Authorized User Information & Instructions

Government Code § 72.151 defines an "authorized user" of the Protective Order Registry as a person to whom the OCA has given permission and the means to submit records to or modify or remove records in the registry. Except for a few exceptions, this will usually be the clerk of a court that maintains the records of the court.

Government Code §§ 72.156 – 72.157 requires the clerk of the court where an application is filed or an order is issued to enter the specific information pertaining to the application or order into the Registry, along with an imaged copy of the document(s). The information must be entered within 24 hours of the application filing or issuance of the order, unless the clerk lacks the specific information required to be entered.

The following types of applications and orders should be entered into the registry:

  • Magistrates Orders for Emergency Protection (MOEPs) issued after an arrest for any offense involving:
    • Family Violence
    • Sexual Assault
    • Trafficking of Persons
    • Indecent Assault
    • Stalking
    • Bias or Prejudice
  • Applications, Temporary Ex Parte Orders, and Final Protective Orders involving
    • Family Violence
    • Sexual Assault
    • Trafficking of Persons
    • Indecent Assault
    • Stalking
    • Bias or Prejudice