Pursuant to House Bill 636, all applicants and licensees will soon be required to submit a copy of their fingerprints so that the TSBPE can conduct a criminal history check. That means all plumbers in the state of Texas, regardless of license type, will be required to have their fingerprints on file with the TSBPE.
Who Does this Affect?
All licensed, or soon-to-be licensed Plumbers and plumbing Inspectors in the State of Texas. The TSBPE began rolling out the fingerprint program starting in 2020 and will have completely implemented it as a requirement across all license types by the end of 2025. As of 9/1/21 the fingerprint requirement applies to all exam applicants as well. If you are planning on applying for an exam in the Fall of 2021 or thereafter, you must follow the instructions listed below in “How Should You Do It?” when submitting your exam application. Otherwise, your application will not be processed.
What Should You do?
Get ahead of the curve. The fingerprint requirement will eventually become a deficiency that will prevent you from renewing your license or applying for examinations and endorsements. If you have not had your fingerprints scanned and submitted to the TSBPE, schedule your appointment today.
How Should You do It?
The TSBPE has made a handy-dandy instruction sheet with all the info you need to get this done. Print it out, email it to your fleet; do whatever you need to do to help yourself or the plumbers you work with satisfy this obligation.
But What if You’ve Already Submitted Your Fingerprint Data to Another State Agency?
In order to protect your privacy, state agencies are not allowed to share fingerprint data. The TSBPE does not establish these laws but is compelled to develop procedures and rules to implement them. We appreciate your cooperation as we all work to comply with these legislatively-mandated fingerprinting requirements.