Fingerprint-based criminal history checks for TBAE registrants
Stay tuned to this page, as it will be updated each time we learn more or receive updated information.
THE FINGERPRINT SCHEDULING PROCESS IS NOW LIVE. SEE IMMEDIATELY BELOW FOR HELPFUL INSTRUCTIONS YOU WILL NEED TO FULFILL THE FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENT.
- Step-by-step fingerprinting instructions for in-state registrants/applicants
- Step-by-step fingerprinting instructions for out-of-state/overseas registrants/applicants
In the spring of 2013, the Texas Legislature passed a new law requiring all incoming and renewing active TBAE registrants to submit a set of fingerprints to be used to conduct a criminal history check. The fingerprints will also be maintained by DPS and the FBI and cross-referenced in order to provide TBAE notice of certain arrests or convictions in the future. Since the new law’s passage, TBAE staff has set up the necessary procedures, and the fingerprint scheduling process is now available to use. See the links above for step-by-step instructions and forms you will need.
Because this is the most frequently asked question by a wide margin, we are posting this information on this page as well as on our FAQ page (see link below).
Q: If I’ve already submitted fingerprints for a concealed handgun license (or another reason, such as for a school project or when adopting a child), is that sufficient?
A: Unfortunately, no. FBI regulations prohibit that kind of sharing of fingerprint information among government agencies. Fingerprints are required of an Active status TBAE registrant even if he or she has submitted prints for a concealed handgun license, for a previous school district or other public project, for a federal project, for a military project, or for any other reason. FBI regulations do not appear to offer any exceptions.
A few tips and hints are very important to remember:
Based upon information obtained from the vendor, the fingerprint process will work as follows:
This page will serve as the official depository for links and information related to the new fingerprint-based criminal history check requirement. TBAE will update this page with each new piece of information available, so check back often and feel free to share with colleagues, interns, and others who might find it helpful.
Note: The State’s chosen fingerprinting vendor, MorphoTrust USA, has undergone a handful of name changes in recent years. Web site URLs or other documents may refer to Identogo, L1 Enrollment, Safran, IBT Fingerprinting, or others, but they all indicate the company now known as MorphoTrust USA, located now at www.IdentoGO.com.