How To Search The Criminal History Database
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To perform a criminal history record search you must create a CRS
Secure Website Account
and purchase credits for each search you will perform.
Search Credits cost $1.00 each. A 2.25% fee per credit plus a $0.25 transaction
fee will be added to each order.
Search Credits cost $1.00 each.
It is important that the search parameters you enter into the system are accurate
and complete as possible. The more information you enter the more ways the system
can search the database.
When you submit your search, you are able to enter:
- Last Name and First Name (Required)
- Middle or Maiden name (Optional)
- Complete Birth Date (month, day & year) (Optional)
- Partial Birth Date (month, day or year) (Optional)
- Entering a full date of birth will narrow the search.
The system will try variations of your search criteria, including:
- Last & First name without the middle name.
- Last & First name with a matching middle initial.
- Name match with a matching birth month & day.
- All names in all three positions will be searched.
When entering your search, there are several things you should keep in mind:
- Do enter as much information as possible (including Middle name and Birth Date)
- Do include a maiden name
- Don't enter nicknames.
- Don't enter initials or partial names.
It is your responsibility to make sure the records you access through this site pertain to the person about whom you are seeking information. Extreme care should be exercised in using any information obtained from this Web site. Neither the DPS nor the State of Texas shall be responsible for any errors or omissions produced by secondary dissemination of this data.
DPS cannot guarantee the records you obtain through this site relate to the person about whom you are seeking information. Searches based on names, date of birth and other alphanumeric identifiers are not always accurate. The only way to positively link someone to a criminal record is through fingerprint identification.
Result: No Matching Records
It is possible there are no records matching your search criteria.
A Search Credit will be debited from your account for searches resulting in
no matching records.
Result: One or More Possible Matching Records
The system uses a "Soundex" algorithm to match on similar
sounding (but differently spelled) names. (eg. JESSE and JESSIE). Your search results
will indicate how your search matches (Full/Partial Name and Soundex/Exact Match).
When reviewing the list of matching records it is recommended that you preview a
record before opening the complete record. If you open a full record you will use
your search credit. Preview allows you to review detailed descriptive information,
including a photo, before being debited a credit.
Each search allows access to one record. Opening additional records will debit additional
credits from your account.