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Galveston County Court Records

Galveston County court records generally refer to all documents filed or created during court proceedings. These documents play a vital role in legal issues since they may sometimes serve as evidence that a particular incident occurred. Such records may also provide sources of data on individuals or entities.

Galveston court records provide different information depending on the case status and type. For instance, civil lawsuits may contain financial statements, whereas you may find forensic data in criminal records.

Are Court Records Public in Galveston County?

Galveston County court records are classified as public documents according to state laws. The Common Law Right of Access governs court case records in the county. However, Rule 12 of the Texas Rules of Judicial Administration controls all aspects of judicial court records.

Under these laws, record seekers may search, find, and receive copies of court records from designated record custodians. In Galveston County, you will mostly find court records at the court clerk's office where the record was filed. The Galveston County clerk also maintains an online search portal for court documents.

However, not all Galveston court records are open to the public. Case in point, Texa laws exempt the following court documents from public access:

  • Court documents that are exempt due to state or federal statutes
  • Court case documents that contain personal identifying information about minors or juveniles.
  • Work drafts or notes utilized by a judicial official in a decision-making process
  • Documents on internal deliberation by court officials on issues related to court administration.
  • Personnel information and other personal data, such as family information and home address

Galveston County Court Records Search

In Galveston County, requesters may search court records by contacting the court official holding the record. The court clerk is mostly responsible for keeping records of court cases filed at the courthouse. For example, Galveston County’s district court clerk keeps records of all civil and criminal court cases filed in the court.

Interested parties may obtain the records via online search portals or offline requests. The latter option includes making requests via mail or in person. To access records offline, requesters must provide a written request that contains information on the record subject.

Galveston County Court Records Search by Name

The County Clerk's Office allows name searches for court records via a searchable portal. Interested parties must only input the case party’s name to view the court record. Another option is to visit the county clerk and conduct a name-based search for court records.

There are no charges or fees for viewing court case records online.

Galveston County Courts

Galveston County's courts comprise district courts, statutory probate courts, justice courts, constitutional county courts, county courts at law, and municipal courts.

Galveston County District Court Records

In Galveston County, the district court clerk maintains records of all filed cases. The clerk enables access to these records via the Odyssey search portal. To use the search portal, record seekers must follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the Odyssey search portal
  2. Scroll down and choose “Smart Search”.
  3. Input the case number or case party’s name into the search box.
  4. Click on “Submit” to view all available records.
  5. You may choose to save the record to your device.

In contrast, you can request copies of court documents via phone at (409) 762-8621 or in person at:

County of Galveston
722 Moody Avenue,
Galveston, Texas 77550

The clerk’s office charges $1 and $5 for plain and certified copies of court records, respectively.

Galveston County Criminal Records

Galveston County criminal records are under the purview of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The agency allows online searches for criminal records via its online website. To access criminal information, interested parties must create an account on the site. Furthermore, you must input the record subject's last and first names. You may also include additional search inputs to narrow the search results.

The TxDPS charges a $1 search credit per search.

The county’s sheriff's office maintains an online searchable database for all Galveston arrest records. To view the records, record seekers must visit the portal and fill out the following details:

  • The case number
  • Arrest event date or timeframe
  • The record subject’s full name.

Requesters can also visit the sheriff’s office to access arrest records in Galveston County.

Galveston County Criminal Court Case Lookup

The Galveston County Clerk and the Clerk of the District Court keep records of criminal court cases. Both agencies also maintain online search databases for the records.

To view criminal records on the county clerk’s search portal, you must visit the site and choose “criminal case records”. Next, requesters must input the case party’s name and additional search details, such as the case status and birth date.

In contrast, you may utilize the district clerk’s Odyssey search portal to find criminal records. You only need to provide the case party’s name or case number to view the records.

Both search portals allow requesters to download court case documents to their devices.

Galveston County's district clerk also allows mail or walk-in requests for criminal records. To use these options, print and fill out the request form and pay the required search fee. Accessing plain and certified copies costs $2.5 and $5, respectively. Send the documents via mail or in person to:

Physical address

Galveston Office
600 59th Street
Room 4001
Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 766-2424
(409) 766-2292 Fax

League City Office
174 Calder Road
League City, TX 77573
(281) 316-8729

Mailing Address

600 59th Street
Room. 4001
P.O. Box 17250
Galveston, TX 77551

Get Galveston County Civil Court Records

Civil court records in Galveston County comprise information on civil cases, such as civil equity, small claims, and general civil cases. The following county courts share jurisdiction over the cases.

  • District Court: Oversees civil court cases, such as general civil (unlimited), complex commercial, civil equity, administrative agency appeals, and real estate title and boundary.
  • County Court at Law: Hears general civil (limited) cases.
  • Justice Courts: Oversees small claims, landowner/tenant disputes, and ordinance violations.

