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Harris County, TX Public Records

District Court
District Clerk's Office
PO Box 4651
Houston, TX 77210-4651
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 713-755-7300
F: 713-368-3946
Major credit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil (no minimum limit)
Restricted Records: No juvenile or sealed records released.
Onsite service for Criminal Record Requests is at The Criminal Justice Center at 1201 Franklin, 3rd Fl, #3138. Onsite for civil is at 1301 Franklin, 2nd Floor, Room 210.
County Court
PO Box 1525
201 Caroline, 3rd Fl
Houston, TX 77251-1525
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 713-755-6421
F: 713-755-4710
Jurisdiction: Civil under $200,000
Small claims and evictions are handled by county Justice of Peace Courts; usually there are two per precinct.
Probate Dept
Harris County Clerk's Office
201 Caroline ST, #800
Houston, TX 77002
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 713-755-6425
F: 713-755-5468
Jurisdiction: Probate
There are 4 Probate Courts. Dockets are available free at Records go back to 1837.

Harris County, TX Vital Records

Contact the Harris County Office of the County Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Harris County
County Clerk
201 Caroline, 4th Fl
Houston, TX 77002
8AM-4:30PM CST
Phone: 713-755-6405
Fax: 713-755-4977
Real Estate, Grantor/Grantee, Lien, Judgment, Appraiser, Voter, UCC, Assumed Name, Vital Statistic

Official Harris County Vital Certificates

Harris County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are official hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Harris County Information

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and Harris County is no exception. With Houston as the county seat, this is one of the biggest and busiest places in the United States. Over four million people call Harris County home, and the county is ranked as the third largest in terms of population. However, whether you live in Harris County permanently or are just visiting, you'll find that there is plenty to see and do. Probably one of the first things that comes to mind when people think of this area is Space Center Houston. This is located in the Clear Lake area and offers tours and other visitor programs, including opportunities to meet astronauts. In addition to the Space Center, many people in Harris County enjoy visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science where they can browse exciting exhibits or take in an IMAX movie. The Museum of Fine Arts is where you can "get your culture on" and take in pieces ranging from Renaissance to post-Impressionism.

For folks that want to get outdoors, Hermann Park is a major attraction that features a zoo, a golf course, a relaxing Japanese garden, and an outdoor theater. It also has standard park features, such as playground equipment and walking/biking trails. Buffalo Bayou Park is another huge draw in Harris County that encompasses 124 acres and features hiking trails, a disc golf course, a children's playground, and a fantastic view of the Houston skyline. Harris County is certainly not lacking in outdoor activities, but no matter what you're into, you'll find something in this part of Texas.

Harris County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 1,728.83 sq mi
Population (2009): 4,070,989
  • Females: 49.8%
  • White: 73.2%
  • Black/African American: 18.8%
  • Asian: 5.8%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 39.8%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 35.3%
Population Change (2000-2009): 670,399
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 22.2%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 36.2%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 15.3%
High School Graduates (2000): 74.6%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 26.9%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.79
Housing Units (2000): 1,298,130
Homeownership Rate (2000): 55.3%
Migration Flow to Harris County, TX from (2007-2008):

Harris County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $197,109,914
  • Construction: $12,320,676
  • Retail Trade: $7,769,222
  • Professional and Technical Services: $22,884,049
  • Healthcare: $11,087,367
  • Banking: $9,888,744
  • Retail Trade: $7,769,222
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $3,459,147
  • Manufacturing: $25,480,056
  • Farms: $21,551
  • Government: $15,409,151
Employed (2000): 1,545,933
Unemployed (2000): 106,368
Unemployment Rate (2009): 7.6%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $49,634
Local Government Employment (2007): 179,170
Local Government Revenue (2007): $11,939,625 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $24,414,922 (thou. dol.)

Harris County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 71,409
  • Per 1,000 population: 18.3
Deaths (2007): 21,603
  • Per 1,000 population: 5.5
Infant Deaths (2007): 431
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.0

Harris County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 34,166
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 383
  • Forcible rape: 1,267
  • Robbery: 13,398
  • Aggravated Assault: 19,118
Property Crimes (2008): 175,378
  • Burglary: 42,900
  • Larceny-Theft: 110,174
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 22,304

Harris County Genealogy Records