Tribal Access Program (TAP)

Tribal Access Program (TAP)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP) in August 2015 and has expanded yearly to provide Tribes access to national crime information systems for federally authorized criminal and non-criminal purposes. TAP allows selected federally-recognized Tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation’s citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems and other national crime information systems


There are currently over 75 Tribes with agencies participating in TAP.

View the list of TAP-FULL, TAP-LIGHT, and BIA Tribes by Deployment Year

View an alphabetical list of TAP-FULL, TAP-LIGHT, and BIA Tribes

View a map of TAP-FULL and TAP-LIGHT Tribes

    Audit Policy Consultation

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) invites you to discuss the proposal to amend the audit policy that governs User Agencies who access the FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) databases through DOJ. This will be applicable to Tribes which utilize the Tribal Access Program (TAP) to access FBI CJIS databases for both criminal justice and non-criminal justice purposes. FBI CJIS Security Policy requires that all User Agencies must be audited at least once in every three year period of time. OCIO acts as the CJIS Systems Agency (CSA) for TAP Tribes and is thus responsible for ensuring that User Agencies are audited as required.  A framing paper providing relevant background information and questions for you to consider is included, along with a sample of the current draft policy and the questionnaires that may be utilized during the audit.  

     Final Audit Consultation Framing Paper
     DOJ CSA Audit Policy
     NCIC Full Access Audit Questionnaire
     NIS Audit Questionnaire
     NSOR Audit Questionnaire

    We invite you to participate in a series of telephone calls that will be held between January 9 and January 27, 2020. Registration information is provided here; Tribal leaders and representatives are welcome to call in to any or all of the calls. You will be asked to provide your name and Tribal affiliation when you register for a session. The times have been set below for the convenience of the callers

    In addition to the Listening Sessions and Consultations, we will accept written comments from tribes until 5 p.m., EST on January 31, 2020. Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to  Tribes may also submit comments by first-class mail to:

    Office of the Chief Information Officer
    Attn.: Michael W. Haas
    Department of Justice
    2 Constitution Square
    145 N St. NE, Room 4W.705
    Washington DC  20530         

    If you have difficulty registering, please email



    DOJ assumes responsibility for granting network access, extending the model used by federal agencies to Tribes. DOJ ensures personnel, IT, and physical security; vetting and on-boarding; testing; training; and auditing.


    TAP-LIGHT provides agencies with the ability to conduct name-based record checks and enter person and property information, while TAP-FULL also provides the additional hardware necessary to conduct fingerprint-based criminal and non-criminal justice transactions.


    TAP provides online and on-site training and assists Tribes in analyzing needs and identifying/providing appropriate solutions to maximize the value of national crime information.


    Tribes may use TAP for all purposes authorized by federal law.

    The criminal justice agencies eligible to participate in TAP are:

    • Law Enforcement Agencies
    • Prosecutor's Offices
    • Corrections and Detention
    • Criminal Courts
    • Pretrial Services
    • Probation and Parole

    The non-criminal justice agencies eligible to participate in TAP are:

    • Agencies with Sex Offender Registration responsibilities
    • Agencies whose staff/volunteers have contact with or control over Indian children
    • Public Housing
    • Child Support Enforcement
    • Head Start
    • Agencies investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children
    • Civil Courts issuing orders of protection, injunctions, restraining orders, or other keep away orders

    TAP helps Tribes as they protect their communities in a variety of ways. Among other things, Tribes can:

    • Enter orders of protection making them accessible for enforcement both on and off Tribal land
    • Register sex offenders in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
    • Enter information to prevent illegal gun purchases
    • Enter arrest warrants for on and off reservation awareness and enforcement
    • Perform record checks on employees and volunteers who have contact with or control over Indian children
    • Perform record checks of housing applicants and tenants
    • Document arrest and conviction data
    • Access investigative records of other law enforcement agencies
    • Locate absent parents to enforce child support orders
    • Search for and enter information about persons and property
    • Conduct name-based criminal history checks to determine if supervised individuals have new charges
    • Obtain complete criminal histories to make release recommendations in criminal court cases


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