Applicants and school districts can submit Fingerprinting questions through the online Help Desk. The Help Desk can be accessed through:
The primary function of the Division of Fingerprinting is to facilitate the process by which educators and non-educators submit their fingerprints. This information is required for the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) in order to comply with statutory criminal history requirements as specified in Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 22, Subchapter C.
The 2007 Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 9 requiring fingerprint-based criminal background reviews for certain school employees in Texas Public schools. Senate Bill 9 is codified in Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 22, Subchapter C.
- State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Rules pertaining to the requirement for a certificate applicant to submit fingerprints are found in Chapter §230.11, Subchapter B of the Texas Administrative Code.
- State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Rules regarding the national criminal history reviews of certificate holders are found in Chapter §232, Subchapter B of the Texas Administrative Code.
- Commissioner Rules regarding criminal history reviews are found in Chapter §153, Subchapter DD of the Texas Administrative Code.
- Statute codified in Texas Education Code 22.085 relates to a school district's requirement to discharge or refuse to hire someone who has been convicted of certain offenses.
- Statute codified in Texas Education Code 22.083-22.087 relates to the national criminal history reviews of certified teachers, charter school employees, non-certified staff, contractors and substitutes.