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.

Warrants, Bonds and Holds

Click on the link for information on the following: 



Alias Warrant (Capias)


*Notice: Each violation has a $50.00 fee added if it goes into warrant status.


An Alias warrant (Capias) is when the defendant fails to make an appearance. Either by not taking care of the original class C citation or by not appearing at Court as promised.


Options for resolving an Alias Warrant (Capias) warrant:

    • Online (Click Here)

    • Phone with GovPayNet (Click Here);   

    • Retail Store with GovPayNet (Click Here);

    • Mail (cashier’s check or money order) (Click Here);   

    • In-Person (Click Here);   

    • Request a payment plan (Click Here);  

    • Pay in full for deferred disposition (probation) (Click Here);   

    • Post a cash bond to receive a court date. The amount of the citation is also the amount of the cash bond. The defendant must be in-person at the Court. (Click Here)

    • Plead guilty or no contest and go to proof or plea (walk-in) court, (Click Here);

    • Hire an attorney (If you have hired an attorney to represent your case(s), the Court will communicate all matters through the attorney. Contact the attorney's office for advisement or status of your citation(s).);

    • If you are arrested, you may be able to post a bond to be released from jail. 

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



Capias Pro-Fine Warrant


*Notice: Each violation has a $50.00 fee added if it goes into warrant status.


A capias pro-fine warrant is when the defendant has a guilty judgment and fails to comply with the Court’s orders.


Options for resolving a Capias Pro-Fine warrant:

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


Cash Bond – Not in Jail: 


Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


The defendant must be in-person at the Court. 


The amount of the citation is also the amount of the cash bond. Check, credit card, and money orders are not allowed. You will receive a receipt and a copy of the bond, with the court date.


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




Cash Bond - In Jail:


Dallas Marshal's Office 

1600 Chestnut Street 

Dallas, Texas 75226


**Cash bond(s) can be processed at the Dallas Marshal's Office 24 hours daily, seven (7) days a week including holidays if the defendant is in jail. ** 


The amount of the citation is also the amount of the cash bond.  Check, credit card, and money orders are not allowed. You will receive a receipt and a copy of the bond, with the court date. 


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






Bond(s) – Posted at Another Jail:

 

If arrested at another city or county for City of Dallas Municipal Court warrants, you may have posted a bond(s) to be released. You have ten (10) days from the day you are released to come into the Court and request something up on the citation(s).


Open court hours: (Click Here)

Building hours: (Click Here)

Location: (Click Here)

 

The arresting city will forward the monies to the City of Dallas Municipal Court. This process takes about 30 to 45 days.


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




Bonds – Posted in Dallas for Another Court:

 

If you were arrested by a City of Dallas Marshal or police officer for a warrant issued by another city or county, you might have posted bonds to be released.

 

The City of Dallas Municipal Court will forward the monies posted for the bond to the appropriate city or county. This process takes about 30 to 45 days.

 

You are required to contact the city or county where your citation(s) were issued. Usually, you have ten (10) days from the date on the bond paperwork. The City of Dallas Municipal Court will not have information on citations with another city or county.

 

For bond(s) paid for another city or county, keep the paperwork from the City of Dallas Municipal Court with you. If inquiring about that bond, the Court will need that to assist you. The Municipal Court does not refund money for bond(s) posted for another city or county. Any monies refunded will be by the city or county where the citation was issued. 






DPS / Omni (DL Hold)


The Texas Failure to Appear Website contains information on violators who have been reported by Texas cities and counties in accordance with Chapter 706 of the Texas Transportation Code. If you have been reported to the program, you will not be able to renew your Texas driver's license until the reported violation is resolved with the reporting court. (Click Here)                                                                                                                    

If you have questions about license suspensions, or other driver license issues, you will need to contact the Department of Public Safety at (512) 424-2600 or Customer Service. (Click Here)                                                                                                                    

For information concerning driver responsibility surcharge payments or to set up an installment agreement, please contact the Municipal Services Bureau at 1-800-688-6882 or email at:  msb@txdps.state.tx.us.                                                                                                


Surcharge payments can now be made online at www.txsurchargeonline.com. (Click Here)                                                                                              

The hold is lifted within ten (10) business days of payment in full or completion of a program ordered by the Judge.


If you feel this information is incorrect, contact the City of Dallas Municipal Court Monday through Friday by live chat or (214) 670-0109. 





Scofflaw (Registration Hold)


What is Scofflaw? (Click Here)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Scofflaw Info (Dallas County): (Click Here) 


The hold is lifted within ten (10) business days of payment in full or completion of a program ordered by the Judge.






Identity Theft 


If you received a letter from a collection agency or the Court regarding past due citations and you feel this information is incorrect, you may provide the information to the Court.  

 

You may provide proof by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.

 


Mail:


Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201


To review the case the Court will need:

    • Copy of the letter you received from the collection agency or the Court; 
    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification);
    • Copy of the police identity theft report or proof showing this is not you;
    • Good contact number and address. 

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.


This process can take 4-6 weeks to process once the Court receives the paperwork. You can check to see if anything has been done on the case under Citation Search. (Click Here)



OR


In-Person:


Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


To review the case the Court will need:

    • Copy of the letter you received from the collection agency or the Court; 
    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification);
    • Copy of the police identity theft report or proof showing this is not you.



Deceased Defendants


If you received a letter from a collection agency or the Court regarding past due citations and the person on the paperwork is deceased, you may provide the information to the Court.


You may provide proof by mail and in-person at the Court. Live chat, phone, and, email are not valid options.  

 

Mail:


Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201


To review the case the Court will need:

    • Copy of the letter you received from the collection agency or the Court; 
    • Copy of the death certificate or obituary;
    • Good contact number and address for the person providing the information. 

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.


This process can take 4-6 weeks to process once the Court receives the paperwork. You can check to see if anything has been done on the case under Citation Search. (Click Here)



OR


In-Person:


Dallas Municipal Court 

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201


For hours of operation: (Click Here)


To review the case the Court will need:

    • Copy of the letter you received from the collection agency or the Court; 
    • Copy of the death certificate or obituary.