount of the costs you have been instructed to pay. Overages are typically not refundable but will be held in escrow until your next purchase. Shortages may result in a delay in processing your order.

If you frequently order criminal records, you may wish to open a records escrow account and save on transaction fees. Please contact the District Clerk’s Accounting Manager, Mr. David Bradley, at David.Bradley@dallascounty.org prior to depositing funds.