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FACT Clearinghouse

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FACT Clearinghouse

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.

Subscription Service

The subscription service notifies an entity of new activity to a Texas criminal history record only. In the future, the subscription service will be expanded to include new activity to a criminal history record at the national level.

Notifying entities means the entity does not have to re-run background checks of employees to determine if a new arrest has been received after the initial check.