Laboratory Requests/Evidence Submissions

Your feedback is valued! Please contact your local DPS Laboratory to learn how to submit a customer survey.

As a result of compliance with accreditation standards, there are certain requirements of communication and policies regarding case acceptance that must be upheld by the DPS Crime Laboratory Service.

ATTENTION – For Fire Debris and/or Arson requests, the DPS Crime Laboratory Service is using the case acceptance policies under the Fire Debris Analysis Section.

Physical Evidence Handbook (PDF) outlines specific parameters/limitations regarding the submission of evidence and our statement of services provided by a DPS Crime Laboratory.

Section 1 contains General Information, including Statement of Services (PEH-01-02), Scope of Testing (PEH-01-03; Laboratory Services and Laboratory Contact Information), and Instructions for the completion of the Laboratory Submission Form (PEH-01-05).

Sections 2 and 3 deal with Evidence Collection and special evidence considerations.

ATTENTION – In an effort to provide more efficient and effective service for Drug, DNA, GSR Primer Residue, and computer forensic testing requests, the DPS Crime Laboratory Service has implemented the following case acceptance policies:
  • Drug Evidence Submission and Acceptance Policy (PEH-02-02)
  • DNA Case Acceptance Policy (PEH-02-04A)
  • DME Case Acceptance Policy (PEH-02-08B)
  • GSR Case Acceptance Policy (PEH-02-05A)

Service Area Maps
Submission of evidence to DPS crime labs for forensic testing regarding drugs, blood alcohol, DNA, trace evidence, firearms, and toolmarks is based on the geographic area and the county of offense. Click the following links to view a map showing what areas are covered by each lab:

The DPS Crime Laboratory Service does not perform external calibration services.

Laboratory Evidence Submission/Requests
Laboratory Submission Form (LAB-06) DOCM | PDF | Instructions
Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Certification Form (LAB-06A) DOC | PDF
Toxicology/Blood Alcohol Kit Laboratory Submission Form (LAB-12) (DOCM)
Blood Kit Instructions (LAB-12B) (DOC)
Urine Kit Instructions (LAB-12U) (DOCM)
Toxicology/Blood Alcohol Service Areas (LAB-12SA) (PDF)
Gunshot Residue Information Form (LAB-17) (DOC)
Instructions for Collecting Gunshot Residue Kit (LAB-17A) (PDF)
Digital Media Evidence Information Form (LAB-23) (DOCM)
Forensic Arson Laboratory Submission Form (SFM-AL-01)
Forensic Arson Laboratory Submission Criteria Sheet (SFM-AL-03)
Evidence Can Quality Check Form (SFM-AL-19)