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DISTRICT CLERK: Linda Svrcek 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Mailing Address:              151 N. Washington St., Rm. 102
                                   
La Grange, Texas 78945

Phone Number:               979/968-3548
Fax Number:
                  979/968-2618
Email:
                             linda.svrcek@co.fayette.tx.us 

Office Hours:                   Monday-Friday 8AM – 12noon, 1PM-5PM
                                     (Closed from 12noon – 1PM)



JURISDICTION:

Fayette County belongs to the 155th Judicial District Court and the 3rd Court of Appeals.

The 155th Judicial District is comprised of Austin County and Fayette County. (Waller County had previously been a part of the 155th Judicial District, but they were removed as of January 1st 2014.)




WHAT OUR OFFICE PERFORMS:

The District Clerk’s Office offers the following services to the citizens of Fayette County:

-          Filing and maintaining Civil Suits

-          Filing and maintaining Felony Criminal Suits

-          Filing and maintaining Tax Suits

-          Filing and maintaining Condemnation Suits

-          Filing and maintaining Attorney General Suits

-          Filing and maintaining Juvenile Suits

-          Accepting Passport Applications

-          Maintaining the Naturalization and Immigration Index and Records

We do not have any records online for the public to view.

We do have a computer portal in our office for use by the public. It only displays cases open to the public.

 


 

FORMS OF PAYMENT:

 

·         We accept CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER as forms of payment.

·         We DO NOT accept credit cards of any type, however, we do accept credit cards through our e-Filing service provider, e-FileTexas.





FILING FEE SCHEDULE:

                Base Filing Fees:

    Civil Cases: $242.00

                Divorce Cases: $238.00 (Add: $3.00 for Waiver of Citation)

                Adoption: $238.00

                Parent-Child Relationship: $238.00

                Name Change: $237.00

                Family-Protective Orders: $253.00 (to be assessed against Respondent)

                Occupational Driver’s License: $242.00

                Expunction: $242.00 (Add: $8.00 per Agency to be notified)

                Non-Disclosure: $270.00

                Tax Suits: $197.00

                Condemnation Cases: $242.00

                The following actions are assessed at $75.00 for a Civil Case and $70.00 for a Family Case:

                Intervention

                3rd Party Petition

                Cross-Action

                Counterclaim

                Motion for New Trial

                Motion for Contempt

                Motion to Modify

                Motion for Enforcement

                Motion to Transfer

                Issuance and Service:

                Citation Issuance: $8.00

                In-County Service by Fayette Co. Sheriff: $100.00

                Service by Certified Mail: $100.00

                Misc. Fees:

                Jury Fee: $30.00

                Order of Writ of Withholding: $25.00

                Abstract of Judgment: $8.00

                Issuance of Subpoena: $8.00

                Writs (Garnishment, Execution, Sequestration, Etc.): $8.00

                Warrant of Arrest: $8.00

                Filing and Approving Bond: $4.00

                Service Through Secretary of State or Commissioner of Insurance
                (Each Service (1 Original + 2 Copies with Petition Attached + Service Fee)): $60.00

                Trust Fund Investment Fee (10% of Interest; If no interest, 1% of amount)
                Not to Exceed: $50.00

                Record Search for Each Party/Name: $5.00

                Insufficient Check: $25.00

                Copies (Non-Certified, Per Page): $1.00

                Certified Copy (# of pages + $2.00 Certification Fee per document)



WEBSITES:

155th Judicial District Court: http://www.155discttx.com/ (local rules can be found on this website)

3rd Court of Appeals: http://www.3rdcoa.courts.state.tx.us/

Office of the Attorney General/Child Support Division: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cs/index.shtml

Fayette County, Texas Website: http://www.co.fayette.tx.us/

Fayette County Appraisal District: http://www.fayettecad.org/

e-FileTexas Website: http://efiletexas.gov/

Passport Information: http://www.travel.state.gov/





WE ACCEPT E-FILING!

e-Filing Instructions:

-  When e-Filing, please do not send any documents as “Attachments”; please send them as “Lead Documents”.

        o   This includes Civil Case Information Sheets and Proposed Orders.

