If you are interested in clearing your criminal record, it is important to have all of the details of your criminal record available to you. By knowing how many counts are on your criminal record, the level of your offense(s), the name of your arresting agency, and all relevant dates to your case, you can prepare to file the petition for expungement with the court.
This is what you need to know about where to get your criminal record in Texas:
If you already know the name of your arresting agency, you can contact them to obtain information about your arrest. If your offense was taken to court, then you will need to contact the court clerk of the respective courthouse where your criminal hearing originally took place. In the event that you wish to clear your Texas criminal record, the courthouse that oversaw your original hearing will have jurisdiction over the proceedings for your expungement.
The easiest way to get your criminal records is to contact the Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety). To contact the DPS, you can visit their street address, send mail to their P O Box, or you can call the DPS customer service using the information below:
- Texas Department of Public Safety
5805 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78752-4431
Mailing Address: Texas Department of Public Safety
P O Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773-0001
Customer Service: (512) 424 – 2000
When calling to retrieve your Texas criminal record, it is advantageous to be able to provide as much information about your criminal record as possible. Granted, you are calling these agencies for information, but the more that you can offer the clerk or customer service representative about your individual case, the better the odds will be that they will find what you need. Prepare to give the clerk or representative your name, date of birth, the approximate date of your hearing, and, if possible, your case number. In addition, you will need to be prepared to tell them exactly what information you need such as the name of your arresting agency, the number of counts on your record, the disposition of your hearing, and so on. For more information about where to get information about your criminal record in Texas, view the Superior Court.
If you need help clearing any information that you find on your record, try RecordGone.com’s free expungement eligibility test or read our article on choosing a Texas expungement attorney.