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Legal Information: Texas

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 5, 2020

How do I register my protective order in Texas?

You do not have to register your protective order1 however it might make enforcement of the order easier if you do so.  To register your protective order, you must take a certified copy to either the local Sheriff’s Department or to the Department for Public Safety office.  You may be asked to sign an affidavit stating that you believe the protective order is valid.  You should be given a certified copy of your registered order.2

If you need help registering your protection order, you can contact a local domestic violence organization in Texas for assistance.  You can find contact information for organizations in your area here on our TX Advocates and Shelters page.

1 Tex. Fam. Code § 88.004(e)
2 Tex. Fam. Code § 88.005