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Subpoenas

The Department does not have a single custodian for all records it maintains. The Department maintains a wide variety of records in multiple divisions and all records related to a single person may not be stored in a single location. To obtain records promptly, follow the instructions below.

Crash Records. The Department is not the custodian for Crash Records.  These records are available from the Texas Department of Transportation ("TXDOT").

You may obtain a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report (CR-3) (regular or certified) issued under Texas Transportation Code, Section 550.065 from the TXDOT's Crash Report Online Purchase System.

TXDOT may have the Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report, but only if the investigating law enforcement agency forwarded a copy to TXDOT. DPS will not have crash records for other police departments. DPS only has records for those crashes investigated by DPS Troopers.

Civil Subpoenas by Email or Fax Not Accepted. The Department will not accept service of a civil subpoena by email or facsimile because service by these methods is not a proper method of service [see TEX.R.CIV.PROC. 176.5(a)], and the fees that are required by law were not tendered at the time the subpoena was served [see TEX.R.CIV.PROC. 176.5(a)].

Where to Direct a Subpoena. You can expedite the process for receiving records if you send your subpoena to the specific section of the Department that has the records that you are seeking.

Submit subpoenas for Department records as follows:

 

For copy of Driver Records
Texas Department of Public Safety
Driver License Division
License and Records Service
ATTN: Custodian of Records
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. A
Austin, Texas  78752-0320
(512) 424-2032
You may also obtain a certified copy of a Driver Record by mailing in the form with the appropriate fee.

For copy of Accident Investigation
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Highway Patrol
ATTN: Custodian of Records
Street Address
City, State & Zip Code
Address and contact information for specific Texas Highway Patrol offices.

 

For Driver License Suspensions and Revocations
Texas Department of Public Safety
Driver Improvement Bureau
ATTN:  Cheryl Garren
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. A
Austin, Texas  78752-0320
(512) 424-5727

For copy of Criminal History
Texas Department of Public Safety
Crime Records Service
ATTN:  Don Farris, Jr.
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. G
Austin, Texas  78752-4143
(512) 424-2078
You may also obtain the criminal history record information online.

 

For copy of Payroll Records
Texas Department of Public Safety
Finance Department
ATTN:  Suzy Whittenton
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. A
Austin, Texas  78752-0130
(512) 424-7144

For copy of Personnel Files
Texas Department of Public Safety
Human Resources Department
ATTN:  Norma Cortez
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. C
Austin, Texas  78752-0251
(512) 424-5900

 

For copy of Crime Lab Information
Texas Department of Public Safety
Crime Lab
ATTN:  (Supervising Forensic Scientist)
Street Address 
City, State & Zip Code
Address and contact information for specific Crime Labs.

For copy of Texas Ranger Investigations
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Rangers
ATTN:  (Ranger’s Name)
Street Address
City, State & Zip Code
Address and contact information for specific Texas Ranger Companies.

 

For copy of CVE/License & Weight Records
Texas Department of Public Safety
Motor Carrier Bureau
ATTN:  Captain Omar Villarreal
6200 Guadalupe, Bldg. P
Austin, Texas  78752-0520
(512) 424-2050
Questions Contact: Ruth Ramos-Dumaine

For copy of RSD Records - Handgun Licensing, Private Security, Vehicle Inspection, Capitol Access Pass, Texas Metals Program, Compassionate-Use Program, Ignition Interlock, Precursor Chemical Laboratory Apparatus, Texas Prescription Program, and Controlled Substances.
Texas Department of Public Safety
Regulatory Services Division
ATTN:  Jennifer Combs
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. I
Austin, Texas  78752-0240
(512) 424-7752
Questions Contact: Mandy Tennill
Information regarding the Texas Metals Program is online.

 

For Personnel Sustained Complaints and Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Sustained Complaints
Texas Department of Public Safety
Office of Inspector General
ATTN:  Inspector General
Summit Executive Center
13706 Research Blvd., Suite 100
Austin, Texas  78750
(512) 424-5017

For Sex Offender Registration
Texas Department of Public Safety
Crime Records Service
Sex Offender Registration Bureau
ATTN:  Vincent Castilleja
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. G
Austin, Texas  78752-4143
(512) 424-2279

 

For copy of Communication Log/Audio
Texas Department of Public Safety
Public Safety Communications Bureau, Region
ATTN:  Custodian of Records
Street Address
City, State & Zip Code
Address and contact information for specific communication offices.

For copy of Trooper Training Materials
Texas Department of Public Safety
Education, Training & Research Division
ATTN: Asst. Director Sonia Garcia
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. C
Austin, Texas 78752-0252
(512) 424-2212

 

For copies of DPS General Manual and Division Manuals
Texas Department of Public Safety
Policy, Projects and Portfolio Management Office
ATTN:  Custodian of Records
5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. A
Austin, Texas 78752
(512) 424-2000

 

**Please note that the above listings show the departments that regularly receive subpoenas and depositions upon written questions. If there are other areas from which you require records, or if you have any further questions, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (512) 424-2890 and asked to speak with someone regarding the issuance of a subpoena.