How to Do a Title Search in Texas

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Each county clerk's office in the state of Texas keeps electronic public records that include real property transactions, deeds, titles, tax liens and other pertinent information. If you need to do a title search you can click through to the appropriate office through the official state website, and the Texas State Library also provides the necessary information and links to conduct a title search.

Searching at Your County Clerk's Office

Not all records are available online, so for a truly thorough search you'll need to go to the appropriate county clerk's office. If you don't already know where that is, look up a list of county clerk offices on the website. The list is available on the Secretary of State's page, or from the main page touch or swipe the "Find It" tab at the right of the page and type in the name of the county. Before you drive over to the office, make sure that you have at least one or all of the following descriptions that apply to your title search: a property address, subdivision, block or lot number.

Searching Online

Each county has its own website, and some offer the option of searching online rather than going to the office in person. Type the name of the county into your favorite search engine, and then the phrase "official website." Click through to find the site, then look for the section dealing with property records, The actual phrasing and menu options will vary between counties, so you might need to try multiple menus or the site's Search function to locate its records search page. Once you've found it, type your property information into the blank fields provided on the public record search. If the records are digitized and available online, they should turn up. If you get no results your property's records are probably stored in an older, non-electronic form such as microfiche or paper. In that case, you'll need to contact the county clerk's office in person.



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