Starting January 1, 2008, Texas will begin to collect fingerprints for all new licensees and license renewals. This is for both sales agents and brokers. The fingerprints will be used for the FBI to do background checks on everyone. This is being done based on concerns many people have brought up with the state in the past.
If your license expires in January or February, you can go ahead and renew your license now and not have to worry about the fingerprints until the next time you're up for renewal. However, any license that expires March and beyond will be subject to the fingerprinting.
Fast Facts on the Fingerprint Requirement from the TREC website
Here are some brief points to sum up the new fingerprint requirement:
- Fingerprints that an applicant or licensee may have submitted for any other reason, such as previous employment or for a state issued license, will not be acceptable for TREC licensure.
- You will need to schedule your fingerprint appointment on the web or by telephone.
- The fingerprints must be in the FBI's required format and must be taken at an authorized DPS site. Currently, there are 70 locations statewide where electronic fingerprints can be taken.
- If you are renewing your license, you should get your fingerprints taken at least ten (10) days before your license expiration date to avoid any renewal delay and assure continued licensure.
- If you have received a renewal card referencing the FAST Print Pass form, you can renew your license without getting fingerprinted if you renew prior to January 1, 2008.
- The FAST Print Pass form for electronic fingerprinting be available January 1, 2008.
But, I guess with the minor inconvenience we'll all go through, we should all be a safer industry and not mind... unless you have something to hide!