Closures and Operational Changes

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, several Denton County offices are experiencing changes to schedules. 

Please review the list of closures and changes below before traveling to any County office to determine if they are currently open.


Building Closures

Effective March 19th, the following Denton County buildings will be closed to walk-in public access.  A majority of departments will provide services by appointment. Please call to verify. We have encouraged the public to use our online services during this time.    

The following facilities will be closed to walk-in public access:

  • Carroll Courts Building, 401 W. Hickory St., Denton
  • Facilities, 750 S. Mayhill Road, Denton
  • District Attorney Annex Building, 1500 E. McKinney St., Denton
  • The Law Building, 121 N. Woodrow Lane, Denton
  • Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton
  • Emergency Management, 3900 Morse St., Denton
  • Denton County Historical Park, 317 Mulberry St., Denton
  • Charlie J. Cole Government Building, 210 S. Woodrow Lane, Denton
  • Sandy Jacobs Government Center, 1029 W. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton
  • Copeland Government Center, 1400 FM 424, Cross Roads
  • Frisco Government Center, 5533 FM 423, Frisco
  • Southwest Courthouse, 6200 Canyon Falls, Flower Mound
  • Precinct 3 Government Building, 400 N. Valley Parkway, Denton
  • Jim and Mary Horn Building, 1505 E. McKinney St., Denton

 The following facilities will remain open to the public:

  • Denton Courts Building, 1450 E. McKinney St., Denton
  • Elections Administration, 701 Kimberly Drive, Denton
  • Denton County Public Health, 535 S. Loop 288, Denton
  • Lee Walker Government Center, 190 N. Valley Parkway, Lewisville

Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD)

CSCD offices will be closed Thursday, March 26, 2020 and Friday, March 27, 2020. 

The Denton office at 650 S. Mayhill will be the only office to reopen Monday, March 30, 2020 with the hours from 8:00am-5:00pm. UA’s will only be conducted in the Denton office from 8:00am-11:45am & 1:00pm-4:45pm.


Constables

Precinct 3

Effective March 18, 2020, The Precinct 3 Constable’s office will be suspending in-office services to the public unless made by appointment. It is our hope that this will help limit unnecessary interactions while continuing to aid in the fight against COVID-19. This will be in effect through March 31, 2020 per County requirements for public facilities. This schedule is subject to change.

For questions, please call 972-434-4770.

Precinct 4

Effective immediately, access to the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office is restricted to administrative staff, deputies, essential county employees outside of the constable’s office and subcontractors such as custodians until the Disaster Declaration issued by Denton County Judge Andy Eads is either rescinded or altered. This directive is being issued for the health, safety and welfare of staff, deputies, county employees and the general public


County Clerk

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Denton County Clerk’s office has temporarily suspended all walk-in services.  This includes Recording and Vitals services at all six locations.  Mail-in requests and electronic requests are being processed as usual. 

Birth and Death Certificates

Due to the temporary suspension of all walk-in services, requests for copies of birth or death records must be submitted by mail only.  Please see the following steps to proceed by mail.
  • Download the following application to request the record.
  • You must complete Page 1 (application), Page 2 (Notarized Proof of Identification), and Page 3 or Page 4 (dependent upon method of payment you prefer).
  • Mail completed documents along with a photocopy of your ID to the following address:
  • Denton County Clerk
    Attn: Vital Records
    1450 E. McKinney St.
    Denton, TX 76209

For any additional questions, please call 940-349-2018.

Attention Funeral Directors: Requests for Burial Transit Permits must either be submitted via TxEver or emailed to stacy.trantham@dentoncounty.com. If submitting your request via email, you must attach the Facts of Death and a Cremation Authorization (if applicable).  Do not fax your request for a BTP. Staff will not be physically present in the office to process requests received via fax.

Assumed Names (DBAs)

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, Denton County Clerk staff will not be permitted to enter county offices.  You may still submit requests to record Assumed Names by mail, but please be aware of the potential for delays in processing times.

Due to the temporary suspension of all walk-in services, Assumed Names must be submitted for recording by mail only. Please see the following steps to proceed by mail.

Mail to:
Denton County Clerk
Attn: Recording
1450 E. McKinney St.
Denton, TX 76209

For any additional questions, please call 940-349-2010.

Foreclosures

Foreclosure Posting Procedure: Effective Wednesday, March 26, 2020 

Marriage Licenses

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 Denton County Clerk staff will not be permitted to enter county offices.  Unfortunately, the ability to issue Marriage Licenses has been temporarily suspended in Denton County.  This service will resume once Denton County offices are able to re-open to the public.

Passports

To limit possible exposure and transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the Denton County Clerk’s office will temporarily suspend passport services effective 5:00 PM, Friday, March 13, 2020.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but must first prioritize the health and well-being of the public we serve.  We anticipate restarting passport services April 6, 2020, however this is subject to change.  Please check the website for updates.

Recording

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 Denton County Clerk staff will not be permitted to enter county offices.  However, staff will have the ability to continue processing Real Property documents for recording that are submitted via Electronic Submission.  Please see the list below for the Denton County Clerk’s eRecording partners.

Documents submitted electronically will be processed same day.  The recording cut-off time will remain 4:30pm daily for electronic submissions.

Real Property documents submitted by mail:  These documents will still be processed.  However, documents delivered to the County Clerk’s office on or after March 26, 2020 will experience a delay in processing times. 

Plat recordings cannot be accepted at this time. Plat recordings will only be able to resume once county offices re-open to the public

County Courts

Denton County Courts at Law Second Amended Joint Statement Regarding Health and Safety Concerns (PDF)

Juvenile Court

WEDNESDAY MARCH 18, 2020: If you have a fee hearing set in Juvenile Court (County Court at Law Number One) on March 18, 2020, do not come to court on that day.  Your hearing has been reset to May 27, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.

