District Clerk

District Clerk Fees and Court Costs

Civil Fees

  • Civil Original Suit Fees and Other Civil Motions

  • Family Fees

  • Family Original Suit Fees and Family Motions

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    CIVIL ORIGINAL SUITS

    Base Filing Fee effective 9/1/2015

    Clerk Fee (1 to 10 plaintiffs)*

    $50.00

    Consolidated  Fee Civil

    $50.00

    Law Library Fee

    $35.00

    Mediation Fee

    $10.00

    Stenographer Fee

    $15.00

    Security Fee

    $5.00

    Records Preservation

    $5.00

    Indigent Legal Services Fee

    $10.00

    District Clerk’s Records Management Fee

    $5.00

    Judicial Service Fee

    $42.00

    Court Records Preservation Fee

    $10.00

    District Clerk Records Archive Fee

    $10.00

    E-Filing Fee

    $30.00

    Appellate Fee

    $5.00

    Total Base Filing Fee

    $282.00

    * Note: 11-25 plaintiffs = $75, 26-100 plaintiffs = $100, 101-500 plaintiffs = $125,
    501-1000 plaintiffs = $150, 1001 or more plaintiffs = $200.

    Condemnation – filed by State (excludes Consolidated Fee Civil)

    $222.00

    Case transferred to Denton County – Payable by plaintiff – base fee

    $282.00

    Application for Writ of Garnishment – Pre- Judgment and Post-judgment (new case number, same court)

    $282.00

    Bill of Review (new case number, same court as original final order)

    $282.00

    Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus (pre-indictment)

    $0.00

    Fraudulent Lien, Claim or Court Record Action

    $0.00

    Declaratory Judgment

    $282.00

    Register Foreign Judgment/Order – base fee

    $282.00

    Accounts, contracts, notes

    $282.00

    Damages

    $282.00

    Partition Suit

    $282.00

    Worker’s Compensation

    $282.00

    Severed Action – payable by Movant – base fee

    $282.00

    Seizure and Forfeiture Cases – base fee

    $282.00

    Bond Forfeiture (Judgment Nisi) – base fee

    $282.00

    Tax Suits (excludes Steno, Law library, and  Mediation fees from base fee amount)

    $217.00

    Petition for Non-Disclosure – base fee + $28.00

    $310.00

    Expunction

    ** Base fee

    ** For each notice/petition mailed

    ** For each final order mailed

     

    $282.00

    $5.00

    $6.00

    Occupational Driver’s License – base fee

    $282.00

    Any other civil case not listed above

    $282.00

     

    CIVIL MOTIONS AND OTHER ACTIONS

     
    Counterclaim
    $76.00
    Cross-Action
    $76.00
    Motion for Enforcement
    $36.00
    Motion to Transfer
    $36.00
    Motion for Contempt
    $46.00
    Motion for New Trial, Motion to Reinstate and Motion to Vacate
    $46.00
    Motion to Modify
    $36.00
    Interpleader
    $76.00
    Intervention
    $76.00
    Third Party Petition
    $76.00
    Application for Turnover
    $36.00
    Each action above is $15.00. Additional fees are the Indigent
     Legal Services fee of $10, Security Fee of $1, The District
     Clerk Records Archive Fee of $10, the Records Preservation
    fee of $10 and the E-filing fee of $20  for a total of $66.00
     

     

    FAMILY LAW ORIGINAL SUITS

    Base Filing Fee effective 1/1/2014

    ***NOTE – Effective 1/1/2006 the Family Protection Fee in the amount of $15.00 has been added to the base cost of a suit to dissolve a marriage.

    Clerk Fee (1 to 10 plaintiffs)*

    $50.00

    Consolidated Fee Family

    $45.00

    Law Library Fee

    $35.00

    Mediation Fee

    $10.00

    Stenographer Fee

    $15.00

    Security Fee

    $5.00

    Records Preservation

    $5.00

    Indigent Legal Services Fee

    $5.00

    District Clerk’s Records Management Fee

    $5.00

    Judicial Service Fee

    $42.00

    Court Records Preservation Fee

    $10.00

    District Clerk Records Archive Fee

    $10.00

    E-Filing Fee

    $30.00

    Appellate Fee

    $5.00

    Bureau of Vital Statistic Form

    $1.00

    Total Base Filing Fee

    $273.00

     

    * Note: 11-25 plaintiffs = $75, 26-100 plaintiffs = $100, 101-500 plaintiffs = $125,

    501-1000 plaintiffs = $150, 1001 or more plaintiffs = $200.

