The DPS is required to provide a reasonable number of sample collection kits
to criminal justice or law enforcement agencies in this state, which are
required by statute to collect offender samples at no cost to those agencies. These kits are only for the purpose of collection of offender samples under this statute and not to be used for suspect sample collections in a criminal case.
The collection kit supplied by DPS shall be used to collect the appropriate sample
in accordance with the kit instructions and shall include the required fingerprints.
A sample collection kit will consist of any items necessary for sample collection,
including instructions and any other item designated by the Director.
Sample Collection Training
The DPS CODIS Program provides training material and workshops to agencies in Texas regarding the collection of DNA blood samples and DNA buccal swab samples. The CODIS DNA Procedural Guidelines located in Chapter 19 of the Crime Laboratory Service Manual contains information about training, obtaining kits, determination of applicability, and sample collection procedure.
DNA Blood Samples
Initial training for the collection of DNA blood samples will consist of
viewing a training video and/or reading the DNA procedural guidelines. The
training video demonstrates the use of the DNA blood collection kit. The
video is available through the Texas DPS CODIS Program and is
free of charge.
Note: Blood shall only be drawn by personnel with the appropriate medical training.
The DNA Blood Database Card, which is part of the kit, requires that the collector certifies
he or she has taken the specimen in accordance with state regulations. The DNA procedural guidelines
will familiarize the collector with those regulations.
An agency may request additional training with the DPS CODIS Program. That training
would consist of familiarization with the collection kit and practical exercises in the taking
If an agency repeatedly submits unusable specimens, the DPS CODIS Program
may determine that one-on-one training is needed for that agency.
DNA Buccal Swab Samples
Initial training for the collection of DNA buccal swab samples will consist
of viewing a training video and reading the DNA procedural guidelines.
The training video demonstrates the use of the DNA buccal swab collection
The DNA Buccal Swab Database Card, which is part of the kit,
requires that the collector certifies that they have been properly trained
in DNA buccal swab sample collection procedures. When the collector signs
the card, they are certifying that they have watched the training video and/or
read the instructions in the collection kit. The signature of the collector also certifies
that the DNA specimen was taken in compliance with current DPS guidelines.
The DPS CODIS Program will also provide one-on-one training upon request
or if an agency repeatedly submits unusable samples.
Sample Collection Records and Retention
An agency collecting a DNA specimen from an eligible individual shall maintain
a record of the collection for a period of three years from the date
of collection. In addition, the DPS State CODIS Laboratory shall also
maintain a DNA sample and record as required by statute and according to approved
CODIS laboratory procedures.
Which DNA Sample Collection Kit to Use?
Please see the CODIS DNA Procedural Guidelines located in Chapter 19 of the Crime Laboratory Service Manual for information about training, obtaining kits, determination of applicability, and sample collection procedure.
Who Can Collect the Sample?
A criminal justice or law enforcement agency or DNA laboratory shall not collect—and
the Director shall not accept—a blood sample or other specimen taken from
a living person, whether submitted voluntarily or as required by law, unless:
The blood sample is collected in a medically approved manner by a physician,
registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, licensed clinical
laboratory technologist, or by another person who is trained
to properly collect blood samples or other specimens and who is supervised
by a licensed physician.
That sample is not a blood sample and is collected in a manner approved by
the Director according to a policy adopted by the Department.