-  Any e-Files that include “Attachments” will be rejected due to an error it creates in our computer system.

-  For Exhibits, please scan/run the exhibit(s) behind the motion – so that it will all be one document.

-  If your clients is already listed as a party, do not add them a second time.

-  Please make sure you have all the correct optional services selected.

-  The e-Filing Service Provider (EFSP) we use is e-FileTexas. If you are using a service provider other than e-FileTexas and call us for assistance, we will do our best to help you but we cannot guarantee that we will fully understand the procedures of the other service provider.

 




PASSPORT INFORMATION:
 

We accept walk-in passport applications Monday - Friday from 8 AM – 11:30 AM and from 1PM – 4:30 PM. 

Applications are available in our office or online at www.travel.state.gov 

We highly recommend that all applicants call our office to confirm that you have all the proper documents and fees. 

Each applicant must be present when submitting their application – including children. 

Children age 15 must be accompanied by both parents who will both sign the application.

Children age 16 and 17 must be accompanied by one parent who will sign the application along with the child.

Validity:

  • Adult passports (age 16 and up) are good for 10 years.
  • Children’s passports (age 15 and below) are good for 5 years.
Processing Time:
The turn-around time for receiving your passport varies throughout the year. We highly recommend you apply for your passport as soon as possible once you know you will be traveling.

Types of Passports:

Book:   
May be used by US citizens to travel by any means to any international travel destination. 

Card:    
May be used by US Citizens to re-enter the US at land border-crossings by vehicle and sea ports-of-entry
by ship when arriving from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda only. You CANNOT fly with the card.

Fees:

  • Please note that we are no longer allowed to accept cash as payment to the U.S. Department of State. We are only allowed to accept personal checks or money orders as payment to the U.S. Department of State. The $25.00 acceptance fee for the Fayette County District Clerk’s Office can be paid with cash, check or money order. It is recommended that all applicants call our office to confirm that they have the correct amount of payment.


Adult Book (Age 16 and older) - $135.00 total

        $110.00 - Make check or money order payable to: U.S. Department of State

        $25.00 – Cash or make check/money order payable to: Fayette County District Clerk  
       

Child Book (Age 15 and under) - $105.00 total

        $80.00 - Make check or money order payable to: U.S. Department of State

        $25.00 – Cash or check/money order payable to: Fayette County District Clerk

Adult Card (Age 16 and older) - $55.00 total

        $30.00 - Make check or money order payable to: U.S. Department of State

        $25.00 – Cash or check/money order payable to: Fayette County District Clerk
 

Child Card (Age 15 and under) - $40.00 total

        $15.00 - Make check or money order payable to: U.S. Department of State

        $25.00 – Cash or check/money order payable to: Fayette County District Clerk

*Expedite Fee: If faster processing is required, you may request expedited service for $60.00. The $60.00 fee should be added to the check made out to the U.S. Department of State.

*Please call our office for information on Overnight Delivery Fees.


Renewals:

  • Passport Renewals cannot be submitted through our office. They must be submitted by the applicant through the Post Office.
  • Passport Renewal Applications (DS-82) are available in our office or you can visit www.travel.state.gov

 What to Bring:

  • APPLICATION(S):
    • DS-11 Application (Primary application needed)
    • Any additional applications that may be needed – call our office or refer to www.travel.state.gov for more information
  • CITIZENSHIP EVIDENCE: Certified Copy of Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, OR
    • Please make sure it is the long form (full page). The short form (half page) is often rejected.
    • It will get sent with your application, but it will be mailed back to you.
  • IDENTIFICATION: Driver’s License,
  • One 2” X 2” passport photo (Wal-Mart Photo-Center in La Grange, Hengst Printing, Walgreens)
  • Payment in the form of check or money order for U.S. Department of State
  • Payment in the form of cash, check, or money order for our office
  • Any additional documents that may be needed – Court Orders, additional forms for parental consent, name change, etc.

  

Please do not hesitate to call our office before you visit if you have any questions concerning your passport application process.

                        

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