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.

Compliance & Dismissal Options


Click on the link for information on the following:





Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (Insurance 

Citation):

 

Insurance citations are only handled by mail or in-person at the Court. You must provide the declaration page of your insurance policy along with the insurance card. The policy must have you listed as a driver and show the dates of coverage.


Mail:


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

 

Submit the following paperwork:

    • Copy of the citation (If you have it);
    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification.);
    • Insurance card with:
      • The name, address and telephone number of the insurer;
      • The name and address of the named insured; 
      • The policy number;
      • The effective and expiration dates of the policy;
      • The make and model of the covered vehicle;
      • A statement that the policy meets the minimum amounts of vehicle liability insurance required by the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act;
    • Contact Verification Form (Click Here);
    • Must have a valid phone number.


*** When you request a failure to maintain financial responsibility (insurance citation) dismissal 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 Contact Verification Form. ***

 

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.

 

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



OR



In-Person:


 

Dallas Municipal Court  
2014 Main St.  
Dallas, TX 75201

For hours of operation: (Click Here)


Walk-in court (proof or plea) is open and accessible to the public as a first come first served docket. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and court opens at 8:30 a.m. There is a limited number of people that can be scheduled per docket. Once the morning docket is full, you can wait on the 1:00 p.m. docket or come back another day.  Once the afternoon docket is full, you can return another business day to sign up for the walk-in court (proof or plea).


 
Morning Open Court                             Afternoon Open Court


Monday:       8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 


Tuesday:       8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm & 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm  


Wednesday:  8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Thursday:     8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Friday:          8:30 am – 10:30 am            Juveniles Only – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


What you need to bring to the Court:   

    • A copy of an acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification.);
    • Insurance card with:
      • The name, address and telephone number of the insurer;
      • The name and address of the named insured; 
      • The policy number;
      • The effective and expiration dates of the policy;
      • The make and model of the covered vehicle;
      • A statement that the policy meets the minimum amounts of vehicle liability insurance required by the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act;


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.



Compliance Offense's


You have 21 days from the citation date to present proof of correction. If charged with one of the following offenses, you may request a dismissal of your citation(s) with an administrative fee. (Not all compliance dismissals are listed):  

    • Expired vehicle registration (Defendant must remedy the defect, and show proof of payment of late registration fee to county assessor-collector);
    • Operate vehicle without valid registration insignia properly displayed;
    • Attaching or displaying on a vehicle a registration insignia that is assigned for a period other than in effect;
    • Operate vehicle without two valid license plates;
    • Attaching or displaying on a vehicle a license plate that is assigned for a period other than in effect, or has a blurring, reflective, coating, covering, or protective matter or attached illuminated device, sticker, decal, or emblem that obscures, impairs, or interferes with the plate's readability;
    • Expired driver's license;
    • Fail to report a change of address or name on driver's license;
    • Violate driver's license restriction or endorsement;
    • Operate vehicle with defective required equipment (or in unsafe condition);
    • Operating a vehicle without complying with inspection requirements as certified (vehicle was located in another state at the time the applicant applied for registration or renewal, Section 548.256(b) of the Transportation Code);
    • Expired disabled parking placard;
    • Operate vessel with an expired certificate of number.


Online:


What you will need to request online:

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

    • Proof of the Correction;

    • Fill out the Verification of Contact Information Form and upload the completed form. (You will find this PDF link during the online setup.);

    • Must have a valid phone number;

    • Must pay the Administrative Fee.

**** Not all compliance/dismissal citations are eligible for the online option. ****


*** When you request a compliance dismissal online, 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 Contact Verification Form. ***



OR


 

Mail:


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


Submit the following paperwork:

    • Copy of the citation (If you have it);

    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social Security Cards and Selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification.);

    • Proof of the Correction;

    • Contact Verification Form (Click Here); 

    • Must have a valid phone number;

    • Must pay the Administrative Fee.

*** When you request a compliance dismissal 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 Contact Verification Form. ***


Do not send cash by mail. Send only a check, cashier's check or money order made payable to the "City of Dallas" through the mail. To ensure the correct citation is credited, print the citation number on the check or money order.

 

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.


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


 

OR



In-Person:


Dallas Municipal Court  

2014 Main St.  

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


Walk-in court (proof or plea) is open and accessible to the public as a first come first served docket. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and court opens at 8:30 a.m. There is a limited number of people that can be scheduled per docket. Once the morning docket is full, you can wait on the 1:00 p.m. docket or come back another day.  Once the afternoon docket is full, you can return another business day to sign up for the walk-in court (proof or plea).

 

Morning Open Court                             Afternoon Open Court


Monday:       8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 


Tuesday:       8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm & 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm  


Wednesday:  8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Thursday:     8:30 am – 10:30 am            1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Friday:          8:30 am – 10:30 am            Juveniles Only – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

What you need to bring to the Court:  

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

    • Proof of the correction;

    • Pay the administrative fee.

Pay with cash, debit card, credit card, check, or money order. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard. (No credit card fee when paying in-person at the Municipal Court.) Spanish speaking representatives are available. (Agentes de Servicio que hablan español están disponibles para servirle.)



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.