The California Education Code §44340 & 44341 require that all individuals who seek to obtain California credentials, certificates, permits, and waivers issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing receive fingerprint clearance from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through the Commission. Individuals who have received fingerprint clearance through other agencies, employers, other states or government agencies are not exempt from this process. Fingerprint history is not reviewed by the Commission, unless an application and the appropriate fees are received from the applicant.
DOJ will only accept fingerprint images via the Live Scan process for California residents. Individuals who have received fingerprint clearance through other California agencies, employers, other states or government agencies are not exempt from this process.
The Commission will invalidate fingerprint results if the information received from DOJ is not correct
(i.e. transposed SSN; name, etc.) and various reasons.
Fingerprint clearance is an automated process that is completed through the DOJ and FBI database systems and is NOT controlled by the Commission. The Commission will only process fingerprint results when they are received from the DOJ and cannot expedite or request that they be expedited. The Commission will notify applicants when it has received arrest/conviction information, which may cause a delay in the issuance of a credential/document.
Out-of-state applicants will need to complete two fingerprint cards (FD-258), which must be mailed to you (the applicant) and are not available for download. To order fingerprint cards, please email the Commission at OutOfStateFPs@ctc.ca.gov
and provide your current mailing address. Individuals who have received fingerprint clearance through other agencies, employers, other states or government agencies are not exempt from this process.
Fingerprint Processing Fees
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is a fee-supported state agency that collects fees as authorized in California Education Code §44235 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 §80487. These regulations state that fees are earned upon receipt and shall not be refunded. Please see leaflet CL-659 for more information.
Updated May 13, 2015