REGISTRY OF APPROVED BINGO WORKERS FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS
What is the Registry of Approved Bingo Workers?
The Registry is a list, maintained by the Commission, of persons whom the Commission has conducted a criminal history background check and who are approved to be involved in the conduct of bingo or to act as a bingo operator.
When did the Registry go into effect?
On September 1, 2003.
Who has to be listed on the Registry?
Any person who will act as an operator, manager, cashier, usher, caller, salesperson, Bingo Chairperson or bookkeeper for a licensed authorized organization
Our organization gets one temporary bingo license each year for our annual carnival. Do all of our workers and operators need to be listed on the Registry to work this bingo occasion?
No. Charitable Bingo Administrative Rule 402.402 (m) exempts individuals associated with an authorized organization that does not have a regular license to conduct bingo who receives a temporary license to conduct bingo from being listed on the Registry.
How do I get added to the Registry of Approved Bingo Workers?
To be added to the Registry, an individual must complete a Texas Application for Registry of Approved Bingo Workers and undergo a criminal history background investigation. Completed applications may be mailed, along with a $25 check or money order, to the Charitable Bingo Operations Division, Texas Lottery Commission, P.O. Box 16630, Austin, TX 78761-6630 or faxed to (512) 344-5142.
Is there a fee to be listed on the Registry?
YES, there is a $25 fee associated with the Registry effective September 1, 2013.
I want to work for all five licensed authorized organizations in the bingo hall. Do I need to complete five Registry Applications?
No. To become listed on the Registry, only one application should be submitted. Once an individual is listed on the Registry, the individual may serve as a worker for any licensed authorized organization in the State of Texas.
I've filled out my Registry Application, can I start working?
A registry applicant may serve as an operator, manager, cashier, usher, caller or salesperson on a provisional basis while awaiting the results of a background check by the Commission, only if this provisional employment status is disclosed on their Texas Application for Registry of Approved Workers application. A Bingo Chairperson or bookkeeper is not eligible for provisional employment.
All provisional employees should wear an identification card with the registry applicants name, ‘Provisional Employment’ in lieu of the unique registration number and the date that reflects the date the registry application was submitted to the commission as the expiration date while on duty. Blank identification cards are available on our website.
A provisional employee must immediately stop working if: 1) after 14 days they are not listed on the registry if the individual is a resident of this state; 2) after 45-days they are not listed on the registry and the individual is not a resident of this state and submits a fingerprint card for a background investigation; and 3) found to be disqualified on the basis of the background investigation.
What criminal offense would disqualify someone from being listed on the Registry?
A person who has been convicted of a felony, a gambling offense, or criminal fraud, if less than 10 years has elapsed since the termination of a sentence, parole, mandatory supervision, or community supervision served for the offense may not be listed on the Registry.
How do I know I've been added to the Registry?
You may check for your name, city and registry number on the Registry file available on the Commission's website at www.txbingo.org or contact our office during normal business hours. Registry Applications are normally processed within 7-10 days. Once approved, you will be mailed a letter of notification and a sheet of six registered worker identification cards.
Is there a penalty for working without being listed on the Registry?
Yes, an individual found to have worked for an organization with a regular license to conduct bingo as an operator, manager, cashier, usher, caller, or salesperson without being listed on the Registry, will be prohibited from working in bingo, anywhere in the state, for one year from the date of that determination.
Can you send my registration notification and identification card to the bingo hall when I am approved?
If the registration notification and identification cards should be sent to an address other than the home address of the applicant, then Item J on the Texas Application for Registry of Approved Bingo Workers should be completed.
When do I have to wear my identification card?
All registered workers and operators are required to wear an identification card while on duty. Blank identification cards may be downloaded from our website at any time if needed.
Can I get more identification cards?
A registered worker may request an additional sheet of identification cards by calling 1-800-246-BINGO77 (246-4677) or by completing a Registry of Approved Bingo Workers Personalized Identification Card Request Form.
Can a person be removed from the Registry?
An individual may remove himself from the Registry at any time by submitting a request in writing. In addition, the Texas Lottery Commission may take administrative action to remove an individual from the Registry pursuant to Section 2001.313(e) of the Bingo Enabling Act.
How long am I registered for once I am listed on the Registry?
Once registered, an individual may remain on the Registry for three years. The individual must timely submit a Texas Request for Renewal of Registry of Approved Bingo Workers Registration form to remain on the Registry without interruption. The expiration date of the registration is listed on the identification cards issued by the commission.
What happens if I do not renew my registration before the expiration date?
If the Commission does not receive a Texas Request for Renewal of Registry of Approved Bingo Workers Registration form on or before the registered worker's expiration date, the individual's name will be removed from the Registry. The individual may no longer serve as a bingo worker or operator in this state.
If I am removed from the Registry for failure to renew my registration timely, how can I be re-listed?
If the individual wishes to be re-listed on the Registry after he/she has been removed for failure to renew their registration timely, he/she must complete and submit a Texas Request for Renewal of Registry of Approved Bingo Workers registration form, along with a $25 check or money order. The individual may not begin serving as a bingo worker or operator until their name is again listed on the Registry and they have received their badges in the mail.
My phone number is changing. Is there anything I need to do?
All individuals listed on the Registry must report changes to information contained on their application within thirty days of the change. Schedule N-3 Notice of Change for Registered Worker is a form that was developed to assist registered workers and operators in this notification process.
Do I need to submit my workers on Supplement Forms, Schedule B1 or Additional Individual Sheets?
No. Licensed authorized organizations are not required to submit the names of its workers on Supplement Forms, Schedule B1 or Additional Individual Sheets.
Do I need to submit my operators on Supplement Forms, Schedule B1 or Additional Individual Sheets?
Yes. Before an individual may serve as an operator he/she must be listed on the organization's bingo record as an operator through a form prescribed by the commission. In addition, an operator must be a bona-fide member of the organization and be listed on the Registry. An operator may not be added to a licensed authorized organization's bingo record unless he/she is listed on the Registry.