Alarm Registration

For residences and businesses that have alarm systems within the Travis County Sheriff’s jurisdiction, a permit is required, per Chapter 68 of the Travis County Procedures. Travis County Sheriff’s jurisdiction means that a sheriff deputy will respond to a residence or business if dispatched. If you live in Travis County and are within the City Limits of another jurisdiction, please contact your local police department to inquire if an alarm permit is required. If you need to determine your jurisdiction, please call 512.854.4768 for assistance.

Register for an Alarm Permit

Step 1 - Obtain an Alarm Application by:

Downloading the application HERE or

Calling the Finance Department at: 512-854-4768.

Step 2 - Mail your application to:

Travis County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Alarm Permit
P.O. Box 459
Del Valle, Texas 78617

Pay for Your Alarm Permit

We are not able to accept credit card payments either over the phone or in person.

Step 1 - Have the correct payment method and amount

Payment is only accepted by check or money order made payable to:
Travis County
Business Permit: $50
Residential Permit: $25

Step 2 - Submit Payment

Payment can be made in person Monday - Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm

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

Know the Rules

Any person commits an offense if he or she violates any provision of these rules not otherwise provided for and punishable under Texas law, as enacted and amended. An offense under this section is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500).
  • Permit is valid from the date of issuance to December 31.
  • Renewal is required by January 1.
  • Permit is non-transferable and fees are not prorated.
  • Permit must remain on-site.
  • Permit holder is allowed 5 free false alarms before a fine will be imposed.
  • The fine for each false alarm after five is $75.
  • Your alarm must have a 30-minute shut off feature.
  • The permit-holder, or a designee, must be able to deactivate or reset the alarm if needed.
  • The permit holder is responsible for the maintenance of the alarm and for the training of persons in its use.

Help Reduce False Alarms

A properly maintained and operated alarm system may protect your family and property from danger. However, a malfunctioning or abused system may do just the opposite. Up to 95% of the alarm calls that our officers respond to are false. The false alarm responses take the officers away from proactive patrol efforts in the community. Therefore, it is our goal to work with alarm owners to reduce the number of false alarms so that we may do our job and be there when an actual emergency occurs. The alarm policy of Travis County is designed to ensure that local law enforcement has your alarm on record so that we can contact you if there is a problem.

Home Security Inspection

Our Community-Based Policing Officers can assist you if you have questions about problems with your alarm and they can give you tips on ways to make sure that you do not have false alarms. If you would like to schedule a Home Security Inspection, please call 512.854.2203.

Close Patrol

Request a "close patrol" of your residence when you are out of town.

Step 1: Complete the Close Patrol form
Step 2: Submit the form at least 10 days in advance according to the directions on the form.

Request immediate assistance after hours, on weekends or during Travis County holidays:

Travis County Sheriff's Office Dispatch: 512-974-0845 (select option 3).

File an Online Report

 If this is an Emergency please call 9-1-1. Using the Travis County Sheriff's Office Citizens Online Reporting System allows you to submit a report immediately and print a copy of the incident report for free.

Step 1: Confirm the following to find out if online citizen report filing is right for you:

  • This is not an Emergency.
  • This incident occurred within Travis County and outside any incorporated city that has a Police Department. If you are not sure, you can view our interactive district map.
  • There are NO known suspects.

Step 2: If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, you are ready to file your report online.

1. Please make sure to turn off your pop-up blocking software before filing the report. 

2. Upon completion of this report process you will:

  • See the words: "Your online police report has been submitted" showing that your police report is complete.
  • Be given a police report case number.
  • Be able to print a copy of the police report to keep for your records.

Please Note:

  • All cases filed using the Citizens Online Reporting System will be reviewed.
  • Upon review, if further investigation of your case is needed, you may be contacted.
  • Filing a false report is a crime.

Step 3: Using the Travis County Sheriff's Office Online Citizen Reporting System you can report the following incidents (please choose one):

Fingerprinting Services

The Sheriff's Office provides fingerprinting services to the public. Please make not of the steps below to avoid an unnecessary trip.

Step 1: Obtain your fingerprint cards

You MUST bring your own fingerprint cards with you to when you arrive at our Central Command office. We do not supply them. Fingerprint cards can be obtained at:

Granger Building Law Library (no cost)
314 W. 11th Street Suite 140
Austin, TX 78701
512-854-8677
Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Passport Express ($2.50 each)
1107 Rio Grande
Austin, TX 78701
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Step 2: Bring your fingerprint cards to the Central Command office

Travis County Sheriff's Office
5555 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751
8:30am-12:00pm Wednesday ONLY
1:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday ONLY

Step 3: Pay for your Fingerprinting Service

$10.00 per set
$5:00 for each additional card.

We only accept EXACT PAYMENT in cash or a payment by CHECK.

Public 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. You can refer to the requirements and guidelines HERE.

How Do I Make an Public Records Request?

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. Requests must be made by either:

Email:

Electronic requests will be accepted ONLY if they are sent to the designated email of tcsor@traviscountytx.gov

Fax

Fax requests to: 512-854-7270

In Person

Hand deliver requests to:
5555 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX
Available in person Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm

Mail

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

Sex Offender Registration

Search Sex Offender Registry

The Department of Public Safety has created searches for Texas Public Sex Offender Registry. These searches allow the public to search the registry for sex offenders registered in Texas. You may search this registry at: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/index.aspx.

If you have questions regarding Sex Offender registration for Travis County, please email sexoffendercompliance@traviscountytx.gov.

Travis Registration and Compliance (TRAC)

TRAC monitors sex offender registration.

Registration takes place:

Monday - 8:00am-2:30pm

Tuesday - 8:00am-2:30pm

Thursday -8:00am-2:30pm

(512) 854-9396

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