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Public Information Act

The Public Information Act guarantees the public access to information maintained by a government agency. It is our policy to provide you with the fullest possible access to public information. If you wish to request records under the Texas Public Information Act, please refer to the following requirements and guidelines.

Requests for public information must be made in writing. Your request should include your name, address, and as much description as you can provide regarding the records you are requesting.

Requests for information may be mailed to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Office of General Counsel - Open Records, Box 4087, Austin, TX 78773-0140; dropped off in person at 5805 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin; or submitted via the Public Information Request page, or emailed to Please note that as of September 1, 2019, requests for information sent via fax will no longer be accepted.

Electronic requests will be accepted only if they are sent through our Public Information Request page or emailed to

Telephone requests are not considered public information requests.

You may obtain a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3) (regular or certified) from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Crash Report Online Purchase System.

To request a driving record, you must submit the required information and pay the applicable fee.

To request a criminal history record, you must submit the required information and pay the applicable fee.

DPS is under no legal obligation to respond if the requirements of the Public Information Act are not followed. For questions about the Public Information Act, please consult the Office of Attorney General, Open Government Division.

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