     

    Divorces * Annulments * Void Marriage

     

     * with waiver to be filed (base fee, state report, certification & family protection fee)

    $289.00

     * with citation  (base fee, state report, certification & family protection fee)

    $297.00

     * with citation + showcause or TRO ((base fee, state report, certification & family protection fee)

    $305.00

     * with citation, showcause and TRO (base fee, state report & family protection fee)

    $313.00

    Adult – Adoptions  ** Base Fee + State Report

    Child – Adoptions  ** Base Fee + State Report + CAR Fund

    $273.00

    $288.00

    Parent-Child Relationship/Paternity – base fee + State report

    $273.00

    Protective Orders (paid by Respondent upon court order)

    ** Base fee + Protective Order Fee

    $288.00

    Name Change – base fee + certification

    $273.00

    Case transferred to Denton County(clerk/indigent fees)

     $50.00

    Register Foreign Judgment/Decree/Order – base fee

    $273.00

    UIFSA – base fee

    $273.00

    Severed Action – base fee

    $273.00

    Removal of Disabilities – base fee

    $273.00

    QDRO Post-Decree Petition/Action

    $273.00


    FAMILY MOTIONS AND OTHER ACTIONS

     
    Suit or Motion for Modification
    $20.00
    Motion for Enforcement
    $20.00
    Notice of Application for Judicial Writ of Withholding
    $20.00
    Motion to Transfer
    $20.00
    Petition for License Suspension
    $20.00
    Petition for Suspension of License (New Suit)
    273.00
    Motion to Revoke a Stay of License Suspension
    $20.00
    Motion for Contempt
    $30.00
    Each action above is $15.00.  Additional Fees are the Indigent Legal 
    Services Fee of $5.00 and Records Archive Fee of $10.00
     
    Counterclaim
    $71.00
    Cross-Action
    $71.00
    Motion for New Trial, Motion to Reinstate and Motion to Vacate
    $41.00
    Intervention
    $71.00
    Third Party Petition
    $71.00
    Interpleader
    $71.00
    Each action above is $15.00. Additional fees are the Indigent Legal Services
    fee of $5, District Clerk Records Archive Fee $10.00, Security fee of $1,
    the Records Preservation fee of $10 and the E-filing fee of $30.
     
     
     

    ISSUANCE FEES

              Issuance fees are in addition to the base cost of filing a new suit or action and must be paid for in advance.

    Issuance

    Amount

    Abstract of Judgment

    $8.00

    Capias

    $8.00

    Citation (all types but certified mail)

    $8.00

    Citation (plus service fee for Certified Mail)

    $38.00

    Citation for Foreclosure by certified mail and first class mail

    $46.00

    Commission for Deposition

    $8.00

    Expunction Notice Delivery

    $5.00

    Expunction Order Delivery

    $6.00

    Judicial Writ of Withholding

    $15.00

    Letter Rogatory

    $8.00

    Notice

    $8.00

    Notice Regarding Fraudulent Lien –

     If done by certified mail

    Cost of postage

    Notice of Order Withholding

    $15.00

    Order of Sale

    $8.00

    Precept

    $8.00

    Scire Facias

    $8.00

    Showcause Notice

    $8.00

    Subpoena

    $8.00

    Temporary Restraining Order

    $8.00

    Writ of Attachment

    $8.00

    Writ of Execution

    $8.00

    Writ of Garnishment

    $8.00

    Writ of Injunction

    $8.00

    Writ of Prohibition

    $8.00

    Writ of Sequestration

    $8.00

    Writ of Venditioni Exponas

    $8.00

    Service through the Secretary of State or Commissioner of Insurance:

    Please provide two copies of the pleading to be served.

    If done by certified mail – a check payable to the Secretary of State or Commissioner of Insurance in the amount of $55.00 must be enclosed with the service.

    If done by Travis County – citation will be issued and returned to you for forwarding to the Travis County Sheriff or Constable.
     

