Digital Fingerprinting Update
and TEA use Department of Public Safety’s FAST Program for collection of
MorphoTrust USA (formerly
L-1 Enrollment Services) is a private vendor contracted by the Texas Department
of Public Safety (DPS) to provide digital fingerprinting services to those
individuals that require fingerprinting for state licensing purposes in Texas,
such as applicants for educator credentials, or anyone subject to
fingerprinting for the purpose of compliance with Texas Education Code (TEC),
Chapter 22, Subchapter C. The Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST)
program was implemented statewide in Spring 2006. The State Board for Educator
Certification (SBEC) began using the FAST on June 7, 2006.
Beginning October 1,
2003, new applicants for educator credentials were required to submit
fingerprints to SBEC so that a national criminal background check could be
conducted through DPS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Until June
2006, the vast majority of these fingerprints had been submitted in the form of
the conventional inked and rolled method, that were routed to DPS and the FBI
through SBEC. Many problems were
associated with this process involving the quality of the prints obtained by
this method (a rejection rate for quality of 25%), as well as and cards being
lost in the mail. These delays caused numerous problems for all parties
the introduction of the digital fingerprinting process through FAST, the
fingerprint process has improved, namely resulting in a much shorter amount of
time required to complete the fingerprint process.
few facts about the digital fingerprint process:
• TEA requires that applicants for a Texas certification must be fingerprinted
through the DPS vendor, MorphoTrust USA, unless the applicant currently resides
outside Texas, and is unable to utilize a Texas location of MorphoTrust.
Individuals subject to fingerprinting for compliance with TEC Chapter 22, Subchapter C must utilize the digital fingerprinting method
• A fee of $39.50 is
required for processing of fingerprints though DPS, FBI and TEA. TEA requires
all applicants for certification and all certified educators required to be
fingerprinted under TEC Chapter 22, Subchapter C to pay this fingerprinting fee online. Non-certified employees
pay this fee at the time of their fingerprinting appointment with MorphoTrust.
• An additional fee of
$9.95 is paid to MorphoTrust at the time of appointment. This fee is assessed
for scanning of prints.
• A FAST Fingerprint Pass is issued to the applicant/educator by TEA once
online payment has been made; a fingerprinting appointment cannot be scheduled
without this document in hand. This document, along with a valid photo ID must
be presented at the time of appointment.
• Fingerprinting results
are received by TEA typically 3-5 days after the appointment.
• Digital fingerprinting through MorphoTrust is offered at over 80 locations
currently. For a list of current sites, click http://www.l1enrollment.com/locations/?st=tx.
Page last modified on 3/5/2013.