Background Checks for Texas

Do you need to get a background check from the Office of Early Childhood (OEC)? If you do and you lived outside of Connecticut within the last 5 years, you also need to request a background check from the state you lived in. It’s a key step in completing your OEC background check. You can’t work in a program unsupervised until your background check status is either “work supervised” or “current.”

To get a background check from Texas, you have to do 3 things:

Request a Texas Criminal History Check

1. Create an account on the state’s Criminal History Conviction Name Search

The Texas Department of Public Safety created this site for people to do their own searches.

Create a new account.

2. Buy a credit to pay for the search

To search for a name on the site, you need to buy a credit with a credit card. 1 credit (for 1 search) costs $3.00 plus service fees.

If you have problems paying for your credit, get help from the website’s support team.

3. Search for your name and download the report

Once you’ve paid, you can start the search.

4. Send the report to us

Email the results to cheryl.gardner@ct.gov.

If you prefer, you can also send it:

  • By fax: 860-326-0555 (ATTN: Cheryl Gardner)
  • By mail:
    ATTN:  Cheryl Gardner
    Office of Early Childhood
    450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 303
    Hartford, CT  06103

Step 2: Request a Texas Child Abuse/Neglect Registry Check

1. Complete the form

Download Form 500-2970 Request for Texas Child Abuse/Neglect Registry

Then, you can either:

  • Complete it in Microsoft Word and print it out
  • Print it out and fill it in manually (by hand)

Don’t sign the form yet — see the next step below.

2. Bring the form to a notary public

Notary publics are people appointed by the state to act as official witnesses. Search online to find a notary public near you. They’re often available at banks, libraries, post offices, or shipping centers.

When you go to the notary, you need to bring:

  • The form
  • Legal identification

The notary public will look at your ID and ask a few questions. When they tell you to, sign the form. The notary will then stamp or seal the form, making it official.

3. Send the completed, notarized form to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

You can send it 3 ways:

4. Wait for an email with your results

If you’re cleared:

Texas will send the results directly to OEC. You don’t need to do anything else.

If you’re not cleared:

You need to tell OEC.

Email the results to cheryl.gardner@ct.gov.

If you prefer, you can also send it:

  • By fax: 860-326-0555 (ATTN: Cheryl Gardner)
  • By mail:
    ATTN:  Cheryl Gardner
    Office of Early Childhood
    450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 303
    Hartford, CT  06103

What’s next?

We’ll consider the results of your results along with rest of your background check.

In the meantime, make sure to complete the other steps in the background check process.

Last updated January 9, 2023