Moral Character - Fingerprinting
The Board has a statutory obligation(Section 901.253) to determine that each person awarded a Texas CPA certificate is of good moral character.
To meet this responsibility, the Board will access the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Crime Records Division files using an established fingerprint process for each person who submits an Application of Intent. The fingerprint process allows the Board to receive information on all arrests, charges, convictions, probations and deferred adjudications of misdemeanor and felony offenses that occur in any U.S. state or territory. Records of these activities are reported to the Board for further investigation. If an applicant was 17 years of age or older at the time of the arrest, it should be reported to the Board. You are not required to report criminal records that have been expunged or sealed by an order of the court. You are required to report criminal records subject to a non-disclosure order. After fingerprinting, the Board will automatically be advised of any subsequent arrest and further investigation will occur.
Who is required to submit fingerprints?
- A person who submits an Application of Intent
- A person who submits an Application of Intent to Transfer CPA Exam Credits to Texas
- A person who submits an Application for Issuance of the CPA Certificate and who has not previously submitted fingerprints to the Board
- A person who submits a reciprocal application
Applications cannot be finally approved by the Board until the fingerprint process is complete and the Board has received the results.
Information about the fingerprinting process, applications, and locations in Texas are available at the following links. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay all fees to the service provider at the time that the appointment for fingerprinting is made. The fees are not collected by the Board and cannot be waived.