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NIBRS Technical Documentation

This page was developed for agencies and vendors to understand the current specifications used and accepted by the Department, as well as, the most up to date information on user manuals and plans for transition. If you have questions regarding the information provided below, please email NIBRS.

NIBRS Technical Specifications

The Department currently accepts the following NIBRS flat file versions until January 1, 2019:

Version Document Name
3.2 NIBRS Technical Specification Document
3.1 NIBRS Technical Specification Document
3.0 NIBRS TOU Update (January 2017)
3.0 NIBRS TOU Update (November 2016)
3.0 NIBRS TOU Update (October 2016)
3.0 NIBRS Technical Specification Document (September 2016)
2.0 Cargo Theft Technical Specification Document
1.1 Hate Crime Technical Specification Document

Effective January 1, 2019, the Department will no longer accept versions prior to 3.0.    Phasing out older versions will ensure agencies are capturing and submitting new data elements, as well as, employing current edit and validation routines so that data is readily accepted by the state and FBI UCR repositories.

Please note, the FBI 2019 NIBRS v.1 Technical Specification (PDF) will not go into effect or be accepted until January 1, 2019.

NIBRS User Manual

The Department is currently utilizing the FBI's version 2.2 NIBRS User Manual. The manual can be found at the link below.

Please note, the Department will move into compliance with the FBI 2019 NIBRS User Manual v. 1.0 effective January 1, 2019.

NIBRS Manual v. 2.2 (PDF)

XML Specifications

The Department is not accepting XML submissions at this time.  The Department is in the process of developing NIBRS IEPD/XML version 4.2. No previous versions of XML are currently being accepted. The target for the Department to move to 2019 NIBRS XML IEPD is mid-2019.

Segment Level 8 User Manual

This Segment Level 8 User Manual v. 1.0 is a guide for vendors and law enforcement agencies who submit Uniform Crime Reporting data under both SRS and NIBRS reporting types, and marks a departure from the way the Department has historically produced Texas-specific information for law enforcement agencies and their vendors. Since the Department has developed their system to closely match the national program, we have instead focused on a document that is truly "Texas-Centric". The Segment Level 8 User Manual v. 1.0 is intended to be an addendum to the FBI Technical Specifications and is specifically designed for Texas data and Texas law enforcement.

Texas specific submissions include Sexual Assault, Drug Seizures, and Family Violence. Drug Seizures and Family Violence submissions are included in the Segment Level 8 portion of the NIBRS flat file, however, at this time, the Department is working through updates for the Sexual Assault submission portion. Until further notice, please submit Sexual Assault files separately utilizing the flat file layout below.

Segment Level 8 Manual v. 1.0 (PDF)
Segment Level 8 NIBRS Flat File Layout (XLSX)
Sexual Assault Flat File Layout (XLSX)

Note: This document replaces the "DPS Texas Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS) Training and Reference Manual."

Texas UCR Offense Code Table

The UCR Offense Code Table facilitates the offense codification as it relates from State laws to Summary Reporting (SRS) and Incident Based Reporting (NIBRS). The information contained in this workbook is intended for law enforcement agencies and their RMS vendors to incorporate into their software for the creation of their code tables. These codes will assist users in selecting the proper codes for offenses being reported to the state UCR program.

Updated as of 10/22/18
Texas UCR Offense Code Table (XLSX)

We thank you for your patience as we continue to update and improve our documentation and processes. Should you have questions or concerns please email NIBRS or call us at (512) 424-2091.