County Clerk FAQ'S

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Miscellaneous
Where do I pay my taxes?

Taxes are paid in the Tax Assessor-Collector's Office

Where are divorces filed?

Divorces are filed in the District Clerk's Office.

Can you tell me who the owner of piece of property is?

No, the County Clerk's Office does not keep up with ownership of property.  You can contact the Tax Assessor-Collector or the Orange County Appraisal District to find out who the tax payer is.  The Orange County Appraisal District has a website that allows you to search property online. 

How do I start a business? Don't I need a business license from your office?

The only aspect regarding businesses that the County Clerk handles is filing the Assumed Business Name (registering your business name with the County).  The Assumed Business Name Forms can be found on our forms page.  Beyond that, we don't know what else you need to do regarding starting a new business.  The County Clerk does not issue business licenses or permits. 

General Recording
What are your requirements for recording a document in the Official Public Records of Real Property?
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  • Your document must be the original or a certified copy.
  • There must be a title at the top.
  • If it’s a Deed, the grantee’s address must be listed.
  • If it’s a Deed of Trust, the trustee or beneficiary’s address must be listed.
  • The signatures must be original.
  • There must be an original notary acknowledgment.
  • The property must be located in Orange County.
  • We do not require any extra space at the top or bottom for filing info.
  • The fee is $26.00 for the first page and $4.00 for each additional page.
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How can I get a copy of my deed?

Please have as much of the following information as possible when requesting a copy to speed up processing: grantee’s name, grantor’s name, file date and physical address (if applicable).  Copies are $1.00 per page.  If you need a certified copy, add $5.00 per document to that fee. To find out the exact cost of the copy, please call or e-mail us. We must have payment in advance in order to make a copy.

When should I renew my brand?

Marks and brands must be renewed every 10 years regardless of when you initially apply for them.  Everyone has to renew at the same time. The next renewal period will begin September 1, 2021. The filing fee for a brand is $26.00. 

Birth Certificates, Death Certificates & Marriage Licenses
How do I get a copy of a Birth or Death Certificate?

See the Birth Certificate and Death Certificate pages for more information.

You may also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services web site to obtain a death certificate online at this address: https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/ 

What are the requirements for obtaining a Marriage License?

See the Marriage License page for more information.

How do we obtain a Declaration of Informal Marriage?

See the Marriage License page for more information.

How do I get a copy of a Marriage License?

See the Marriage License page for more information.

Civil, Probate & Criminal
What is the jurisdiction for filing a Civil suit in your court?

County Court at Law hears Civil cases that are worth $500 through $200,000. 

I need to reset my hearing or court date, can you do that for me?

No, you need to contact the Court Coordinator in the Judge's office.

Can I get a Criminal background check on myself or someone else?

Our office handles Misdemeanor Criminal cases and these files are open to the public.  This means you may obtain a background check on yourself or someone else. There is a $5.00 charge per name searched in our database. 

How do I get a copy of a Civil, Probate or Criminal case?

You may come into our office to obtain a copy or mail a request.  Please have as much of the following information as possible when requesting a copy to speed up processing: style of the case, case number and file date. Copies are $1.00 per page. If you need a certified copy, add $5.00 per case to that fee.  You may download and print copies of case filings.

Can I get a copy of someone’s Will even if I’m not a relative?

Yes. Wills are a part of the Probate records, which are open to the public. You do not need to be a relative nor an interested party to obtain a copy.  Copies are $1.00 per page.  If you need a certified copy, add $5.00 per document to that fee.  You may download and print copies of Probate filings

801 W. Division
Orange,
TX
77630
Fax: 409-882-7012

Monday - Friday
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