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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:

Version Document Name
2019.1 NIBRS Technical Specification Document
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

NIBRS User Manual

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

NIBRS User Manual v2.2 (PDF)
2019.1 NIBRS User Manual (PDF)

XML Specifications

The Department is not accepting XML submissions at this time.  The Department is in the process of developing NIBRS IEPS/XML version 2019.1.

Segment Level 8 & 9

This Segment Level 8 & 9 User Manual is a guide for vendors and law enforcement agencies who submit Texas-specific mandated-reporting information with their NIBRS data to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

The Department has developed our UCR system to mimic the national UCR program and these specifications are provided for "Texas-Centric" data collection and quality control. The UCR Texas Centric Technical Specifications and Error Codes Manual 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. Texas law mandates all law enforcement submit this Texas-specific data to TxDPS. Drug Seizures and Family Violence submissions are included in the Segment Level 8 portion of the NIBRS flat file, while Sexual Assault submissions are included in the Segment Level 9 portion. TxDPS still accepts Sexual Assault reporting via separate flat file, which is covered in the section below.

UCR Texas Centric Technical Specifications and Error Codes (PDF)
UCR Texas_Centric Segment 8 & 9 Flat File Layout (XLSX)

Note: This document replaces the "Segment Level 8 User Manual v1.0."

Sexual Assault – Separate Flat File Specifications

While Sexual Assaults can be submitted within the Segment 9 level of the NIBRS file, TxDPS continues to accept this data through a separate flat file. The Sexual Assault – Separate Flat File Specifications are provided for those law enforcement agencies that do not include this data within their NIBRS flat file.

Separate Sexual Assault Flat File Data Collection Guidelines (PDF)
Sexual Assault Flat File Layout (XLSX)

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 National 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 as a guideline 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.

With the release of The Version 17 Offense Codes from CJIS effective 9-1-2020 there were no changes to the Texas UCR Offense Code Table since the changes do not pertain to UCR reporting.

Updated as of 08/26/2020
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.