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What is the difference between Option 1 and Option 2 for out of state and out of country certified educators?

Educators applying for Texas certification based on holding certification in another state or country must choose either Option 1, digital fingerprinting in Texas (select locations available out of state), or Option 2, card printing though the mail.


Option 1 is usually the best choice. The digital fingerprinting process is a much quicker process, with results being received usually within five days of your fingerprinting appointment. If you have already relocated to Texas, or will be re-locating within 1-2 months, it is advised that you choose Option 1, and schedule your appointment for a future date when you will be arriving in Texas.


If you will not be relocating to Texas in the immediate future, Option 2 may be a better choice for you. With this option, fingerprint cards will be mailed to your address on file in ECOS. Once you receive the cards, take them to local law enforcement in your area and have your prints transferred to the cards. You must pre-enroll your cards online per instructions in the packet that was sent to you before mailing the cards in for processing. The minimum processing time for cards is 4 weeks.


In choosing Option 1 or 2, keep in mind that your certification will not be issued until fingerprint results are received.

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