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 The County Clerk serves as record keeper for all Official Public Records which includes Real Property, Vital Statistics, Civil, Probate, and Criminal Misdemeanor records.  The Clerk's office is also responsible for recording all documents for County Court, Commissioners Court, and the three County Courts at Law.  The County Clerk is the Local Registrar for Smith County providing Birth and Death Records when the event occurred outside the city limits of Tyler.

In "Striving for Excellence" in everything we do, this office has set our standards high with an emphasis on:

    • Teamwork 
    • Professional Conduct
    • Concern for Others
    • Excellence in Service
    • Positive Attitude
    • Honesty and Integrity

If our office can be of assistance in any way please call 903-590-4670.


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Need help with Legal matters? Click on the below link to view the Office of Court Administration's web page for information -

Click HERE for Smith County's Self-Help Resources


Per SB 1705 signed by the Texas Legislature May 4, 2017:

Sec. 2.003, Family Code is amended to read as follows:

APPLICATION FOR LICENSE BY MINOR. (a)A person under 18 years of age may not marry unless the person has been granted by this state or another state a court order removing the disabilities of minority of the person for general purposes.

Effective September 1, 2017



Per the Court of Criminal Appeals Order - Misc Docket No. 16-003 signed June 30, 2016:

"E-filing will be mandatory in criminal cases in the district courts, statutory county courts and constitutional county courts according to the following implementation schedule based upon the counties’ 2010 Federal Census population:

 b. Courts in counties with a population of 200,000 to 499,999 — January 1, 2018  (Smith County’s 2010 Census was 209,714).

Click  HERE  to  view the mandate.

For more information please visit


Karen Phillips,
County Clerk for Smith County
Additional Links provided for your information:
BASEMENT (LOWER LEVEL): Official Public Records, Assumed Names and Cattle Brands
THIRD FLOOR: Criminal, Civil, Probate, Bookkeeping, and Vital Statistics

Address: 200 E. Ferguson Suite 300   Tyler, Texas 75702
Phone: (903) 590-4670    Fax: (903) 590-4689

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. M - F *
* Office hours changed to allow time for deputy clerks to close and reconcile their registers.

Chief Deputy Clerk (903) 590-4671
Bookkeeping (903) 590-4693
Civil Division (903) 590-4673
Criminal Division (903) 590-4681
Probate Division (903) 590-4677
Real Property Records Room (903) 590-4692
Vital Statistics (903) 590-4698
Civil Division:
The Civil Division records information on all Civil cases filed in the County Courts at Law. The Clerk's responsibilities include receiving the filings for civil cases, preparing notices and citations, and maintaining records associated with the cases including debt, breach of contract, garnishments, temporary restraining orders, injunctions, automotive/personal injury cases and eminent domain cases, as well as related post-judgment actions.
Criminal Division:
The Criminal Division records information on all misdemeanor and some felony offenses. It also provides administrative support to the county courts through the issuance of warrants, summons, subpoenas, commitments, etc.
Probate Division:
The Probate Division keeps records for the county court. The office issues citations, notices, letters of testamentary, letters of guardianship, letters of administration and other documents as required by law or requested by customers. The probate court hears cases concerning the probation of wills, administration of estates, mental health commitments, guardianships, etc.
Official Public Records:
The Official Public Records division preserves all documents pertaining to real property records. This includes deeds, tax liens, affidavits, leases, etc. This department also records Cattle Brands , and Assumed Name records

All Land Records and Assumed Names will be filed on the Lower Level of the Ferguson Building located at 200 E. Ferguson.

Vital Statistics:
The Vital Statistics Department issues and maintains Marriage licenses and records Military Discharge records. This department is also a local registrar for Birth certificates, and Death records The County Clerk’s Office is designated as a Remote Birth Access site that is linked to Department of State Health Services/Texas Vital Statistics birth database. This allows you to get a birth certificate from where you live, instead of being limited to the state office or the vital records office in the county where the birth took place.
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