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Legal Information: Texas

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Updated: 
November 5, 2020

Do I need anything special to get my protective order enforced in another state?

In some states, you will need a certified copy of your protective order.  A certified copy says that it is a “true and correct” copy; it is signed and initialed by the clerk of court that gave you the order, and usually has some kind of court stamp on it.

If the original copy you received is not a certified copy, you would need to go to the courthouse where your protective order was issued and request one from the district clerk.  There should be no fee for this service but you may want to call the courthouse to be sure.  See our TX Courthouse Locations page for courthouse contact information.