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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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Reporting Sheriffs' and Constables' Fees

Overview

Each county commissioner's court must set fees for civil services by its sheriffs and constables and report them to the Comptroller's office. (See Local Government Code 118.131(f).) These fees do not apply to criminal cases.

Every year, this data is published by the Comptroller's office in the Sheriffs' and Constables' Fees lookup tool, as well as in the Sheriffs' and Constables' Fees Dashboard.

Reporting

The three-month annual reporting period for sheriffs’ and constables’ fees begins on July 15 and closes on October 15. Counties may edit their report any time during this period.

The county is responsible for filing a report even if the county has not changed fees.

The reporting period is currently closed.

Reporting Deadlines

Changes to your Sheriffs’ and Constables’ Fees for 2021 must be submitted to the Comptroller’s office no later than Oct. 15, 2020.

To meet this deadline and to comply with the law, you must:

  • place this item on your commissioners court meeting agenda
  • adopt the fees before Oct. 1, 2020.

New fees will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. Failure to meet this deadline will result in 2020 fees remaining in effect throughout 2021.

Before December 15 of each year, the Comptroller’s office compiles the information provided by counties and sends the data to:

  • the commissioners’ court of each county in Texas;
  • any statewide association of counties or officers of counties that have requested the information – in writing – before Dec. 15, 2020;
  • the State Bar of Texas.

Reporting FAQ

Who must report sheriffs’ and constables’ fee information?

Each county commissioner's court must report their fees, and any fee changes, to the Comptroller.

How is the report submitted?
All reporting is completed through the Comptroller's eSystems, a secure online portal for a variety of online transactions.

Each year, each Texas county commissioner's court is emailed an instruction letter with a unique access code for eSystems.

If you have not received your code by July 15, please contact us.

Reporting Instructions

  1. To report your 2021 fees, go to the Sheriffs' and Constables' Fees reporting tool.
  2. Enter the access code listed on your instruction email and click Submit.
    You will see a list of the current fees for your county.
    1. If there are no changes:
      1. Select Submit With No Fee
    2. If the commissioners court adopted changes on or before Oct. 1: 2020
      1. Select Submit With Fee
      2. Change or add any fees your county may have adopted for 2021. Use the toolbar located above the list of fees to add new fees or change the contact information for the report.
    3. When all changes have been completed, click Submit at the bottom of the page.
When must a county submit its sheriffs’ and constables’ fee information?

Reports and updates should be reported to the Comptroller's office between July 15 and October 15 of each year.

Note: Neither reports nor updates may be submitted outside of the reporting period.

Is there a penalty for noncompliance?

There are no penalties for noncompliance. However, failure to meet the October 15 reporting deadline will result in 2020 fees remaining in effect throughout 2021. Please be aware that even if the county has not changed fees, the county is still responsible for reporting that information to the Comptroller’s office.


Questions

If you have any questions regarding sheriffs’ and constables’ fee reporting or the sheriffs’ and constables’ fee database, please email us or call 844-519-5676.

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