Tarrant county open records request

Tarrant county open records request DEFAULT

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Why are there some documents that I can’t receive or that I can only receive with certain information redacted/blacked out?

A:  There are a number of rules and regulations that governmental entities have to follow in releasing information to the public. Many of these rules and regulations make certain information in the hands of governmental entities confidential or except from public disclosure. For instance, someone’s social security number is considered confidential information, so if a social security number appears in a document you have requested, we will have to redact that information before providing you with the document. Both the Office of the Attorney General’s Public Information Handbook and Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code are good resources containing the rules and regulations that dictate what information cannot be released to the public.  


Q:  What happens if I don’t agree to have information redacted or withheld from the documents I’m requesting?

A:  If you can’t reach an agreement with the Criminal District Attorney’s Office about whether certain information can be withheld within ten business days of the date you sent in your request, then a request for a ruling will be sent to the Office of the Attorney General. A copy of this request for a ruling will be sent to you. When the Attorney General issues a ruling, a copy will be sent to you along with any documents that the Attorney General rules are subject to release. Please note that if you include a physical mailing address with your original request, the Attorney General will mail a copy of the ruling to you directly, but will rely on the Criminal District Attorney’s Office to contact you if you do not provide a physical mailing address. Therefore, it is helpful to include your physical mailing address with your original request.


Q:  Why is the Criminal District Attorney’s Office contacting me regarding my open records request?

A:  The Criminal District Attorney is legal counsel for Tarrant County’s governmental entities. In that role, the Criminal District Attorney’s Office handles the vast majority of open records requests submitted to Tarrant County.

Sours: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/criminal-district-attorney/civil-division/OpenRecords/FAQPIA.html

Public Information Act

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

Rights of Requestors
You have the right to:

Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies
All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:

  • Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected;
  • Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements;
  • Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions, like the voting record of public officials, and other information;
  • Receive a written statement of estimated charges, when charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement;
  • Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most often at no charge), receive copies of the information or both;
  • A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body determines that access to the information primarily benefits the general public;
  • Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental body asking the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions, or if the communication discloses the requested information, a redacted copy;
  • Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public information with the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the county or district attorney of the county where the governmental body, other than a state agency, is located. If the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the complaint must be filed with the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public information and inform requestors of these procedures;
  • Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in accordance with ADA requirements;
  • Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the requirements of those laws;
  • Inform requestors of the estimated charges greater than $40 and any changes in the estimates above 20 percent of the original estimate, and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, has amended the request, or has sent a complaint of overcharges to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission, in writing before finalizing the request;
  • Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
  • Request a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General regarding any information the governmental body wishes to withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted copy, to the requestor;
  • Segregate public information from information that may be withheld and provide that public information promptly;
  • Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested from the governmental body;
  • Respond in writing to all written communications from the Texas Building and Procurement Commission regarding charges for the information. Respond to the Office of the Attorney General regarding complaints about violations of the Act.

Procedures to Obtain Information

  1. Submit a request by mail, fax, email or in person according to a governmental body's reasonable procedures.
  2. Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
  3. Cooperate with the governmental body's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.
A. Information to be releasedB. Information that may be withheld due to an exception
  • You may review it promptly, and if it cannot be produced within 10 working days the public information officer will notify you in writing of the reasonable date and time when it will be available.
  • Keep all appointments to inspect records and to pick up copies. Failure to keep appointments may result in losing the opportunity to inspect the information at the time requested.
Cost of Records
  • You must respond to any written estimate of charges within 10 business days of the date the governmental body sent it or the request is considered automatically withdrawn.
  • If estimated costs exceed $100 (or $50 if a governmental body has fewer than 16 full time employees) the governmental body may require a bond, prepayment or deposit.
  • You may ask the governmental body to determine whether providing the information primarily benefits the general public, resulting in a waiver or reduction of charges.
  • Make a timely payment for all mutually agreed charges. A governmental body can demand payment of overdue balances exceeding $100, or obtain a security deposit, before processing additional requests from you.
  • By the 10th business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a governmental body must:
    1. request an Attorney General opinion and state which exceptions apply;
    2. notify the requestor of the referral to the Attorney General; and
    3. notify third parties if the request involves their proprietary information.
  • Failure to request an Attorney General opinion and notify the requestor within 10 business days will result in a presumption that the information is open unless there is a compelling reason to withhold it.
  • Requestors may send a letter to the Attorney General arguing for release, and may review arguments made by the governmental body. If the arguments disclose the requested information, the requestor may obtain a redacted copy.
  • The Attorney General must issue a decision no later than the 45th working day from the day after the attorney general received the request for a decision. The attorney general may request an additional 10 working day extension.
  • Governmental bodies may not ask the Attorney General to "reconsider" an opinion.

To request documents containing public information/information from this governmental body, please contact:

You may send your request:

By mail to:Civil Division
Attention: Open Records
Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center
401 West Belknap, 9th Floor
Fort Worth, Texas  76196-0201
By e-mail to:[email protected]
By fax to:

817-884-1675

In person at:Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center
401 West Belknap, 9th Floor – Civil Division
Fort Worth, Texas  76196-0201

For complaints regarding failure to release public information please contact :

Open Records Complaints
Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center
401 West Belknap, 9th Floor – Civil Division
Fort Worth, Texas  76196-0201

By e-mail to:                                      [email protected]

You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General, Open Records Hotline, at 478-6736 or toll-free at 1-877-673-6839.

For complaints regarding overcharges, please contact the Texas Building and Procurement Commission at 512-475-2497.

Sours: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/county/website-use/public-information-act.html
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Public Records Request

"Pursuant to section 552.301(c), Government Code, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Records Division has been designated to receive all electronic mail requests for public information. The Department is not responsible for responding to electronic mail requests sent to any electronic mail address other than the address for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Records Division."

To request information from this governmental body, please contact:

By mail to or in person at:
Tarrant County Sheriff 's Office
Records Division
200 Taylor Street, 6th floor
Fort Worth, TX 76196

By phone: 817-884-2942

By fax to: 817-884-2939

By email to:[email protected]

In an effort to provide prompt and efficient service, any request for information should include the following information (if known):

  • Date of request
  • Report number (if known)
  • Type of report / incident (i.e. theft, burglary, etc.)
  • Date of report (occurrence)
  • Address where incident occurred
  • Parties involved in accident
  • Describe any other information to assist Records Division staff in locating desired record

The staff of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Records Division may, on occasion, need to contact the requestor for some clarification on the submitted request for records or to inform the requestor on the status of his / her request for records. As a result, it is important for the requestor to include their name, address and telephone number in the request for public information to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Records Division.

Sours: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/sheriff/operations-bureau/communications-and-technology/records/public-records.html
How to file an Open Records Request

Helpful Links

County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111

Tarrant County provides the information contained in this web site as a public service. Every effort is made to ensure that information provided is correct. However, in any case where legal reliance on information contained in these pages is required, the official records of Tarrant County should be consulted. Tarrant County is not responsible for the content of, nor endorses any site which has a link from the Tarrant County web site.

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Types of Documents

County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111

Tarrant County provides the information contained in this web site as a public service. Every effort is made to ensure that information provided is correct. However, in any case where legal reliance on information contained in these pages is required, the official records of Tarrant County should be consulted. Tarrant County is not responsible for the content of, nor endorses any site which has a link from the Tarrant County web site.

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