Denton County offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day
 
 

Filing Fees/Court Costs 

Civil Original Suits

Base Filing Fee effective 9/1/2017

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

Judicial and Court Personnel Training

$5.00

Total Base Filing Fee

$287.00


* 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)

$237.00

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

$287.00

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

$287.00

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

$287.00

Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus (pre-indictment)

$0.00

Fraudulent Lien, Claim or Court Record Action

$0.00

Declaratory Judgment

$287.00

Register Foreign Judgment/Order – base fee

$287.00

Accounts, contracts, notes

$287.00

Damages

$287.00

Partition Suit

$287.00

Worker’s Compensation

$287.00

Severed Action – payable by Movant – base fee

$287.00

Seizure and Forfeiture Cases – base fee

$287.00

Bond Forfeiture (Judgment Nisi) – base fee

$287.00

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

$222.00

Petition for Non-Disclosure – base fee + $28.00

$315.00

Expunction

** Base fee

** For each notice/petition mailed

** For each final order mailed

 

$287.00

$5.00

$6.00

Occupational Driver’s License – base fee

$287.00

Any other civil case not listed above

$287.00

       

Civil Motions and Other Actions

Counterclaim $81.00
Cross-Action $81.00
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 $51.00
Motion to Modify $36.00
Interpleader $81.00
Intervention $81.00
Third Party Petition $81.00
Application for Turnover $41.00

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, Judicial and Court Personnel Training fee of $5 and the E-filing fee of $30 for a total of $81.00

 

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

Judicial and Court Personnel Training

$5.00

Total Base Filing Fee

$278.00

                                      

 

Divorces * Annulments * Void Marriage

 

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

$294.00

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

$302.00

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

$310.00

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

$318.00

Adult – Adoptions ** Base Fee + State Report

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

$278.00

$293.00

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

$278.00

Protective Orders (paid by Respondent upon court order)

** Base fee + Protective Order Fee

$293.00

Name Change – base fee + certification

$278.00

Case transferred to Denton County

$45.00

Register Foreign Judgment/Decree/Order – base fee

$278.00

UIFSA – base fee

$278.00

Severed Action – base fee

$278.00

Removal of Disabilities – base fee

$278.00

QDRO Post-Decree Petition/Action

$278.00


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
Motion to Revoke a Stay of License Suspension $20.00
Motion for Contempt $30.00
Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus $35.00
Each action above is $15. Additional fees are the Indigent Legal
Services fee of $5, Records Archive fee of $5
and Judicial and Court Personnel Training fee of $5
Counterclaim $76.00
Cross-Action $76.00
Motion for New Trial, Motion to Reinstate and Motion to Vacate $46.00
Intervention $76.00
Third Party Petition $76.00
Interpleader $76.00
Each action above is $15. Additional fees are the Indigent Legal Services fee of $5, DC -Records Management and Preservation fee of $5, District Court Records Archive fee $10, Security fee of $1, Records Management and Preservation fee of $5, Judicial and Court Personnel Training fee of $5 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

Show Cause 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

Amount

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 (+$50 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

Permanent Injunction  $100.00
Tax Warrant $150.00

Temporary Restraining Order

$85.00

Temporary Protective Order Notice

$125.00

Writ of Attachment

$150.00

Writ of Garnishment

$125.00

Writ of Execution (+ commission)

$150.00

Writ of Possession (+$50 per officer, per hour after 2 hrs)

$150.00

Writ of Restitution

$150.00

Writ of Restoration $150.00

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

 

Fee

Amount

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

$30.00

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 and Court Personnel Training

$5.00

GC, Sec. 51.971

Eff. 9.1.2017

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)