Denton County Bar Association

Attorney Badge Program

Denton County Attorney Identification Card

The Attorney Identification Access Card allows an attorney to have limited security bypass privileges at the main Denton County Courthouse during normal business hours.

About the Program

The Denton County Attorney Identification Access Card is meant to expedite an attorney's clearance through the Denton County security screening, thereby enhancing our justice system's level of service. This is a privilege, not a right, extended to the attorneys by the Sheriff, the Commissioners, and other elected officials in Denton County. Access privileges are only provided to attorneys who present their AIC upon entry to the main Denton County Courthouse. This privilege is not extended to the attorney's employees, agents or representatives.

The AIC must be worn on the front of the attorney's body, between the neckline and waist, with the attorney's photograph clearly visible when entering the building. Attorneys will move slowly through the electronic turnstile and be acknowledged by law enforcement or security personnel for clear passage. A cardholder that cannot produce an AIC at the point of entry will have to go through the normal screening process.

Please take a moment to review the Eligibility, Fees, Term of Privilege and Renewal/Replacement information at the bottom of the page.


Attorney Access ID Card

$ 200.00

Renewal Rate

$ 75.00

Lost or Stolen Card Replacement

$ 50.00

Application Process

  • Download and complete the Attorney Identification Card Application
  • Print off your criminal history report (all pages) from the Texas Department of Public Safety Website
  • Make copies of your Texas driver's license and State Bar Card
  • Submit the completed Application, with copies of driver's license, State Bar Card and DPS criminal history report to the office of the Denton County Bar Association
  • The DCBA will confirm good standing with the State Bar of Texas, and submit the application and supporting documents to the Denton County Sheriff's Office for approval (please allow up to 30 days after DCBA submission to process)
  • After approval of the application, the applicant will be notified via e-mail when to appear, in person, at the Denton County Sheriff's Office located in the main Denton County Courthouse for further processing, which may include photographs and fingerprinting. The Sheriff's Office will issue the Attorney Identification Card.

Renewal Process

  • Download and complete pages 3 and 4 of the Attorney Identification Card Application
  • Attach a sworn statement that nothing has changed on your criminal history since your application and have it notarized. Please allow 5 business days for renewals.
  • Renewal is $75. Please send a check to the Bar Office or pay online with the link below.


  • An applicant must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas. An applicant may be ineligible for the AIC if he or she has any State Bar action resulting in suspension of the attorney's license, including probated suspension.
  • An applicant must live and work in Denton County or its contiguous counties with a demonstrated need for access that bypasses security screening.
  • An applicant may be ineligible for the AIC if he or she has a conviction or arrest for any offense, including but not limited to, the following:
    • Felony or misdemeanor assaultive offenses
    • Protective order issued for family violence
    • Sexual Assault offenses and other related sexual related crimes
    • Weapons offenses will be closely scrutinized
    • Current pending criminal charges
    • History of misconduct
  • The Denton County Sheriff's Office shall conduct an additional background check on an applicant in the following areas and at the following levels: NCIC/TCIC and LOCAL RECORDS. If the Sheriff's Office determines the applicant to be a security risk, a card will not be issued. 

Fees & Term of Privilege

The Application fee is payable to the Denton County Bar Association and is due when the application is submitted to the Denton County Bar Association Office. All application fees, replacement card fees, etc., for an AIC are approved by the Denton County Commissioner's Court. The application fee is not refundable if the Card is denied or terminated. 

The AIC is valid for the year of issue through April 30th of the following calendar year. The fees will not be prorated. 

Renewal Replacement Cards

Prior to renewal, Applicants must submit a sworn renewal Application and fee to the DCBA stating that no incident has occurred since the last application or renewal which causes an applicant to become ineligible. The DCBA will confirm good standing with the State Bar of Texas. The Sheriff's Office will run a new background check on the Applicant at the time of renewal. 

Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately to the Denton County Sheriff's Office and the Executive Director of the DCBA in person, by phone or e-mail. A replacement card will be issued upon payment of the appropriate fee.