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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 14, 2019, there will be new features added to the FACT Clearinghouse. These features are within the FBI Civil Rap Back Program and the Offline Applicant Management tool. The following are some examples of what you can expect:
- Additional columns in the Offline Applicant Management subscription lists, including SSN, most recent fingerprint date, and FBI Rap Back Eligibility
- An additional FBI Rap Back worklist to include updated FBI Information
- Changes in the FBI Rap Back worklist names to better understand the subscription events
- An additional FBI Rap Back confirmation indicator on the FACT Clearinghouse Applicant Details page
- A new notification email indicating a new FBI Rap Back Subscription and a separate notification indicating a Rap Back Triggering Event
The updated version of the Civil Rap Back User Guide is available here, which provides details on these changes and how Civil Rap Back works.
The updated version of the Offline Applicant Management User Guide is available here, which provides details on the columns available in your subscription list and bulk subscription management.
If your agency has any further questions, please contact the Rap Back Unit at 512-424-2746 or RapBackUnit@dps.texas.gov.
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.