Nevertheless, records of all civil court proceedings are under the purview of the county clerk and district court clerk. You can view online civil case records via these online search portals:

Galveston County’s district clerk also enables in-person or mail requests for civil court records. Follow these steps to use these request options:

  1. Print and complete the case record request form
  2. Attach $2.5 or $5 for plain or certified copies, respectively. For mail-based requests, you may attach the search fee as a money order or check.
  3. Send the completed documents via mail or in person to the clerk’s office at:

Galveston Office
600 59th Street
Room 4001
Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 766-2424
(409) 766-2292 Fax

League City Office
174 Calder Road
League City, TX 77573
(281) 316-8729

Mailing Address

600 59th Street
Room. 4001
P.O. Box 17250
Galveston, TX 77551

Galveston County Family Court Records

Galveston County’s district court oversees family-related court cases, such as adoption, child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and divorce. Furthermore, the clerk of the district court keeps records of these court cases. You may access the records online via the clerk’s Odyssey search portal. Alternatively, you may receive physical copies of the records by taking these steps:

  • Print and download the case request form
  • Attach $2.5 and $5 for plain or certified copies, respectively.
  • Send these documents via mail or in person to the clerk’s office.

Note: Family court records may contain confidential data. Therefore, the court clerk may redact certain sections from public view. Only people with a tangible or direct interest can view the record. You may have to visit the clerk’s office to access the redacted records.

The County Clerk’s office also maintains a searchable database for Galveston County family records. To view these records, select the “civil and family case records” on the database and

Galveston Dissolution of Marriage Records

Here’s a step-by-step outline for obtaining dissolution of marriage records in Galveston County:

  1. Find the record custodian in charge of the marriage dissolution record
  2. Use the custodian’s available options for accessing the requested document
  3. Pay the required fee in the right format. Use mail or checks for mail-based requests.

The clerk of the district court is the custodian of marriage dissolution records. Also, it enables access to these records via online or offline means.

Galveston County Marriage and Divorce Records

Marriage and divorce certificates are classified under Galveston County public records. Thus, you can find these records in the custody of specific record custodians. For example, the county clerk’s office keeps records of all Galveston County marriage certificates. On the other hand, you will find divorce records under the custody of the district court clerk.

Record seekers can access Galveston County marriage records via the county clerk’s online search portal. To get records via the portal, you must include search details, such as the record seekers’ name, document type, and address.

The county clerk also issues certified copies of marriage records via mail or in-person request. You can access the certified copies by sending these documents:

Send the documents in person or via mail to these addresses:

Physical address

Galveston County Clerk
600 59th Street
Suite 2001
Galveston, Texas 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2200

Mailing address

P.O. Box 17253
Galveston, TX 77552

Conversely, divorce records are accessible via the district clerk’s Odyssey search portal. You only need to input the record subject’s name or case number to view divorce records.

The clerk’s office also allows in-person or mail-in requests for divorce records. You can use these request options by following these steps:

  1. Print and fill out the court case request form.
  2. Next, attach a $2.5 record fee for plain copies. Certified copies of divorce records cost $5.
  3. Send these documents to the office of the district court clerk at:

Galveston Office
600 59th Street
Room 4001
Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 766-2424
(409) 766-2292 Fax

League City Office
174 Calder Road
League City, TX 77573
(281) 316-8729

Mailing Address

600 59th Street
Room. 4001
P.O. Box 17250
Galveston, TX 77551

Galveston Birth and Death Records

Galveston birth and death certificates are confidential records for 75 and 25 years after creation, respectively. For this reason, custodian agencies will only release confidential records to the following requesters:

  • The record subject
  • Close family relations
  • Legal representatives
  • Third parties that are legally empowered to act on behalf of the record subject.

Eligible requesters can find these Galveston County vital records at the county’s Health District. The department keeps records of birth and death events from 1903 until the present.

To access birth and death records via mail, requesters must provide these documents

Send the documents via mail to the county health district at:

GCHD – Vitals
P.O. Box 939
La Marque, Texas 77568

You may also access the records in person during the weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:

Galveston County Health District
9850-A Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Suite A-102
Texas City, TX 77591
Phone: (409) 938-7221
(409) 765-2595

Record seekers will find Galveston County delayed birth and death records at the county clerk’s office.

Note: Galveston County birth records establish the subject’s identity. It also empowers the record subject to gain additional legal documents, such as social security numbers and passports.

Galveston County Probate Court Records

The Galveston County probate court oversees probate cases filed in the county. Probate cases under the court’s jurisdiction include wills, trusts, guardianship of estates or persons, name changes, and trusts.

That said, the county clerk keeps records of all probate cases filed at the probate court. Interested parties may view the records in the clerk’s online database via these steps:

Select “Probate case record” as the document category.

Galveston County Property Records

The Galveston County Clerk’s office is the designated agency responsible for keeping property records. The agency also enables access to these records via an online search tool or a request form. To access property records online, requesters must input the required search details. On the other hand, follow these steps to access the records via mail or in person:

  1. Visit the county clerk’s online request portal
  2. Fill out the required details for the records
  3. Select “Continue” to access the records via a preferred search option.

