Effective January 1, 2019, the FBI will implement new fingerprinting fees. The new FBI Fingerprint fee will be $13.25 and
the FBI Volunteer Fingerprint fee will be $11.25. The cost of the FBI Rap Back service is included as a part of the adjusted fingerprint-based
If you have any questions on the fingerprinting fees, please contact Fingerprint Services at
email@example.com or 512-424-2365, option 6.
If you have any questions on Texas or FBI Rap Back, please contact the Rap Back Unit at RapBackUnit@dps.texas.gov
On January 15, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Civil Rap Back Program was implemented through the FACT Clearinghouse.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) now provides updated national criminal history record information along with Rap Back notifications
on eligible active subscriptions that have been established in the FACT Clearinghouse.
The following are some examples of what you can expect:
- Additional FBI Rap Back Worklists to include updated FBI Information
- Automatic Subscriptions to FBI Rap Back for new applicants fingerprinted after FBI Civil Rap Back is implemented
- Validating all Subscriptions every 4 years, including Texas Only Subscriptions (Validation is not required at the moment, your agency will be notified when you can begin the validation process)
- Notification for any new arrests, dispositions, Sex Offender Registry activity, updates (expungements/ partial expungements), and death notifications, that occur within and outside of the State of Texas
- No additional fees to participate in the FBI Civil Rap Back Program
A FBI Civil Rap Back Program User Guide is available here, which will provide
detailed information on how FBI Civil Rap Back will work. You may also find additional information and resources regarding the FBI
Civil Rap Back Program in the FACT Clearinghouse under the “FBI Rap Back Resources” link located on the left hand side. If your agency
has any further questions, please contact the Rap Back Unit at 512-424-2746 or
What is FACT Clearinghouse?
The FACT Clearinghouse is a repository of the DPS and the FBI fingerprint-based criminal history results.
The FACT Clearinghouse allows an authorized entity access to a consolidated response of the DPS and FBI criminal history fingerprint results, including an electronic subscription and notification service for new arrest activity on subscribed persons.
Only persons processed through Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) are eligible for FACT. FAST is a service of the DPS that provides the electronic capture and submission of fingerprints for a fingerprint background check.
Fingerprint-Based Search Results
The criminal records stored at the DPS and the FBI are based on fingerprints submitted at the time of arrest.
The DPS and the FBI use Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) that take an electronic image of fingerprints submitted by FAST and compares it to fingerprints of persons previously reported to the DPS and the FBI as having been arrested in Texas or elsewhere in the Nation.
The DPS and the FBI have criminal history files of all arrests, prosecutions and court dispositions, if they have been reported to the DPS.
When a match is identified through either AFIS, the corresponding criminal history record is pulled from the DPS or the FBI system. FACT displays both results in one location.
The subscription service notifies an entity of new activity to a Texas criminal history record and now with the implementation of FBI Rap Back, new activity on an individual’s national criminal history. Not only will the subscribing entity receive notifications of events that occurred within Texas, they will also receive notifications of events that occurred elsewhere in the nation.
Events that can generate a notification are arrests, record updates, Sex Offender Registry activity, and death notices. These notifications will help eliminate the need to re-fingerprint employees to determine if new activity has been received after the initial check.