The Department of Safety issues reports from a background check in Texas. 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 and do a Texas DPS background check, 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 information using fingerprints. Texas has a specific website just for sex offender searches which is free to use.
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.
Official TX background 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 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 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 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:
The state has only a couple of regulations when it comes to using Texas criminal 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.
The state has no laws requiring gun dealers to contact them for a state-level background report, 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 Texas gun 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.
On average 1,571,632 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Texas background check laws 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.
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.
According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use.
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.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|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|