Texas Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a Texas Background Check Report

How To Get a Texas Background Check Report

The Texas Department of Safety issues background check reports for the state. Their database contains information from the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system and includes “arrests, prosecutions and the disposition of the case for persons arrested for Class B misdemeanor or greater violation of criminal statutes, plus Class C convictions or deferred adjudications that are reported to the Department.”
To search the criminal database, you must first sign up for a CRS Secure Website account and purchase credits at $1/per credit. The state's Department of Safety offers public access to criminal history and sex offender searches. Employers, law enforcement agents, and licensing authorities can sign up for an account to do multiple searches on individuals. Offenders can use Texas’ FACT Clearinghouse system to obtain a copy of their own background check using fingerprints. Texas has a specific website just for sex offender searches which is free to use.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

An official Texas background check report will show strictly criminal information such as arrests, warrants, felonies, misdemeanors, convictions, incarcerations and court dispositions of Class B and Class C cases. The report will also show basic demographic information such as name, age, date of birth, address, phone, height, weight, and other physical descriptors along with mug shots, if available. Public requests from name searches may not produce any results due to inaccurate information, problems with the database or human error. They recommend using at least full name and date of birth for best results. Law enforcement agencies use fingerprinting for a perfect match, but this option is not available to the general public.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

Official TX background check reports are used for a variety of purposes such as mortgage and loan qualifications, state licensing, employment, tenant screening, hiring government workers at places like mental health care facilities, credit applications, insurance, and gun permits. When using one for any of these purposes, the requestor is required by law to follow specific legal guidelines and avoid discrimination. Most official background check reports include limited information such as court cases, criminal history, driving violations, employment, education, and formal public records information.
Other reasons you might want to run a background check report on someone is before dating them, looking into a new neighbor, reconnecting with a long-lost relative or friend, finding out who keeps calling you, or before buying or selling to a stranger. The public can get less formal background check reports through online portals and public and private sources. With these reports, you’ll see much more information than just criminal records. Some things you can find are:

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens
  • Birth Records
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Property Records
  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
  • Current & Past Addresses
  • Phone & Email Address
  • Professional Licenses
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Social Media Accounts & More

TX Criminal Background Checks

The state has only a couple of regulations when it comes to using background checks during the hiring process. First, employers cannot ask about or use criminal convictions that are seven years or older for jobs paying $75,000 or less. Texas also allows applicants to deny the existence of any records if they have been expunged. As always, however, employers are still subject to federal law and must comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when using background checks during the hiring process.

Gun Background Check

The state has no laws requiring gun dealers to contact them for a state-level background check, and they are not a point of contact for the state. Licensed gun dealers must comply with federal laws and contact the FBI and use NICS for a complete background check before selling any firearms in the state. Private sellers do not need to perform a background check when selling to anyone else. Residents with gun permits are exempt from a background check when purchasing. This year alone, the state has completed 1,406,388 background checks to buy guns, and 460,846 of them were for handguns. 

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 1,571,632 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Texas

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140
Pennsylvania 534,653

States With More Long Gun Checks than Texas

There are no states with more long gun checks than Texas.

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

Background check laws in Texas apply mostly to employment. Employers can only go back seven years for jobs paying $75,000 or less. For higher-paying jobs, employers may go back to age 18. Exceptions to this rule include insurance, residential delivery positions, and government jobs. Landlords must use accredited credit reporting agencies to perform background checks before renting to new tenants.

Employment Protection

Legally, when an employer chooses to run a background check on a potential employee, they can check their work history, credit report, criminal past, and education background. Employers can look at information going back seven years but only for jobs that pay $75,000 or less. There are a few exceptions to this rule such as insurance or delivery jobs. Government agencies offering the job can look at your entire history going back as far as the records begin. Employers are not allowed to look into arrests that did not result in convictions.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background check report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 1,089 victims of online romance scams in Texas, resulting in $23.4 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 618 1,107,479
20 - 29 2,635 3,781,893
30 - 39 3,690 12,884,804
40 - 49 3,154 15,626,803
50 - 59 3,073 28,055,493
Over 60 3,203 35,076,462

State of Texas

State of Texas
  • Population: 283.05 million (2017)
  • Area (mi2): 268,596 SQ. MI.
  • GDP (millions of current dollars, 2017): $1,696,206 Billion
  • College Educated (bach. + masters deg.): 39.00%
  • Capital:Austin
  • Median Income: $56,473.00

Government Offices

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