At this time, detention hearings will continue as scheduled.

For all other cancellations/re‐settings, please contact the Respondent’s attorney to get the new court date.

MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020: If you have a hearing set March 23 at 1:30 p.m. in Juvenile Court (County Court at Law Number One), do NOT come to court on March 23. Your hearing has been reset to April 29, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.

In-Person Payments for Juvenile Court

Until further notice, the clerk’s office is not accepting in-person payments. Court costs and attorney’s fees can be mailed in or dropped in the clerk’s drop box at the main court house on McKinney Street.  See picture.

Form of Payment:  Money order, cashier’s check, attorney business check.

Mailing Address:  210 South Woodrow Lane, Denton, TX 76205

Temporary Order for Juvenile Filings and Requests for Copies Adobe Acrobat Reader

Indigent Defense Temporary Order Issued Adobe Acrobat Reader

Meeting with kids in detention via phone is highly preferred Adobe Acrobat Reader

County Criminal Court  1

March 30, 2020: The majority of the hearings scheduled for March 30, 2020 @ 8:30 am in Denton County Criminal Court Number One are being reset. Do NOT come to the court if your case has been reset. Notices of new court dates for May 2020 will be sent electronically to the attorneys of record and bond companies, and by mail to the Defendants at the last address provided to the Court. Court dates will also be posted on the Denton County website at http://justice1.dentoncounty.com/PublicAccess/Search.aspx?ID=100.

Attorneys needing to schedule a plea during March or April, 2020, please contact the Court Administrator by email at Sharon.stuckly@dentoncounty.com

County Criminal Court 2

March 16 – 31, 2020: All hearings scheduled for March 16 – 31, 2020 in Denton County Criminal Court Number Two are being reset. Do NOT come to the court. Notices of new court dates will be sent electronically to the attorneys of record and bond companies, and by mail to the Defendants at the last address provided to the Court. Court dates will also be posted on the Denton County website at http://justice1.dentoncounty.com/PublicAccess/Search.aspx?ID=100.

Attorneys needing to schedule a plea during March, 2020, please contact the Court Administrator by email at margaret.ceballos@dentoncounty.com.


District Clerk 

Effective at 4:00 P.M. March 18, 2020, the Denton County District Clerk’s Office will temporarily suspend all walk-in services. This includes all walk-in services provided by civil, family, criminal and jury departments.

This decision was not made lightly and is in the best interest of both the public we serve and the District Clerk’s Office employees.

We will maintain our normal business hours. Our hard working staff will continue working all mailed or electronically filed case documents, issuance requests for District Court cases, orders issued by the District Courts, and all mailed or emailed records requests.

General case information is available to the public at all times online at: http://justice1.dentoncounty.com

Read the full press release for more information.



Grand Jury Services

As a precautionary measure related to COVID-19, grand jury service has been cancelled for ALL jurors summoned to report on Thursday, April 2, 2020. You are no longer required to appear or do anything further.


Jury Services

As a precautionary measure related to COVID-19, jury service has been cancelled for ALL jurors summoned to report on any Monday and Tuesday dates in March and April, 2020. You are no longer required to appear or do anything further.



Law Library 

The Law Library is temporarily closed. Due dates for borrowed materials will automatically be extended and can be returned when the Library reopens. 

See the attached flyer for more information.


Office of History and Culture

Out of an abundance of concern for the health and safety of all visitors, volunteers and staff due to COVID-19, the Courthouse-On-the-Square Museum and Denton County Historical Park will be closed March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020. 

 As always, we appreciate your continued support in preserving and sharing Denton County’s history and culture. 


Public Health

DCPH in both Denton and Lewisville has modified hours and will only be open 8 AM – 5 PM until further notice.  DCPH will remain closed from 12 PM – 1 PM for lunch.

Denton County Public Health will temporarily close our immunization clinic as a part of DCPH’s COVID-19 response, beginning Wednesday, March 18th. DCPH immunization clinics will remain closed until further notice.

All HIV prevention activities are cancelled until further notice.  Community members can still take advantage of HIV/STD testing services by contacting 940-349-2578 to schedule a testing appointment.

All DCPH diabetes classes and support groups are cancelled until further notice.

Due to updated CDC recommendations for COVID-19, DCPH will reschedule the Denton County Dash 5k for a later date.

Indigent Care will continue operations through telephonic eligibility screening. No person-to-person client visits will take place until further notice.

Denton County WIC has modified hours and will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 5 PM.  WIC will continue operations through telephonic services. WIC clients are encouraged to call the clinic for further information.


Public Works - Planning

Public Works is only accepting permits via email or mail.
We will continue to work existing permits and those received; and if needed, will accept appointments for these.

The Household Hazardous Waste Events scheduled for Lantana and Oak Point have been canceled.


Tax Assessor/Collector

In an effort to maximize our contribution to the health and safety our employees, the public, and to ensure compliance with Denton County’s Stay at Home Order:

Effective 5:00 PM March 24, the Denton County Tax Office will suspend ALL services. This will be true for all six Tax Office locations.

  1. All constituents can utilize all online resources for information, questions, payment of property taxes, and motor vehicle registration renewals.
  2. The Office of the Governor and DMV have relaxed rules regarding registration and title transactions, including the temporary removal of late fees and penalties on transactions that cannot be conducted online.

The Denton County Tax Office is committed to serving the public while protecting the safety and wellbeing of our staff and constituents.


Texas A&M AgrliLife Extension

The Denton County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office will be closed until further notice. If you have questions, please call 940-349-2882.