Court & Detention Services

You have 21 days from when the citation was issued to appear. You may make your appearance online, by mail, by telephone, and in person. Live Chat and email do not satisfy an appearance. If you fail to make your appearance within the 21 days, you are subject to added fines, fees, and possible warrants for your arrest. Civil citations have 31 days to appear. If you are unsure which type of citation you received, you can contact the Court before the 21 days expires to verify.

Court Appearances

Contest My Citation - Pre-Trial Hearing:

On or before the 21st day, you must provide the Court with your request for pre-trial.


Plead not guilty and request a pre-trial hearing, this must be within the first 21 days of issuance of the citation. You may request a pre-trial hearing by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.

If you wish to contest your citation at trial, you must attend a mandatory pre-trial setting. The pre-trial hearing is for the city prosecutor and the defendant to have an opportunity to discuss available options to resolve the case. If the case is unresolved after the pre-trial hearing, you will receive a future trial date.

What you need to request a pre-trial: 

  • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification.);

  • Contact Verification Form (If you are requesting this option online you will find this PDF link during the online setup.);

  • Must pay the convenience fee. (If you are requesting this option online.)

To review citation(s), status, or balances (Click Here). Example: (C12123456 Do not enter the dash) (Warrants will appear in red) 




Dallas Municipal Court 
2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201-4406

***When you request a pre-trial by mail, please note this is a REQUEST ONLY.  The Court will provide a response by mail within 5-7 business days and will utilize the address listed on the request. ***

The Court uses the postmark date on the letter (stamped by the postal service) as the received date.  Mailing certified is recommended but is not required.




Dallas Municipal Court

2014 Main Street

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)

The City of Dallas Municipal Court does not have free or dedicated parking for the public. Paid parking options include street metered parking, daily lots, and private garages.

What to Expect at a Pre-Trial Hearing:

  • The pro se defendant will be informed, via a video presentation, of his/her options to resolve a case. 

  • Pro se defendants (not represented by an attorney) will have the opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor for a possible resolution. 

  • The case will be placed on a court docket for trial (jury or before the Judge) if the case is still unresolved after the pre-trial hearing. 

  • For cases involving an attorney, an additional pre-trial date may be added to ensure the defendant is present when entering his/her plea.