Dallas County Sheriff
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I'm looking for Jail Information, where do I need to go?
Q: Can I bring an inmate's prescription eyeglasses to him/her?
A: Yes, just bring the glasses to building control of the appropriate jail facility. Prescription glasses and reading glasses are OK.
Q: Can I bring any reading materials to an inmate?
A: No, all reading materials are distributed through the Inmate Programs Section. This includes all books, magazines and religious materials.
Q: Can an inmate be allowed to leave the jail to attend an immediate family member funeral?
A: Unfortunately, due to staffing limitations we are unable to escort inmates.
Q: I'm a lawyer needing to get my private investigator in the jail to interview an inmate.
A: You must provide your investigator with a letter authorizing them to interview the inmate in question. The "original letter" must be on your official letterhead with the date of the interview. Faxed copies will not be accepted. The investigator must have a new updated letter for each visit, along with a government issued I.D. as well as a current investigator license.
Q: Can I marry a person incarcerated in your jail?
A: Yes, a marriage license can be obtained from the county clerk's office. The cost is $41.00 in cash.
If an applicant is unable to appear personally, any adult or the other applicant may apply on behalf of the absent applicant. The proper paper work must be completed prior to applying. Proper paper work including the absent applicant's identification and age is required. If one party is incarcerated, this office must send out and receive information directly from the incarcerated person. No marriage ceremonies are performed at the jail.
If the absent applicant is under 18 years of age, proof of parental consent, or judicial permission, or proof of the dissolution of a previous marriage must be provided.
A valid form of photo identification, such as a driver's license, U.S. passport, certified copy of a birth certificate, or military identification is required.
Q: Where to Apply for a Marriage License?
A: You can apply for a marriage license in downtown Dallas at the Records Building, 1st Floor, 509 Main Street, Suite 120 (8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday) 214-653-7559 or 214-653-7131.
Visit http://www.dallascounty.org/department/countyclerk/marriage-license.php for more information.
Q: Can my company/organization participate in your jail inmate programs?
A: Please visit the Contact Us section, under Inmate Programs Division.
Q: How can I submit a commendation/complaint regarding one of your employees?
A: Please contact the Dallas County Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs Division at (214) 653-3414.
Q: How can I get divorce papers served?
A: You must contact the appropriate Dallas County Constable's office to assist you. The Dallas County Sheriffs Department does not serve civil papers.
Q: Who do I contact if I want to do business with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department?
A: You can contact Dallas County purchasing (214) 653-6574.
Q: How can I obtain a sheriff clearance letter or application for pardon and paroles?
A: Come to the Sheriff's Executive Offices located at the Frank Crowley Court House on 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75207. We are on the ground floor in room C-15. You will need to fill out a Dallas County Sheriff's Department Clearance form or application for pardon and paroles and present two forms of valid identification. Any two of the following forms of I.D. will work: Driver’s License, Texas Department of Public Safety identification card, social security card, birth certificate or passport. The fee is $35.00 in the form of cash, a cashier’s check or money order. This letter is only good for a Dallas County background check. For a statewide check contact the Texas Department of Public Safety. Please allow 48 hours for processing. Please be advised, if you bring this letter downloaded from the website please be sure to have it notarized by an official public notary.
Clearance Form here.
Application for Pardon and Paroles here.
For additional information on Immigration/Dream Act visit: http://www.us-immigration.com/index.html
Q: How can I retrieve my car which was towed? How can I locate it?
A: The location of your car is listed on Dallas County Sheriff's Department vehicle impound record. Go to the towing service listed on the report. You must have proof of liability insurance, current registration, and current driver’s license. All fees must be paid before vehicle can be released.
Q: How do I pay a ticket?
A: Every citation written by a Dallas County deputy sheriff should list the justice of the peace court where the citation is assigned. The phone number for the court will be printed prominently on either the front or the back of the citation depending on whether it is a hand written or computer generated citation. To take care of the citation, simply contact the court. A complete list of all Dallas County justice of the peace courts and their phone numbers is available here:
Q: How do I make a bid in the Dallas Country Sheriff's Auction?
A: You must fill out an application from the tax department for a permit to bid on property at the auction ($10.00 fee applies.) These permits are only good for 90 days and must be renewed on or before they expire. You may not bid on any property without a permit. For more information call the Tax Department at (214) 653-7811.
Any payment to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department must be in cash or cashiers check made payable to "Dallas County Sheriff". No letter credit will be accepted, all sales are final. There are no returns and no refunds.
Two weeks after the sale you will get a sheriff's deed that states that you purchased the property at the sheriff's sale. You must record the deed by taking to the Records Building-Recording Department to get it in your name. The former property owner has the right to buy the property back for six months, if it is not a homestead and for two years, if it is a homestead. They pay what you paid and 25 percent the first year and 50 percent the second year, plus the cost incurred to bring the property up to code.
Q: How can I have my fingerprints taken?
A: Visit the Lew Sterrett Justice Center and follow the orange line along the edges of the floor to the probation check office. Each card will cost you $5.00. Cash only. Photo I.D.is required.
Our fingerprint services can be used for many purposes including:
A: Monday-Friday 8:00a.m.-3:30p.m.
Visit to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center and follow the orange line along the edges of the floor to the probation check office.
A jail visitation card can be purchased for $5.00. This card will be used for visitation purposes only at the Dallas County Jail.
To acquire a Dallas County Jail Visitation Card you will need three (3) of the following forms of identification. These must be original documents, no scanned forms will be accepted.