The Texas Department of Public Safety awarded Indentix Inc. an exclusive contract to provide statewide electronic fingerprinting services and related processing for licensing and employment purposes for the state of Texas.

In addition to fingerprinting services, Identix will also provide to TxDPS photo capture and submission for each applicant. The award to Identix Identification Services (IIS) is for an initial three year period with up to two three-year extensions.

With the implementation of new state and federal laws requiring the fingerprinting of teachers, enhanced background check requirements on drivers of hazardous materials (HAZMAT), and various other requirements, Texas expects to process at least 200,000 to 300,000 non-criminal justice fingerprint-based electronic submissions each year.

Under the terms of the contract, IIS will schedule, collect and submit electronic fingerprint images and demographic information from applicants throughout the State for a wide range of public and private employers, HAZMAT drivers, foster and adoptive parents, volunteers, non-profit youth serving organizations, as well as a broad array of licensed professionals obligated by law to undergo criminal background checks as a condition of licensing or employment. The data collected by IIS will be pre-encoded and electronically transmitted to the TxDPS's Criminal Records Service for search of the State's Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Once operational, Texas agencies, businesses and applicants will be able to schedule a fingerprinting appointment at one of IIS' Texas fingerprinting centers by calling 888-467-2080 or via the IIS website at www.identix.com/iis.

IIS also provides statewide electronic fingerprinting services to Missouri, Michigan, California, Illinois and Tennessee.