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Criminal History Requirements

Criminal History Requirements for All New and Renewal Licensees and Registrations.

Criminal Conviction Notification

If you are applying for a new or renewal license, you must complete a Criminal Conviction Notification form.

  • If you are obtaining a new license or responding to a new license deficiency letter, please complete the downloadable criminal history notification Adobe Acrobat PDF Document form.
  • If you are renewing a license or responding to a renewal deficiency letter, please complete the online criminal history notification by choosing the appropriate link below.

What to Report

ALL arrests and/or convictions, including cases that may have been deferred or dismissed, above a Class C Misdemeanor, must be reported.

  • There is no time limit on the convictions and arrests that need to be reported.
  • An arrest has occurred any time you have been taken into custody under the authority of law.
  • A conviction has occurred any time that you received a court ruling of Convicted, Deferred Adjudication, or Dismissed for an offense for which you were arrested.

Websites to Assist You in Completing the Form

You are not required to use the links below; however, if you do not recall your history or details, you may search the county where you were arrested or run a Criminal History Search for yourself and email the results to us (licenses@tceq.texas.gov), even if the report states that you have no criminal history or if the Search Criteria shows "No Matching Records".

  • To locate website for courts in Texas, please visit the interactive map of counties at: http://maps.txcourts.gov/
  • Texas Department of Public Safety Public Criminal History Search: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DpsWebsite/CriminalHistory/
  • Or you may choose to do a Fingerprint Search for an in/out of state and national criminal history record check. For this option, you will be required to submit an application. After your application is received, you will receive further instructions.

Criminal Conviction Notification Renewal Submission

Choose one of the links below and complete the form.

If you are responding to a renewal deficiency letter, please contact the staff member that issued the letter once you have submitted the form.

Downloadable Criminal Conviction Notification Adobe Acrobat PDF Document form is also available if you need to submit via fax or email.

Criminal History Evaluation

Individuals who believe that they may be ineligible to obtain an initial license due to a conviction or deferred adjudication may request an evaluation of their criminal conviction history prior to applying for the license.

Evaluations will not be performed for individuals that have no criminal history, already have a TCEQ license or for individuals that are not actively seeking to obtain a TCEQ Occupational license. Individuals that have committed a crime in the following categories and are applying for a new high risk license (BPAT, CSI, Landscape Irrigation, OSSF, and WTS) are especially encouraged to request an evaluation. You may download a Criminal Conviction Evaluation Adobe Acrobat PDF Document form or contact our office at (512) 239-6133 or licenses@tceq.texas.gov to request a paper Criminal Conviction Evaluation.

  • An offense that directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the licensed occupation (example: Fraud/Theft connected to business, negligence in occupation)
  • An offense that does not directly relate to the license but was committed less than 5 years before the application for a license;
  • An offense listed in Texas Code of Criminal Procedures (CCP) 42A (Murder, Injury to a child, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery)
  • A sexually violent offense, identified in CCP 62.001.

Criminal History Review Authority and Guidelines

Occupations Code. Title 2. Chapter 53. Subchapter A - D authorizes the TCEQ to consider criminal history on all applicants attempting to obtain or renew a license. The types of convictions requiring evaluation and the considerations being used to determine eligibility to obtain or renew a license are outlined in the guidance document linked below.

Criminal Conviction Guidelines Adobe Acrobat PDF Document