Bidder Certificates

What is a Bidder Certificate

An official document from the Tax Assessor/Collector or his deputy showing the amount of delinquent taxes, penalties, interest and any known costs or expenses due the taxing jurisdictions for specific properties, wholly or partially in Dallas County, owned by an individual or a company.

A Bidder Certificate is required by the Dallas County Sheriff Department before participating in the “first Tuesday” tax sale/auction of properties being sold due to non-payment of property taxes. Click here for an example.

What is the cost for a Bidder Certificate?

There is a non-refundable fee of $10 for each Bidder Certificate issued.

Are any other documents required in order to purchase a Bidder Certificate?

In addition to the $10 fee, a notarized Affidavit is also required. The Affidavit should include the following information. The Affidavit must be the original signed and notarized document; copies are not permitted. Click here for the Affidavit form.

Information required in the Affidavit:

When does a Bidder Certificate expire?

The Bidder Certificate is valid for 90 days from the date issued.

Where can a Bidder Certificate be obtained?

In Person at:
Dallas County Tax Office
Renaissance Tower
1201 Elm Street
Suite 2600
Dallas, TX 75270

In Person payment methods:

Make checks payable to JOHN R. AMES, CTA, TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR. Please include your name, phone number and address.

By Mail to:
Dallas County Tax Office
Attn:  Special Inventory Department
Renaissance Tower
1201 Elm Street
Suite 2600
Dallas, TX 75270

By Mail payment methods:

Make checks payable to JOHN R. AMES, CTA, TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR. Please include your name, phone number and address.

Additional Information:

For additional information email us at propertytax@dallascounty.org or call 214-653-7811.

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