Federal and State Agencies: Information and Services
Most state and federal government websites can be trusted to have free and reliable information.
State and federal agencies often provide helpful services. We have listed some resources below by topic.
Note: The list below is intended to provide examples of useful federal and state government websites. It is not an exhaustive listing. Many other government websites also have useful information and services.
Family, Divorce, and Children
The Attorney General's Child Support Division is the official child support enforcement agency for the State of Texas. This office can provide services and information for parents who would like to start child support and modify or enforce existing child support. In some cases, they can also help settle paternity issues as part of this process.
The State Department's travel website gives information on international travel procedure and safety. For example, it tells you how to get passports for you and your family. Note that there are special rules for children.
Protection From Violence or Abuse
The Office on Violence Against Women provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and help strengthen services to those experiencing such violence.
The Family Violence Program promotes self-sufficiency, safety, and long-term independence of those experiencing family and dating violence. The program provides emergency shelter and support services to victims and their children, educates the public, and provides training and prevention support to various agencies.
Criminal Records and Traffic
The Texas Department of Public Safety is charged with protecting the citizens of Texas. Among other things, the DPS website tells you how to get a driver license and how to get your criminal history report.
House and Apartment
HUD promotes affordable and fair housing.
Fair Housing: There are rules to protect people from housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial, and LGBT status. You can use the website to report violations.
The TDHCA provides services similar to HUD, but at the state level. You can use the website's Help for Texans tool to find resources near you.