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Forensic Arson Section

The laboratory performs analysis for the entire state of Texas for ignitable liquids used to accelerate a fire. For explosives analyses, please contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) laboratory system. The ATF offices and laboratory phone numbers are all listed in the Arson Lab Evidence Collection and Submission Handbook.

Please refer to the Laboratory Customer Handbook (excerpt from Crime Laboratory Service Manual) (PDF) before submitting evidence.

The Laboratory Submission Form (LAB-201) DOCM | PDF is to be used only in arson or other criminally related cases. The lab also offers quality control analysis. Any agency may send us a clean, empty can from their stock of metal cans used for evidence collection. We may then evaluate these cans to determine if they are suitable for evidence collection (i.e., contamination free).

When shipping evidence, address the package to the attention of the Forensic Arson Lab. This ensures that the person who opens the box will be someone intended to be in the chain of custody and that the evidence will be stored in the vault immediately, once the courier's responsibility has ended. Address the package to:

Texas Department of Public Safety
ATTN: Forensic Arson Laboratory
5800 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78752

Always use a physical address when shipping evidence to the lab, and provide a physical address on the "send to" section of the submission form. Courier services will no longer deliver to post office boxes.

The DPS Crime Laboratory seeks to continually improve its procedures and services to provide the best possible forensic support for fire investigations. Any suggestions or comments are encouraged. Please participate in the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory Customer Survey by following the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TS83H2B

For additional information or help, contact the laboratory at 512-424-2105 or ArsonLab@dps.texas.gov.