     

    MISCELLANEOUS FEES

    Fee

    Amt

    Adoption - CAR Fund (made payable to BVS)

    $15.00

    Bond Approval

    $4.00

    Certificate of Adoption

    $1.00

    Certification of copies

    $1.00

    Copies

    $1.00

    Cost Bill

    $5.00

    Credit Card Processing Fee  - for Costs up to $36.00

    processing fee of $1.00 will be charged

    Credit Card Processing Fee – for Costs over $36.00

    processing fee will be at the rate of 2.75%

    Deliver Order Vacating/Suspending License

    $5.00

    Foreign Judgment Notice by First Class mail (Family)

    $2.50

    Foreign Judgment Notice by certified mail (Family)

    $15.00

    Insufficient Check Fee

    $30.00

    Jury Fee

    $40.00

    Records Search

    $5.00

    Registry Administration Fee (interest bearing)

    10% of accrued interest

    Registry Administration Fee (non-interest bearing)

    5%, not to exceed $50

    ---- not applicable to family law cases ----

     

    Services for which no fee is otherwise provided

    Reasonable Fee

    Witness Fee (attached to subpoena)

    $10.00

     

    SERVICE FEES

    Process to be served by either the Denton County Sheriff or Constables is to be paid for in advance of service and may be included with the court costs.. 

    We do not accept personal checks.  If you are an attorney and you include the service fee with the filing fee check, the service of the process will be delayed for at least 21 days in order for verification your check has cleared the bank.

     

    Process Type

    Amount

    Citations (except for Citations by Certified mail)

    $75.00

    Citations by Certified Mail

    $30.00

    Summons

    $75.00

    Distress Warrants           (+$40 per officer, per hour after 2 hours)

    $150.00

    Orders

    $75.00

    Order of Sales               (+ commission)

    $150.00

    Notice

    $75.00

    Notice of Show Cause

    $75.00

    Notice of Trustee's Sale (posting)

    $75.00

    Sheriff's Deed

    $75.00

    Subpoena

    $75.00

    Subpoena Duces Tecum

    $75.00

    Civil Subpoena

    $75.00

    Deposition Subpoena

    $75.00

    Temporary Restraining Order

    $85.00

    Temporary Protective Order Notice

    $85.00

    Writ of Attachment

    $150.00

    Writ of Garnishment

    $125.00

    Writ of Execution           (+ commission)

    $150.00

    Writ of Possession         (+$40 per officer, per hour after 2 hrs)

    $150.00

    Writ of Restitution

    $125.00

    Writ of Injunction

    $150.00

    Writ of Sequestration

    $150.00

    Writ of Habeas Corpus

    $150.00

    Posting of Notices

    $75.00

     

     

     

    AUTHORITY FOR FEES

    Abbreviations:
    GC  -    Government Code
    LGC – Local Government Code
    FC -     Family Code                                                         
    CPRC – Civil Practice and Remedies Code
    BCC  - Business and Commerce Code

    Use this site to look up the actual statute/rule: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/

    Fee

    Amt

    Authority

    Comment

    Abstract

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Administrative Writ of Withholding

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 158.503

     

    Adoption - CAR Fund

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 108.006

     

    Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation)

    $10.00

    CPRC, Sec. 152.004

     

    Appellate Fee

    $5.00

    GC, Sec 22.2031(b)

     

    Bench Warrant

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Bond Approval

    $4.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318

     

    Capias

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Certificate of Adoption

    $1.00

    GC, Sec. 51.319(3)

    reasonable fee statute

    Certification of copies

    $1.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318

     

    Certified Mail Service on Citation

    $60.00

    GC, Sec. 51.319(2)

     

    Citation (of any kind)

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Citation for Foreclosure

    $46.00

    GC.Sec.  51.319(2) & 51.318(b)(2)

    Supreme Court Ruling Misc Docket 11-9251

    Clerk filing fee   (1-10 plaintiffs)

    $50.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b)

     

    Clerk filing fee  (11-25 plaintiffs)

    $75.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b-1)(1)

     

    Clerk filing fee  (26-100 plaintiffs)

    $100.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b-1)(2)

     

    Clerk filing fee (101-500 plaintiffs)

    $125.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b-1)(3)

     

    Clerk filing fee (501-1000 plaintiffs)

    $150.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b-1)(4)

     

    Clerk filing fee (Over 1000 plaintiffs)

    $200.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b-1)(5)

     

    Commission for Deposition

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Consolidated Civil Fee (new civil suits)

    $50.00

    LGC, Sec. 133.151

     

    Consolidated Civil Fee (new family law suits)

    $45.00

    LGC, Sec. 133.151

     

    Contempt Action (civil)

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b)(2)

     

    Copies,

    $1.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(7)

     

    Cost Bill

    $5.00

    GC, Sec. 51.319(3)

    reasonable fee statute

    Counterclaim

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b)(2)

     

    Court Records Preservation Fee

    $10.00

    GC, 51.708

     

    Court Reporter Service Fee (Steno fee)

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.601

     

