Municipal Court of Record
The Municipal Court is now open to the public. All persons entering the courtroom will be subject to a mandatory screening.
If you have:
- fever - temperature equals or exceeds 100.0°F (non-contact infrared thermometer will be used);
- shortness of breath;
- difficulty breathing; or
- have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19
you will be refused admittance to the courtroom.
Each person entering the building is required to wear a face covering.
Social distancing of 6 feet is required at all times for those who are not members of the same household.
NOTICE TO VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
INDIVIDUALS IN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS* SHALL CONTACT THE COURT AND IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS A VULNERABLE INDIVIDUAL AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO ANY APPEARANCE DATE AND/OR HEARING DATE AT THE COURT TELEPHONE NUMBER OR EMAIL ADDRESS LISTED ABOVE TO HAVE THEIR APPEARANCE RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE OR SCHEDULED REMOTELY VIA TELEPHONE.
*Individuals who are over age 65 and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy are considered to be vulnerable populations.
Due to a reduced occupancy in the courtroom and lobby, we encourage you to continue to submit your payments and alternative disposition requests via mail, phone, or online when possible. The court staff is available during regular business hours to answer your questions. Please contact the court and provide your current mailing address, phone number, and email address.
Payments can be submitted at municipalonlinepayments.com/galvestontx or by calling 1-800-530-8084.
In some cases, driver safety course requests, deferred dispositions, and extension requests can be made online. Please visit municipalonlinepayments.com/galvestontx to review your options.
Payments or any other request can also be sent via mail, postmarked by the given due date on your citation, to Galveston Municipal Court, P.O. Box 17252, Galveston, TX 77552.
Please email your notice of contest to firstname.lastname@example.org by the given due date on your citation and include your citation number, full name, mailing address, and telephone number and your case will be scheduled for a pretrial hearing. Your notice may also be provided via mail, postmarked by the given due date on your citation, to Galveston Municipal Court, P.O. Box 17252, Galveston, TX 77552.
To provide those we serve with high quality customer service that is effective, efficient, and delivered in a professional environment, while accomplishing the duties incumbent upon it by the Galveston City Charter and the laws of the State of Texas. Providing quality services, thereby earning and maintaining the public’s respect, confidence, and satisfaction.
The Municipal Court is responsible for providing assistance during each session of the court, maintaining and preparing all of the municipal dockets, recording the disposition of each case, receiving all court documents and defendant correspondence, as well as balancing and closing of accounts, and preparing requisitions for purchasing and refunding.
Upon instruction and approval of the Judge of the Galveston Municipal Court and/or the City Attorney’s office, defendants are issued payment plans and alternative sentencing. Such alternatives include, but are not limited to, deferred disposition and defensive driving. Summons and/or warrants are issued for defendants that fail to pay their fines and juveniles are blocked from issuance or renewal of a driver’s license until court responsibilities are fulfilled.
Payments shall be made by cashier’s check, money order, or cash. Do not mail cash. Credit card payments can be made by calling 1-800-530-8084. To pay by credit you must know your full balance as only full balances can be processed by the credit card system. Your ticket balance can be obtained by calling 409-765-3740.
You may pay online. A convenience fee will be charged for both credit card and Internet payments. All citations are given a due date. You must notify the court of your intentions on or before the given due date. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or city holiday, you will be given until the following work day to submit payment or intentions.
Failure to Respond
Failure to respond and answer citations as required by law may result in any one or several of the following:
- The issuance of a warrant of arrest at an additional fee.
- Referral of the unpaid fine to a collection agency and additional fees.
- Denial of renewal of your driver's license by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and additional fees.