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.


Frequently Asked Questions, Pleas, 


Expunctions, & Helpful Links


Click on the link for information on the following:


Frequently Asked Questions


What are acceptable forms of picture identification?


The following forms of picture identification are acceptable picture identification for persons conducting business at the customer service windows:

    • Texas or Out of State Driver's License; 

    • Mexican Driver's License or Matrícula Consular; 

    • Texas or Out of State Identification; 

    • Military Identification Card or Badge; 

    • U.S. University Identification (Colleges); 

    • Government Issued Passport; 

    • Immigration Resident Card or Green Card; 

    • Mexican Voter Registration; 

    • Texas Department of Corrections Parolee Card;

    • U.S. Government Issued Identification; 

    • Concealed Handgun License; 

    • Please note that an expired driver's license will suffice only for setting a court date



Prohibited items in the court building?

    • All knives – (Exception: plastic or round-bladed butter knives);

    •  Razor-type blades – (Examples but not limited to box cutters and utility knives);

    • Scissors – (Examples but not limited to: metal scissors with pointed-tips and blades which are longer than four inches);

    • Sporting-goods objects – (Examples but not limited to: baseball bats, bows and arrows, golf clubs, pool cue sticks, hockey sticks, and ski poles);

    • Firearms & guns – (Examples but not limited to: all firearms, starter pistols, replicas of weapons, flares, flare-guns, pellet or bb-guns, ammunition);

    • Working tools – (Examples but not limited to: hammers, screwdrivers, drills, saws, pliers, wrenches);

    • Self-defense weapons – (Examples but not limited to: brass knuckles, billy clubs, mace, throwing stars, kubatons, nunchakus, and blackjacks).

 

What is the appropriate attire in the court building?


All persons entering a courtroom shall be clean and dressed in a manner that shows dignity and respect for the court. Examples of appropriate attire:  

    • Slacks, jeans that are non-ripped, and pantsuits;  

    • Collared shirts; 

    • Dresses and skirts.

Unacceptable attire includes:  

    • Shorts or cutoffs; 

    • Pants that are below the waistline (drooping/saggy pants); 

    • Flip flop style shoes; 

    • T-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops, tube tops, and halter tops; 

    • Athletic/gymnasium attire; 

    • Baseball hats and caps;  

    • Clothing that indicates gang affiliation; and

    • Clothing containing offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, or obscene language. 

 

I just received my citation why can I not find it online?


It may take up to ten (10) business days for your citation to appear in the system. You have the option to handle the citation by mail or by bringing your copy into the Court to be entered. To handle by mail before the citation is entered, provide a copy of the citation, identification, and payment. View, a list of violations and amounts: (Click Here) 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.



I moved, and I need to update my information with the court?

 

You may update your contact information by mail and in-person with picture id. (Click Here) Live Chat, phone and, email are not valid options. Notify the Court in writing of any changes within ten (10) days of the change. If you do not provide an updated form, the assumed information is what is on the citation. Please write clearly to ensure that we update the correct information.

 

 

I requested the wrong program, plea or option on my citation, what can I do?

 

You may request a change of program, plea or Judge's order, by mail and in-person at the Court with picture identification. You may not request court changes by phone, email, fax, or live chat.   Be prepared to make any payment owed at the time of the request.


What forms of payments can I use at the Courthouse?


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.) Payments other than cash will require a matching picture id. The Court has an ATM in the lobby of the main windows. 



How can I pay without coming into the Courthouse?

 

How can I get copies of my citation/court records?


The Municipal Court does not have access to arrest reports, accident reports, driving records, and police records.


Records of past or current citation(s), can be reviewed online. Click on details once you enter the name and date of birth or the citation number.


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


If you need more information than what is online, fill out the above form and either mail it or bring it to the Court. Please write clearly to ensure that we provide the correct information. You may not request records by phone, email, fax, or live chat.


Copy fees: (Each side that has recorded information is considered a page.)

    • $.10 per page for non-certified records;
    • $8 for the 1st page and $1 for each page after for certified records.

For Municipal Court records form: (Click Here) 


How do I pay a parking citation or how do I pay/view a red light camera citation?


Go to Parking & Red Light Citations: (Click Here) 



If I have a warrant, will I get arrested when I pay in person?


We do not have arresting officers at our location waiting for anyone. If you see uniformed personnel, they are either there as bailiffs or called to appear in court. 



