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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.

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 California agencies, employers, other states or government agencies are not exempt from this process.

The fingerprint clearance process (Leaflet CL-271 [PDF] ) is normally completed when an applicant applies for a first-time credential, certificate, waiver, or emergency permit, or when a credential candidate applies through a college or university for a Certificate of Clearance to begin student teaching.

Effective July 1, 2005, the DOJ will only accept fingerprint images via the LiveScan process for California residents. DOJ will continue to accept fingerprint cards (FD258) from the Commission only for teachers who reside outside of California provided the teacher's home address is from another state or country. Please see Coded Correspondence 05-0007 [PDF] for additional information.

Click here to download a LiveScan form (41-LS) [PDF]. You will need to print three copies of this form and submit them to the LiveScan operator when having your prints taken. Click here for a listing of LiveScan locations in your area.

Out-of-state residents will need to complete two fingerprint cards (FD-258). Fingerprint cards are not available for download. To order fingerprint cards you can email us at Fingerprints@ctc.ca.gov.

Fingerprint information will be invalidated for individuals who complete the LiveScan process but do not subsequently file an application with the Commission for a document within eighteen (18) months. In addition, fingerprint information will be invalidated for individuals whose Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate, Certificate of Clearance, teaching, or services documents (credential, certificate, permit, or waiver) have been expired for eighteen (18) months or longer. The fingerprint process will need to be repeated when individuals whose fingerprints have been invalidated subsequently apply for certification. Please see Coded Correspondence 12-10 for additional information.

FBI Notice
On September 7, 2014, the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) installed a new IT system. As a result of this installation, they are experiencing delays in processing. Please be assured that each issue is being identified and resolved as quickly as possible, but at this time anticipated processing time for an Identity History Summary is approximately 12 weeks. Allow additional time for mail delivery.

Fingerprint Delays (DOJ)
Questions or status inquiries related to delayed transactions cannot be responded to, as there is no pertinent information that can be statutorily provided until the manual review of the transaction is complete. Delayed transactions are considered in process; as such, no further information is available until the completed response is sent. The DOJ's Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) is available for applicants to determine the status of their background check. The IVRS telephone number is 916-227-2300.

Updated October 29, 2014