Criminal History

Petition For Pre-Licensure Criminal History Evaluation Letter

House Bill 963 passed during the 81st Legislative Session (2009) which amended the Occupations Code to authorize a person to request a criminal history evaluation letter from a licensing authority regarding the person's eligibility for a license. This may be requested by a person who is enrolled, planning to enroll, or a graduate of an educational program that prepares a person for an initial license. If the applicant is planning to take an examination for an initial license and has reason to believe that he/she is ineligible for the license because of a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, the evaluation should be requested well in advance.

Petition For Criminal History Evaluation Letter Form



Fingerprinting Required


Texas law (Chapter 801, Occupations Code) requires that all licensed veterinarians (DVMs), licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs), and licensed equine dental providers (EDPs) submit fingerprints to the Board for purposes of performing a criminal history record information check.

  • Note: Fingerprints currently on file with ANY other state or federal agency (for example DPS for License to Carry Permits) will NOT be accepted
  • Military personnel on active duty may continue to renew while on active duty


How Do I Submit My Fingerprints?

  • Fingerprints are submitted ONLY through IdentoGo Centers located throughout Texas and a few other states
  • To enroll online go to identogo.comOR to enroll by telephone, call 1-888-467-2080
  • Use service code 11HT6Y
  • From IdentoGo’s website, you can:
    • Schedule or manage fingerprinting appointments
    • Find out what documents to bring to an appointment
    • Locate an enrollment/fingerprinting center
  • Contact IdentoGo for any questions regarding fingerprinting while out of state and give them service code 11HT6Y when calling.


How Will the Board Use My Fingerprints?

  • The Board will be notified if you are arrested or charged with a crime
  • The Board may pursue disciplinary action if you engage in illegal practices in, or connected with, the practice of veterinary medicine or equine dentistry
  • The Board may pursue disciplinary action if you have failed to disclose criminal activity on a license application or renewal
  • Please note that you are still required to report criminal activity within 30 days of its occurrence, pursuant to Board Rule 573.70
  • The Board and its vendors will ensure that your private information is protected


What Happens if I Don’t Submit My Fingerprints?

  • You will not be issued a new license until the Board has received your fingerprints
  • If you are reinstating an existing license, you will not be reinstated until the Board has received your fingerprints
  • Practicing without a license is illegal and you may be subject to disciplinary action


Questions regarding this process? Contact Jerod Honrath, Director of Licensing and Compliance by email at or call our office at (512) 305-7555.