Galveston County Court Records Online

The Galveston County Clerk and the Clerk of the District Court maintain online search databases for court records. Third-party search sites like courtrecords.us may also feature online Galveston court records. Unlike government-owned sites, third-party search sites are mostly easy to navigate. Also, they are accessible to out-of-country requesters and do not require complex logins. However, third-party sites may not provide recent or accurate court records.

Galveston County Courts

Galveston County courts include district courts, statutory probate courts, justice courts, constitutional county courts, county courts at law, and municipal courts. The courts’ locations and contact details are listed below:

Galveston County District Courts
Galveston County 10th District Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #4305
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2230
Fax: (409) 770-5266

Galveston County 56th District Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #3302
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2226
Fax: (409) 770-5264

Galveston County 122nd District Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #4304,
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2275
Fax: (409) 770-6265

Galveston County 212th District Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #3305
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2266
Fax: (409) 765-2610

Galveston County 306th District Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #3304
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2255
Fax: (409) 765-2936

Galveston County 405th District Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #4204
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 765-2688
Fax: (409) 765-2689

Galveston County District Clerk Office
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #4001
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2424
Fax: (409) 766-2292

Galveston County District Clerk Office
174 Calder Road
League City, TX 77573
Phone: (281) 316-8729
Fax: (281) 316-8740

Galveston County Constitutional Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #2001
P.O. Box 17253
Galveston, TX 77552
Phone: (409) 766-2200
Fax: (409) 765-3160

Galveston County’s County Courts at Law
Galveston County Clerk Office
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #2001
P.O. Box 17253
Galveston, TX 77552
Phone: (409) 766-2200
Fax: (409) 765-3220

Galveston County Clerk Office
174 Calder Road, #149
League City, TX 77573
Phone: (281) 316-8732
Fax: (409) 765-3220

Galveston County Court at Law No. 1
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #2304,
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2233
Fax: (409) 765-2945

Galveston County Court at Law No. 2
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #2204
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2405
Fax: (409) 795-3034

Galveston County Court at Law No. 3
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #2205
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 621-7920
Fax: (409) 765-3154

Galveston County Statutory Probate Courts
Galveston County Clerk Office
174 Calder Road, #149
League City, TX 77573
Phone: (281) 316-8732
Fax: (409) 765-3214

Galveston County Clerk Office
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #2001
P.O. Box 17253
Galveston, TX 77552
Phone: (409) 766-2200
Fax: (409) 765-3214

Galveston County Probate Court
Galveston County Justice Center
600 59th Street, #2305
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 766-2251
Fax: (409) 765-3221

Galveston County Justice Courts
Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1
2516 Texas Avenue
Texas City, TX 77590
Phone: (409) 770-5820

Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1
4500 10th Street
Bacliff, TX 77518
Phone: (281) 316-8800

Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2
11730 Highway 6
Santa Fe, TX 77510
Phone: (409) 770-5484

Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2
1922 Sealy St, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 766-2250

Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3
203 Vauthier Road
La Marque, TX 77568
Phone: (409) 765-2930

Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3
600 59th Street
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 770-5455

Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3
946 Noble Carl Road
Crystal Beach, TX 77650
Phone: (409) 765-2980 ext. 1

Galveston County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4
174 Calder Road, #111
League City, TX 77573
Phone: (281) 316-8716

Galveston County Municipal Courts
Bayou Vista Municipal Court
2929 Highway 6
Bayou Vista, TX 77563
Phone: (409) 935-8348
Fax: (409) 935-1205

Clear Lake Shores Municipal Court
931 Cedar Drive
Clear Lake Shores, TX 77565
Phone: (281) 334-0697

Dickinson Municipal Court
4403 Highway 3
Dickinson, TX 77539
Phone: (281) 337-6297

Friendswood Municipal Court
1600 Whitaker Drive
Friendswood, TX 77546
Phone: (281) 996-3252

Galveston Municipal Court
601 54th Street, #300
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 765-3740

Hitchcock Municipal Court
6815 2nd Street
Hitchcock, TX 77563
Phone: (409) 986-9702
Fax: (409) 986-6260

Jamaica Beach Municipal Court
Physical: 16628 San Luis Pass Road
Jamaica Beach, TX 77554
Mailing:
5264 Jamaica Beach
Jamaica Beach, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 737-1142
Fax: (409) 737-5211

Kemah Municipal Court
1401 Highway 146
Kemah, TX 77565
Phone: (281) 334-5910
Fax: (281) 334-5407

La Marque Municipal Court
1111 Bayou Road
La Marque, TX 77568
Phone: (409) 938-9245
Fax: (409) 935-7564

League City Municipal Court
200 West Walker Street
League City, TX 77573
Phone: (281) 554-1060
Fax: (281) 554-1072

Santa Fe Municipal Court
Santa Fe Justice Center
3650 FM 646 North
P.O. Box 950, Santa Fe, TX 77510
Phone: (409) 925-3255

Texas City Municipal Court
1004 9th Avenue
NorthTexas City, TX 77590
Phone: (409) 643-5800

Tiki Island Municipal Court
802 Tiki Dr, Tiki Island, TX 77554
Phone: (409) 935-1427
Fax: (409) 935-4670

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