TX Public Records

The Texas Public Information Act (PIA), formerly known as the Texas Open Records Act (ORA), can be found in Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code and outlines the rights and responsibilities of both the government and the public in regards to maintaining and accessing public records. Public information is generally defined as that information which is collected and/or created and/ or kept by the Texas government for the purpose of it's function and excludes certain documents that would infringe on personal privacy rights, might endanger individuals or government bodies, or otherwise hinder the function of the government or official proceedings (such as investigations). For a list of what is generally considered public and exempt, please click here.

The Texas Attorney General creates annual publications to shed light on the PIA, and answer some of the more frequently asked questions: TX PIA Made Easy, and PIA Handbook. These publications are also available directly through the AG's Office.

Requesting Public Records:

In the State of Texas, in order for the law to be active, requests for public information MUST BE MADE IN WRITING. Further, requests should only be made for records that are already in existence as governmental bodies are not required to to perform legal research or comply with a perpetual request for periodic information as it comes into being. It is also recommended that requests be made via US Mail and that such requests be addressed to the attention of the Officer of Public Information (OPI) or Chief Administrator (CA) for that agency. If you fax or email your request, it must be addressed to the OPI or CA of that agency in order for the PIA to be invoked, otherwise, the agency is under no obligation to fulfill your request.

Every TX agency is required to clearly post a sign that amounts to a "PIA Bill of Rights" in order to further facilitate the proper invocation of the law.

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Texas Government Info

State Agency Directory

Office of the Governor
State Insurance Building, 1100 San Jacinto, Austin TX 78701, P.O. Box 12428, Austin TX 78711-2428
(512) 463-2000 | Fax: (512) 463-1849

Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12887, Austin TX 78711-2887
Contacts Directory

Texas Senate

Texas House of Representatives

Attorney General
300 W. 15th Street, Austin TX 78701, PO Box 12548, Austin TX 78711-2548
(512) 463-2100 | Fax: (512)-475-2994

To view or obtain copies of Public Records from the TX Attorney General's Office, send a written request to:

  • By Mail:
    Public Information Coordinator, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 12548, Austin TX 78711 2548
  • Fax: (512) 494-8017
  • email: publicrecords@oag.state.tx.us

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Comptroller of Public Accounts
Lyndon B. Johnson State Office Building, 111 East 17th Street, Austin Texas 78774
Post Office Box 13528 Capitol Station, Austin Texas 78711-3528
Phone Directory

To view or obtain copies of Public Records from the TX Comptroller of Public Accounts, send a written request to:

  • By Mail:
    Open Records Division, Comptroller of Public Accounts, P.O. Box 13528, Austin Texas 78711-3528.
  • In Person:
    Open Records Division, 111 East 17th Street, LBJ State Office Bldg. Rm. 210, Austin Texas 78701
  • Fax: (512) 475-1610
  • email: open.records@cpa.state.tx.us

Dept. of Agriculture
Headquarters: 1700 N. Congress St. 11th Floor, Austin TX 78701
P.O. Box 12847, Austin TX 78711
(512) 463-7476 | Toll Free: (800) 835-5832 | Fax: (888) 223-8861

Dept. of Criminal Justice

Austin- 209 West 14th Street, Austin TX 78701, P. O. Box 13084 - Capitol Station, Austin TX 78711-3084
(512) 463-9988

Huntsville- 861-B I.H. 45 N, Huntsville TX 77320, P.O. Box 99, Huntsville TX 77342-0099
(936) 295-6371

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Dept. of Public Safety
5805 North Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78752-4422, P O Box 4087, Austin TX 78773-0001
(512) 424-2000

Dept. of State Health Services
45th Street: 909 West 45th Street, Austin TX 78758
(512) 206-5000

Central Campus: 1100 West 49th Street, Austin TX 78756
(512) 458-7111 | Toll Free: (888) 963-7111

Exchange Building: 8407 Wall Street, Austin TX 78754
(512)834-6790

Howard Lane: 4616 W. Howard Lane Building 2, Suite 275; Austin TX 78728
(512) 341-4400

Vital Records

General Land Office
1700 N. Congress Ave Suite 935, Austin TX 78701-1495
(512)463-5001 | Toll Free: (800) 998-4456

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Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1201 Brazos St, P.O. Box 12927, Austin TX 78711-2927
(512) 463-5455

Texas Historical Commission
1511 Colorado, Austin TX 78701, P.O. Box 12276 Austin TX 78711-2276
(512)-463-6100 | Fax: (512)-463-8222

Dept. of Licensing and Regulation
920 Colorado , Austin TX 78701, P.O. Box 12157, Austin TX 78711
(512) 463-6599 | Toll-Free (in TX): (800) 803-9202 | Fax: (512) 475-2871

Fort Worth
1501 Circle Drive, Suite 215, Ft. Worth TX 76119
(817) 321-8350 | Toll Free (in TX): (800)687-4102 | Fax: (817) 321-8365

Houston
5425 Polk Avenue Suite G80, Houston TX 77023
(713) 924-6300 | Toll Free (in TX): (800) 687-3861 | Fax: (713) 921-3106

Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Ave., Austin TX 78731
(888)-368-4689

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