Chris Hollins
Harris County Clerk

All available appointments have been booked until July 13, 2020. We are not accepting online appointments at this time. For more information on future appointments, please contact our Personal Records Department at 713-274-8686. Our Office is still following social distancing guidelines and health screenings are given before entering the building. Refusals will prevent entrance.
As of March 18, the Harris County Clerk will close its main office and annex locations to the public.
The County Clerk's Office, in compliance with State and Local guidelines and the Stay Home Work Safe policy, is currently closed to the Public. We are still actively accepting mail and eFilings. You should expect a delay as we process eFilings and mail due to reduced staff. The County Clerk's Office will continue this schedule through July 1st or until any revisions are made.


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Harris County Clerk's Office Payment Options

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Cash – U.S. currency only

Checks

  • Money Orders
  • Cashier’s Checks
  • Business Checks
  • Personal Checks

Note

  • All checks and money orders should be made payable to the Harris County Clerk.
  • All checks and money orders must be drawn on a bank located in the United States.
  • All checks and money orders must be made payable in United States currency.
  • Personal Checks must have a local street address, proper identification, and supervisor approval.

Credit Cards

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • American Express

Legalease – escrow account that is set up with Frost Bank.

The mailing address is: Harris County Clerk, P.O. Box 1525, Houston, TX 77251-1525.

Do not send cash through the mail.


Checks

  • Money Orders
  • Cashier’s Checks
  • Business Checks

Note

  • All checks and money orders should be made payable to the Harris County Clerk.
  • All checks and money orders must be drawn on a bank located in the United States.
  • All checks and money orders must be made payable in United States currency.
  • No Personal Checks will be accepted through the mail.

Credit Cards

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • American Express

Note

  • There is a 4% surcharge when using credit cards with this method of payment.

Legalease – escrow account that is set up with Frost Bank.

Credit Cards

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • American Express

Note

  • There is a 4% surcharge when using credit cards with this method of payment.

Legalease – escrow account that is set up with Frost Bank.

We do not accept payments over the internet at this time.

Harris County Clerk's Biography

Chris Hollins, an attorney and fourth-generation Houstonian, was appointed as Harris County Clerk on May 19, 2020. Prior to his appointment, he was the principal attorney at Hollins Law Group PLLC, which he has stepped away from to dedicate his full attention to the residents of Harris County and the duties of this office.

Before transitioning into private practice, Chris attained a strong strategic skillset by working at some of the world’s most distinguished professional service firms. As a management consultant, he flourished in applying analytics and organizational best practices to transform public safety, defense, and security agencies. He also served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Morehouse College. Chris also completed a joint program with Yale Law School and Harvard Business School, earning both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees. Today, Chris is admitted to the State Bar of Texas and Federal Courts for the Southern District of Texas. Chris has served on numerous nonprofit boards and has been a Big Brother for over a decade. He was recently appointed by the Mayor and City Council of Houston to sit on the board of the East Downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ).

Before taking office, Chris interacted with the County Clerk’s Office often--as a small business owner, voter, homeowner, husband, and father, Chris utilized the Clerk’s Office to obtain his marriage license, his child’s birth certificate, and records for his clients. As such, Chris has made it a priority to maintain the high level of service this office provides to the people and businesses of Harris County. In addition, Chris is committed to ensuring that residents of Harris County can exercise their right to vote safely, conveniently, and with the peace of mind that their vote will be counted.

Harris County Clerk's Biography

Dr. Diane Trautman, a life-long Texan and Houstonian, was elected as Harris County Clerk on November 6, 2018 for a 4 year term. Prior to that, she was elected as an At-Large, Countywide board member on the Harris County Board of Education in 2012 for a 6 year term. While on the board, she supported federal grants that maximized local tax dollars resulting in savings for the school districts and the taxpayers. Along with the rest of the board, she was successful in reducing HCDE property taxes for the last four years of her term.

Her past work experience includes tenures as Asst. Professor of Education at both Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin State universities. She has worked as a Teacher in both Houston and Humble ISDs and a Principal in Conroe and Tomball ISDs. Prior to her work in the field of education, she worked in the banking industry at both Texas Commerce Bank (Trust Asset Management) and First City National Bank (Energy Lending).

Dr. Trautman holds a Bachelor's degree in English and a Masters degree in Secondary Education, both from the University of Houston. She also earned a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University where she received the Morphet Award for her dissertation developing a new leadership theory.

Dr. Trautman is a current member of the League of Women Voters, Women Professionals in Government, the Girl Scouts Alumni Organization, HAAM Covenant Council, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Atascocita Lutheran Church. She and her husband Tim have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Dr. Trautman has always believed that as an elected official, she should make government work for the individual, and she understands that as a public servant, she works for the people of Harris County and not the other way around.

Harris County Clerk's OfficeContact Us

Harris County Clerk

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Mailing Address

  • Chris Hollins, Harris County Clerk
  • P.O. Box 1525
  • Houston, TX 77251-1525