Do I have to pay for parking at 2014 Main Street?


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.



I received a letter from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) regarding the suspension of my driver's license. How can I get this corrected?


Contact the local DPS office for further information or the organization that sent you the letter.



How can I look up what citation(s) have a hold from Omni or DPS?


Go online to the Texas Failure to Appear website: (Click Here)



What do I do if I have a hold on my driver's license, but I need to renew it?


Look up outstanding citations you have on the website and pay the balance in full. 


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



What do I do if my court date is two months away and I need my registration immediately?


Look up outstanding citations you have on the website and pay the balance in full.

 

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


  

What is the Scofflaw Vehicle Registration Denial Program?


To better understand the Scofflaw Vehicle Registration Denial Program, see our Scofflaw Pamphlet (Click Here) (PDF, in English and en español).

  

Plea Information


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.

 

Only the person who received the citation may enter a plea. Pleas may be made online, by phone, mail, a select retail store, and in-person.

 

Authorized Pleas are:

 

Guilty

 

Guilty Plea – A plea by which a defendant confesses to the crime with which the defendant is charged, or the verdict by which a defendant is convicted.



No Contest

 

A plea in which the defendant does not contest the charge. Nolo contendere has the same legal effect as a guilty plea; however, it may not be used against the defendant as an admission of guilt in a civil suit based upon or growing out of the act upon which the criminal prosecution is based.

 


Not Guilty

 

Not Guilty Plea – A plea in which the defendant denies guilt in a criminal case and contests the charge. You will be set for a pre-trial hearing when you enter a plea of not guilty to a charge.


 

Hire an Attorney

 

You will need to decide whether to retain an attorney to represent you or represent yourself at Court. An attorney is not required to handle a citation, but it is an option.

 

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).



Expunctions


The following forms are provided for convenience only and are not intended as a substitute for independent legal analysis by an attorney. Persons are strongly encouraged to consult an attorney with any questions regarding their eligibility for relief under Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 55.01.



Eligibility:


You may be eligible for an expunction of a class C misdemeanor offense if:

    • You were given deferred disposition, completed the probation, and the case dismissed;

    • Your case dismissed for another reason;

    • You were acquitted (found "Not Guilty") at trial;

    • Some cases will also require a specific waiting period to lapse before they are eligible for expunction;

    • You MUST file with the Dallas County District Court for expunctions on offenses that deal with identity theft.

If you feel your case qualifies for an expunction, you are strongly encouraged to consult an attorney about eligibility and the process for filing.



Mail: 

 

Dallas Municipal Court

2014 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201-4406

 

What you need to request by mail:

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

    • Expunction petition (1 original & 5 copies of original) (Click Here);
    • Expunction order;
      • Original signature for an attorney (or pro-se) on the last page of the petition;
      • Verification page;
      • Original notary public stamp/seal on verification page;
      • Original signature of the petitioner, notary public, and attorney on verification page;
      • Current mailing address; 
      • Order granting expunction; and
      • Original proposed order only.

Juvenile expunctions - $30.00 fee (non-refundable & subject to change) (Click Here)


Adult expunctions - $100.00 fee (In some circumstances, this fee is refundable. Please check the statute or consult an attorney for refund eligibility. Subject to change) (Click Here)


*** When you request an expunction 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 paperwork you provide. (Some requests may take longer to process.)***


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.




In-Person: 

 

Dallas Municipal Court  

2014 Main St. 

Dallas, TX 75201-4406


For hours of operation: (Click Here)

 

What you need to bring to the Court:

    • Acceptable form of identification (Defined Here) (Social security cards and selfies (pictures) are NOT valid forms of identification);
    • Expunction petition (1 original & 5 copies of original) (Click Here);
    • Expunction order;
      • Original signature for an attorney (or pro-se) on the last page of the petition;
      • Verification page;
      • Original notary public stamp/seal on verification page;
      • Original signature of the petitioner, notary public, and attorney on verification page;
      • Current mailing address; 
      • Order granting expunction; and
      • Original proposed order only.

Juvenile expunctions - $30.00 fee (non-refundable & subject to change) (Click Here)


Adult expunctions - $100.00 fee (In some circumstances, this fee is refundable. Please check the statute or consult an attorney for refund eligibility. Subject to change.) (Click Here)



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