Public Information Requests
The State Office of Administrative Hearings is committed to providing full access to public information.
Unlike judicial courts, SOAH is an executive branch state agency that is expressly subject to the Texas Public Information Act (PIA), Texas Government Code Chapter 552. Therefore, SOAH is required to process all requests for administrative case records, hearing recordings, or other information according to that law.
All requests are required to be treated uniformly without regard to the status of the requestor, including requestors who are parties or representatives in cases at SOAH.
SOAH Case Records Available Online
Case records for most general docket hearings at SOAH are now publicly available online through re:SearchTX, the electronic court records system hosted by the State of Texas through the Office of Court Administration.
Records that are not accessible through re:SearchTX include:
Case records filed at SOAH prior to March 3, 2020*
Administrative Driver's License cases referred by the Texas Department of Public Safety
Records of special education due process proceedings referred by the Texas Education Agency
Confidential cases and documents. In accordance with applicable confidentiality laws, some information in SOAH case records may be redacted and confidential cases or records may be accessible only to certain authorized users of re:SearchTX. You may view or download a listing of confidential case types and information at SOAH on our website.
For more information on how to search SOAH case records online using the re:SearchTX system, please see SOAH's re:SearchTX at SOAH FAQs.
*To obtain copies of case records filed prior to March 2, 2020 that are not available in re:SearchTX, you may submit a Public Information Request.
How to Submit a Public Information Request
To request records under the Texas Public Information Act:
You must submit your request in writing by United States Postal Mail or email to the mailing address or email address designated below in accordance with section 552.234 of the Texas Government Code.
Please include your name, address, or other contact information, and a clear description of the records you are requesting.
Send your request by email or United States Postal Mail to:
Public Information Coordinator
State Office of Administrative Hearings
P.O. Box 13025
Austin, Texas 78711-3025
You will be notified in writing if there are costs associated with your records request. The Office of the Attorney General sets what a state agency may charge for information. For questions about the Public Information Act, please consult the Texas Office of Attorney General, Open Records Division.
Tips to Request Information
Your request must be in writing by one of the designated methods. Only written requests submitted to the designated email address or mailing address trigger obligations under the Public Information Act.
Your request should be for documents or other information already in existence. Governmental bodies are not required to answer questions, perform legal research, or comply with a continuing request to supply information on a periodic basis when such information is prepared in the future.
Be as specific as possible in your request and include a timeframe when appropriate.
Requests made by email must be addressed to the Public Information Coordinator to trigger an obligation under the Public Information Act.