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PUBLIC NOTICE: County Annex Building will be closed to the public as of 3/17/2020, Matagorda County Courthouse will have a controlled point of entrance, located on the South Side of the Building, only county employees will be authorized to enter through the basement. If you are handicapped or need assistance, please call (979) 244-7605

Welcome to Matagorda County, Texas


Matagorda County Courthouse

1700 7th Street

Bay City, Texas 

Matagorda County Building Annex

2200 7th Street

Bay City, Texas 

As of March 16, 2020 Matagorda County has declared a County-Wide Disaster in preparation and response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Matagorda County is working diligently to continue providing services to our citizens, be assured that our offices are not closing, but will be working with limited interactions in an effort to provide social distancing.  

Beginning March 17, 2020,  Matagorda County Courthouse and the Matagorda County Annex will be making the following adjustments for the safety of our citizens and our employees.
Matagorda County Courthouse will have a controlled point of entrance, where citizens will be screened, point of entry will be located on the south side of the building (6th Street).  At this control point, you will be asked a few short questions and your temperature will be taken.  If you have a temperature greater than 100.4, you will be turned away and will be unable to enter the premises.  We are asking that if you have any questions or concerns, please call the County Department that you are attempting to reach, prior to visiting the County Courthouse, all county departments are in process to temporarily provide services electronically. 
Matagorda County Annex, will be closed to the public, if you are in need of assistance, you may reach the County Department that you are attempting to contact via telephone or email.

Please refer to our Telephone Directory here to reach County Departments.

  • County Tax Assessor-Collector, Cristyn Hallmark has decided and announced the following on March 24, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    After much thought and consideration, the tax office will transition today and close to the public effective tomorrow, March 25, 2020. We will maintain a staff rotation that enables us to service the public via email, telephone, online, US mail, as well as a drop box located in the hallway just outside the tax office. Staff rotation will limit the number of staff members on duty to six in an effort to maintain the recommended guidelines for social distancing of six feet and keep our work environment healthy and safe. 

    The health and safety of the tax office staff and the citizens are my utmost priority as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, we will allow no walk in, face to face transactions in the tax office until further notice.

    Please contact me should you have any questions. 

    Cristyn E. Hallmark, PCC
    Matagorda County
    Tax Assessor-Collector
    1700 7th Street, Room 203
    Bay City, TX 77414

    Justice of the Peace, Precinct #1, Jason Sanders has decided and announced the following on March 24, 2020 at 1:54 PM

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 office has decided to close to the public as of today, Tuesday, March 24. We will, however, be working remotely.  If you need to contact the JP 1 court for an issue, please call 979-244-7666 or email our office at jp1@co.matagorda.tx.us.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of concern. 

    Please stay safe and God bless.

     Matagorda County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1

    1700 7th Street, Rm. 201
    Bay City, Texas 77414
    FAX 979-244-7696


    Hon. Jason K. Sanders

    County Clerk, Stephanie Wurtz has decided and announced the following on March 24, 2020 at 2:36 PM
    Over the past several days, our office has seen an influx of visitors from neighboring counties with requests for birth certificates and marriage licenses due to their own County offices being closed.  Additionally, I have had individuals from other counties calling my office to see if we're open to perform searches in our books because they are unable to do research elsewhere.  It is this overall activity that has prompted me to move forward with closing my office to the general public.
    Effective Wednesday, March 25th, our front glass door will be locked with the attached note giving instructions on how to obtain necessary items from the County Clerk's Office.  Other County employees can access our office through the wooden door on the right which will remain unlocked.  This morning, I contacted local title companies and attorneys who regularly do business with our office to let them know that it is business as usual as we help them continue performing necessary business transactions.  We will be here to answer phone calls and emails from the public to help them at a distance as well.
    Also, as some of you may or may not know, the mail delivery services now refuse to come into the Courthouse.  Fedex, UPS and USPS do not want to be subjected to the daily screening.  Therefore, we have made arrangements to have them call us when they arrive to the Courthouse.  Someone from my office will meet them at the door to exchange mail, and my clerks will sort the mail in the mail room.  If anyone has any outgoing UPS or Fedex envelopes, please feel free to drop them off in my office and we will make exchanges with UPS and Fedex when they deliver packages.
    If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to call me.

    1700 7th Street, Room 202
    Bay City, Texas  77414
    (979) 244-7680 phone
    (979) 244-7688 fax

    Stephanie Wurtz

    Matagorda County Clerk


    District Clerk, Janice Hawthorne has decided and announced the following on March 24, 2020 at 3:10 PM 

    In keeping with the recommendations of the CDC and the Texas Office of Court Administration, the Matagorda County District's Clerk office is taking precautionary measures to reduce potential exposure to our staff and our local community members through participation and cooperation with public social distancing  measures.  

    This office will temporarily close its doors to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice.  We will remain fully staffed and available to other County Departments as needed.  The District Clerk's office will continue to assist the public by phone, fax, US Mail, and emails during regular business hours.

    All functions and processes related to emergency court orders, TRO's (temporary restraining orders) issuance of necessary warrants, writs, etc.... as directed by the Court will be processed as usual.

    Court filings through Texas E-File will be handled in its usual manner.

    Please contact us at the following for any questions or concerns you may have.

    Phone: (979) 244.7621

    Fax: (979) 244-7624

    Email: dclerk@co.matagorda.tx.us

    Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

    Very truly yours, 

    Janice Hawthorne, District Clerk