About the District Clerk

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The office of district clerk is created by the Texas Constitution, Article V, Section 9. The district clerk is an elected official whose term of office is four years. Duties of the district clerk in each county revolve around the district court. Specific statutory responsibilities are arranged in the following four categories: administrative, recordkeeping, finance, and miscellaneous.

The primary role of the District Clerk's Office is to support the district court system. The district clerk is the official recorder, registrar and custodian of all court pleadings, instruments and papers that are part of any district court case. Other duties include indexing and securing all court records, recording all court verdicts, collecting filing fees, and handling funds held in litigation and money awarded to minors. Additional responsibilities include maintaining a list of court fines and jury fees.

The district clerk is the officer of the court in charge of the jury selection process and acts as a liaison between the jurors, courts and employers. This responsibility includes summoning, selecting, swearing and impaneling both petit and grand juries for district courts.

A significant number of miscellaneous duties are assigned to this office. These include accepting passport applications in counties with no local passport agency, taking depositions of witnesses, and administering oaths and affirmations.

  • Passport Hours

    New Passport Hours beginning October 3, 2022. Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. By Appointment Only. Call 830-303-8877 for information.

  • On-Line Payments

    Effective August 1st, 2019, we will begin taking on-line payments. You will find the link in the menu area on the left.

  • Order of Non-Disclosure

    The Electronic Application and printable application form for a Petition for an order of Non-Disclosure is available on the Office of Court Administration Website per Government Code 411.081 (f-l).

  • Important Passport Notice

    For those who do not speak English: You will be required to bring your own interpreter when applying for a passport. The interpreter will be required to provide a valid driver's license. We are currently accepting passport applications.

  • Criminal E-Filing Notice

    Effective January 1, 2018 we will begin accepting subsequent documents for criminal cases via e-filing. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

Office Directory

Office Phone
Civil/Family/Child Support 830-303-8873
Felony Court Collections 830-303-8875
Felony/Passport Department 830-303-8877
Jury 830-303-8879
Civil/Family/Child Support Fax 830-379-1943
Criminal Fax 830-379-1943

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