Fingerprinting Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to
all certified educators, substitute teachers and classroom aides to
be fingerprinted for the national criminal history review by the
Irving ISD will send a list of
substitute teachers to SBEC. SBEC will return the list back to IISD
and notify the District as to who will need fingerprinting.
What is the cost
cost is $52.20, which includes a criminal history review fee of
$42.25 and a fingerprint capture fee of $9.95.
When will I get
employee fingerprinting starts Sept.8, 2009. You will have 80 days
from that date to submit your fingerprints.
identification do I need when I am fingerprinted?
You will need
to bring your Texas driver’s license or Texas state issued ID. Your
first and last name on your certificate must be the same as
your first and last name on your identification. Middle names do not
matter for this process.
If you are
uncertified, you will need to bring your current Texas driver
If my first and
last name on my certificate do not match my identification, how do I
change my name on my certificate?
onto SBEC online for Educators at
Click on the “SBEC Online for Educators”
link at the top of the page.
If you already have an SBEC account, use the “login” link and log
If you do not, click on the “new
user? Create a new account” link and create an account with a
username and password
and follow the instructions
to review your profile and make the appropriate changes.
Help accessing your SBEC Account
Can I change my
name again on my certificate after fingerprinting?
Yes, you may
change your name on your certificate after you have been
What happens to
the information that is gathered as a result of the fingerprinting?
criminal history information on all educators will be maintained by
DPS in a state database or clearinghouse. TEA officials will review
the information and then notify districts whether or not an
individual is employable under the law. Only certain authorized
school district personnel will be able to view any criminal history
information that turns up on employees as well as recommended
What happens if I
don’t comply with the fingerprinting law?
with the fingerprinting mandate is required by state law. If you do
not submit to the fingerprinting process the employee is subject to
the 80 day rule meaning that if the educator misses the window
assigned to IISD, your SBEC issues certificate will be placed on
inactive status. Deactivation of your certificate could mean the
loss of your job.
substitutes will also be deactivated if fingerprints are not
submitted during the 80 day window.
What do I do if my
fingerprints are rejected?
fingerprints will be rejected by the FBI due to poor quality. If
your fingerprints are
will receive an email with information on the rejection and the need
to reprint. You are still subject to the 80-day window and should
make arrangements to be re-printed by calling IBT (L1) scheduling
center at 888-467-2080 immediately to request an appointment for
resubmission of fingerprints. You will not be charged for reprints
due to a rejection.
How long does it
take for a name change to appear on my certificate?
It takes about 24
hours for the name change to be reflected on your certificate.
fingerprinted before, do I have to fingerprint again?
you were fingerprinted by another district that has already been
the state or you fingerprinted with SBEC previously. SBEC has stated
that all individuals fingerprinted after January 1, 2008, will NOT
have to be fingerprinted. Previous SBEC fingerprints may be
acceptable; however, SBEC will notify IISD about anyone who needs to
re-submit fingerprints. You may contact the Substitute Office
(after Sept. 1, 2009) to find out if you are on the list to be
fingerprinted. If you were fingerprinted for a State Licensure
(i.e., real estate, nurse, etc) or Firearm process, you are still
required to submit fingerprints through this process. The Texas
Department of Public Safety and TEA have indicated that this
background check will go through a different type of database.
fingerprinted when I applied for certification in a different state.
Can I use those fingerprints to satisfy the requirement?
they will not meet the required DPS format.
Can I get
fingerprinted at my local police station?
only digital fingerprints can be accepted by DPS for this purpose.
How long does it
take for the district to receive information after I have been
estimate is 4 days.
What will happen
if I don’t have my fingerprints completed in the 80-day window?
does not receive your fingerprint results within the 80 day window,
your certificate will be INACTIVATED. An inactive status
means that you cannot work in any role that requires certification.
Employees with inactive certificates will not be allowed to
How do I know that
my personal information is safe?
clearinghouse complies with the security policy imposed by the FBI’s
Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division for the
purpose of safeguarding data collected through background checks.
That policy sets forth information technology security requirements
deemed acceptable by the federal government for the transmission,
processing and storage of criminal history data.
If I move to
another school district, will I have to be fingerprinted again?
been fingerprinted and entered into the state educator’s database,
you do not have to be fingerprinted again. If you leave your school
district, the district will no longer have access to your criminal
I am a substitute
teacher, do I pay for my fingerprinting?
You will pay
for the fingerprinting whether you are certified or not. You will
receive additional information concerning payment if you are
required to submit fingerprints.
substitute teachers be fingerprinted?
teachers may complete the fingerprint process at one of the L1
Identity Solutions locations.