    Credit Card Processing Fee - 5% - not to exceed

    $5.00

    LGC, Sec. 132.003

     

    Cross-action

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b)(2)

     

    Deliver Order Vacating/Suspending License

    $5.00

    FC, Sec. 132.013(b)

     

    District Clerks Records Mgmt/Preservation

    $5.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(c)(1)

     

    District Clerk Records Archive Fee

    $10.00

    GC. Sec 51.305

     

    E-Filing Fee

    $30.00

    GC. Sec 51.851 (b)

     

    Expunction Order          Postage plus

    $2.00

    CCP, Art. 102.006(3)

     $6.00

    Expunction Petition

     

    CCP, Art. 102.006(1)

    Base civil case fees

    Expunction Petition/Notice   -    Postage plus

    $1.00

    CCP, Art. 102.006(2)

    $5.00

    Family Protection Fee

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.961

     

    Foreign Judgment filing (civil/family matter)

     

    CPRC, Sec. 35.007

    Base civil/family fees

    Foreign Judgment Notice by certified mail (Family)

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.319(3)

    reasonable fee statute

    Indigent Legal Services (civil matters)

    $10.00

    LGC, Sec. 133.152(a)(2)

     

    Indigent Legal Services (family law matters)

    $5.00

    LGC, Sec. 133.152(a)(1)

     

    Insufficient Check Fee

    $30.00

    BCC, Sec. 3.506

     

    Intervention

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b)(2)

     

    Judicial Support Fee

    $42.00

    LGC, Sec. 133.154

    Eff. 12/1/2005

    Jury Fee

    $30.00

    GC, Sec. 51.604

     

    Law Library Fee

    $35.00

    LGC, Sec. 323.023

     

    Letter Rogatory

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Motion for Contempt - Family

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.002

     

    Motion for Enforcement - Family

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.002

     

    Motion for New Trial

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b)(2)

     

    Motion to Clarify

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.319(3)

    reasonable fee statute

    Motion to Modify - Family

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.002

     

    Motion to Revoke a Stay of License Suspension

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.002

     

    Motion to Transfer - Family

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.002

     

    Notice (of any kind)

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Notice of Application for Judicial Writ of Withholding

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.002

     

    Order of Sale

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Petition for Injunction of Fraudulent filing lien

    $15.00

    CPRC, Sec. 12.005

     

    Petition for License Suspension

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.002

     

    Petition for Non-Disclosure (plus new suit fee)

    $28.00

    GC, Sec 411.081(d)

     

    Precept

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Protective Order Application/Notice

    $16.00

    FC, Sec. 81.003

    not payable by applicant

    QDRO Post-Decree Petition

    $202.00

    FC, Sec. 9.102

    Base family fee

    Records Management/Preservation

    $5.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(c)(1)

     

    Records Search

    $5.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318

     

    Register child custody determination order

    $202.00

    FC, Sec. 152.305

    & CPRC, Sec. 35.007

    Register child support order

    $202.00

    FC, Sec. 159.602(b)

    & CPRC, Sec. 35.007

    Registry Administration Fee (interest bearing)

     

    LGC, Sec. 117.055

    5% not to exceed $50

    Registry Administration Fee (non-interest bearing)

     

    LGC, Sec. 117.054

    10% of interest

    Report of Divorce

    $1.00

    HSC, Sec. 194.002(e)

     

    Request to Modify or Terminate Withholding

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 158.403

     

    Scire Facias

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Security Fee (new suits)

    $5.00

    LGC, Sec. 291.008(a)

     

    Security Fee (on additional filings)

    $1.00

    LGC, Sec. 291.008(d)

     

    Services for which no fee is otherwise provided

     

    GC, Sec. 51.319(3)

    reasonable fee statute

    Show Cause Notice

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Subpoena  (and duces tecum)

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(1)

     

    Temporary Restraining Order

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Third-Party Petition

    $15.00

    GC, Sec. 51.317(b)(2)

     

    Transfer In - Family Law Case

    $45.00

    FC, Sec. 110.005

     

    Withholding Order/Writ Issuance

    $15.00

    FC, Sec. 110.004

    And FC, Sec. 158.319(c)

    Witness Fee (attached to subpoena)

    $10.00

    CPRC, Sec. 22.001

     

    Writ of Attachment

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Execution

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Garnishment

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Habeas Corpus

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Injunction

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Possession

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Prohibition

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Sequestration

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Turnover

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)

     

    Writ of Venditioni Exponas

    $8.00

    GC, Sec. 51.318(b)(2)