Open Records Request

The Texas Public Information Act guarantees the public access to information maintained by a governmental entity. It is the policy of this Office to provide the greatest access possible to public information. Your request for information is made under the Texas Public Information Act and you can refer to the requirements and guidelines HERE.

Requests for information must be made in writing. Your request should include your name, address, and a detailed description of the records you are requesting.

Please be advised that the Texas Public Information Act allows 10 business days from the date of receipt to respond to a request for information.

Requests can be made by one of the following methods:

Email [email protected]| Fax 512-854-7270

In Person:

Travis County Sheriff's Office
5555 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed on Travis County holidays)

Mail:

Travis County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Paralegal
5555 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

For additional information, please contact 512-854-9718.

NOTE: Pursuant to guidelines issued by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the calculation of a governmental body’s 10 and 15 business day deadlines for responding to requests under the Public Information Act (PIA) does not include any calendar days upon which a governmental body’s administrative offices are closed or operating with only a skeleton crew, or the governmental body’s records cannot be accessed because its staff is either working remotely or is directly involved in the public health or epidemic response. On March 13, 2020, the Governor declared a state of disaster in Texas due to COVID-19. On March 24, 2020, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt signed a shelter-in-place order for Travis County. In response to these pronouncements, the employees of TCSO and the Travis County Attorney’s Office (TCAO) that are responsible for responding to PIA requests have been assigned to work remotely, with limited access to County records. Consequently, TCSO’s and TCAO’s ability to respond to PIA requests has been delayed.

Incident Reports

Reports may be purchased in person from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. The price for a report is .10 cents per page. We will only release the portion of the report that is public information. Public information only contains the type of offense, date/time of offense, name of officer who responded and any items reported stolen or damaged. The public record will not contain any portion of the officer’s narrative. If your insurance company requests a copy of a report, the Public Record contains the information needed.

An Open Records Request can provide you with the detailed report.

Vehicle Accident Reports

How do I obtain an Accident Report?

Step 1 - Complete the Accident Report Form

You can obtain the Accident Report Form electronically or in person.

Electronically

Download the Accident Report Form.

In Person

5555 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX, 78751
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Step 2 - Obtain Your Report

You can pay for and submit a request for your report either by mail or in person.


NOTE: Reports under 10 days of the date of the accident may not yet be available for purchase. To inquire on the status of your report, please call Central Records at 512-854-9749. Reports can take two to 10 days to become available.

Mail

Send your completed Accident Report Form and CHECK or MONEY ORDER only, made payable to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for the amount below to:

Travis County Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

In Person

Submit your completed Accident Report Form and payment(no credit or debit cards accepted) by cash (exact amount), check or money order made payable to the Travis County Sheriff's Office in person at:

5555 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX, 78751
Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

Type of AccidentPrice
Non-Certified Report $6.00
Certified Report $8.00

Blue Form Accident Reports

If you were involved in an accident and the officer issued you a Blue Form, the request must be completed by the person(s) involved in the collision. You can download the Blue Form HERE and mail it within 10 days from collision to:

Texas Department of Transportation
Crash Records
P.O. Box 149349
Austin, Texas 78741

If you have any questions about your Blue Form, please contact TxDot at ( 512) 486-5780 or find out more online at: www.txdot.gov/driver/laws/crash-reports.html

A Sheriff’s accident report will not be written if you have been issued a blue form.

Faxed Reports

Reports cannot be faxed. They may be purchased in person at 5555 Airport Blvd., Austin, Texas 78751, or we will mail the report to your address upon receipt of payment.

Incarceration Records

Incarceration records checks through the Travis County Sheriff’s Office are from May 1988 to present. The Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT PROVIDE CRIMINAL HISTORIES OR CLEARANCE LETTERS OR CHECK FOR OUTSTANDING WARRANTS. For complete and accurate criminal history information, refer to the Texas Department of Public Safety and or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You may come in person between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You must have a current driver’s license, state-issued ID, military ID or passport. Other identifying information may be requested. There is a $15.00 fee payable to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Fees can be paid by exact cash, check or money order.

If you are requesting arrest/incarceration records information on another individual, you must provide us with a notarized letter signed by the individual or power of attorney, along with a copy of their ID. The letter must state that the individual authorizes us to release the information to you. The letter must contain the signature of the person and the signature must be notarized.

For crash reports, backgrounds request or incident reports, you may mail a written request to:

Travis County Sheriff's Office
Attn.: Central Records
P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

 

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