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.


Time Served:

Defendants must receive approval from the Judge before time served is granted.



The judgment and sentence for the offense you are charged is the payment of a fine and cost. If ordered to pay a fine and cost, and you cannot pay, notify the court immediately. If you are determined by the court to have insufficient resources or income to pay, the court is required to provide you other ways to discharge the fine and costs.

Time served credit is when a Judge gives a defendant who was in or is in jail, credit on a citation(s). You are only able to request time served by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.


Time served is not given automatically when released from jail; a Judge must approve it. You have to make the request for each citation and provide proof with each Court where you have outstanding warrants.

What you need to request Work Release:

  • Time served application (Click Here)

  • A copy of an acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification);
  • Must have a valid phone number;
  •  Provide proof of incarceration. (Examples but not limited to: Documentation from the jail showing the book-in and release date or jail paperwork with a court order showing the incarceration period in TDC or federal prison. The Court will not make calls to obtain proof of incarceration  Make copies for your records, paperwork mailed in will be the property of the Court. 

  • Depending on the paperwork provided, you may be mailed a court date to come in and speak to a Judge.

***When you request time served by mail, please note this is a REQUEST ONLY. The Court will provide a response by mail within 3-4 weeks and will utilize the address listed on the time served request. ***

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


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 St. 

Dallas, TX 75201

For hours of operation: (Click Here)