The Texas Public Information Act provides the public the right to request access to Montague County Sheriff’s Office records either for public inspection or to obtain copies.  Public information is defined as any information that is collected. assembled, or maintained by or for a governmental entity in connection with the transaction of official business.  The Act requires that requests for public information be submitted in writing.  Requests should be for documents that are already in existence.  The Sheriff’s Office is not required to answer questions, perform legal research, create new information, or comply with a continuing request to supply information on a periodic basis.  Please note that any request for information is considered a public record and your request may be made public.


When submitting a request for public information, please keep in mind that some information may accrue a cost to process.  Should it be determined that your request will be in excess of $40, a cost estimate will be provided to you.  The requestor can either accept the charges, modify the request, or withdraw the request.  Any requests with a charge less than $10 is subject to be relinquished.


Example Cost Estimates:

  • Standard Paper Copy:  $0.10 per page or part of page.  Each side that has recorded information is considered a page.
  • Nonstandard Copy:
    • Rewritable CD (CD-RW)—$1.00;
    • Digital video disc (DVD)—$3.00;
    • Other electronic media;
      • USB flash drive—actual cost
  • Body-Worn Camera and/or Dash Camera: $10.00 per recording responsive to the request for information; plus $1.00 per full minute of footage. (Minimum - $14)
    • The requestor must provide:
      • The date and approximate time of the recording;
      • The specific location where the recording occurred; and
      • The name of one or more persons known to be a subject of the recording.
    • ***The Sheriff’s Office may not release any portion of a recording made in a private place/space or in connection with a fine-only misdemeanor, without the written authorization from the person who is the subject of the recording, or if that person is deceased, from the person’s authorized representative.***
  • Certified Mail:  Minimum $7.90


In most cases, the Sheriff’s Office will make the records available within ten (10) business days after the date you submit your request. If the records you requested contain confidential information, the Sheriff’s Office may submit those records to the Texas Attorney General for a ruling. If this is necessary, you will be notified.


For more information about the Texas Public Information Act, please visit the Texas Attorney General's website.



Requests must be submitted in writing to the Montague County Sheriff's Office, Records Department, via online, e-mail, mail, fax or in person.

E-mail:          AAnderson@MontagueSheriff.com


Mail:             Montague County Sheriff's Office
                    Attention: Audra Anderson
                    PO Box 127
                    Montague, TX  76251


Fax:             940-894-2114


In Person:    Montague County Sheriff's Office
                    111 S. Grand Street

                    Montague, TX  76251


ONLINE OPEN RECORDS REQUEST FORM:

Please use the form below to submit your Open Records request.

*Denotes required field.

Open records requests

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Audra Anderson at 940-894-2491 or AAnderson@MontagueSheriff.com.

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