Register a Guardianship
Criminal Background Check
All proposed guardians other than Texas attorneys, Texas certified guardians or corporate fiduciaries are subject to a criminal history background check. The type of background check conducted is based on the information provided on the guardianship registration form submitted by the proposed guardian.
The background check must be delivered to the court at least 10 days before the hearing date on the application for guardianship. Please allow sufficient time for processing before the hearing date.
Types of Background Checks Conducted by the JBCC
- When your hearing date has been scheduled, and
- Proof of having been fingerprinted according to the county's instructions.
Name and date of birth background check.
- This is conducted if the value of the liquid assets of the proposed ward’s estate is $50,000 or less.
- The JBCC will send the results to the probate clerk.
Note: Applicants can confirm completion of background checks by clicking on the View Details link of their application under the View Pending Online Applications page of their online profile.
Fingerprint based background check.
- This is conducted if the value of the liquid assets of the proposed ward’s estate exceeds $50,000, or if an applicant resides out-of-state or out-of-country.
- The county will instruct the proposed guardian on how to meet the digital fingerprint background requirement.
Courts and Clerks
- Any criminal history record information is confidential and will be provided only to the clerk and the court with probate jurisdiction for authorized purposes and not to be placed in the file or record of the guardianship.
- The JBCC and clerk of the Court in which a guardianship application is pending must notify the applicant/proposed guardian and their attorney of the criminal background check requirement.