Background Check for Teaching Certificate

  1. Places to get fingerprints taken
  2. Cost for electronically scanning fingerprints or a fingerprint card
  3. Submitting a background search for purpose other than for Oklahoma educator certification
  4. Obtain a copy of a fingerprint background report
  5. Rejected Fingerprints
NOTE: Background checks for teacher certification are valid for one year

Places to Get Fingerprints Taken

You may have your fingerprints taken according to one of the following options (click on an option for more information):

+ Option 1 (Electronically at the Oklahoma State Department of Education)

Fingerprints may be taken electronically at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Teacher Certification, Room 212, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

+ Option 2 (At one of our satellite sites located around the state)

Fingerprints may be taken at one of our satellite sites located around the state. These sites are an appointment only. You can visit the following website to schedule an appointment or call (877) 219-0197 to make an appointment. Payment can be made during your appointment or online when scheduling. NOTE: If you print at a satellite site for a Teaching Certificate background check, please notify us by email at one of the addresses provided below. Please provide your name, date printed and site location., or

+ Option 3 (At your local sheriff's office or police department)

You may have a fingerprint card taken at your local sheriff's office or police department to send to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) for scanning and submission to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


Cost for Electronically Scanning Fingerprints or a Fingerprint Card

The cost is $53.94 for both the required OSBI and FBI reports.

Payment Information

The OSDE will accept credit card payments that have been made online prior to coming to the OSDE or the applicant may pay with a business check, personal check, or money order at the fingerprint location. The payment should be made payable to Idemia. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH.

Credit card payable online by visiting or to charge by telephone, call (877) 219-0197 for a confirmation number. Please remember to bring your confirmation number with you as we will need that number in order to process your fingerprints. 

Mail fingerprint cards and money order or credit card receipt/confirmation number to:

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Teacher Certification, Room 212
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599


May I submit a background search that was taken for anything other than Oklahoma educator certification?

No. Due to FBI regulations, any initial Oklahoma educator certificate must have a current background search performed directly by the Teacher Certification Section of the Oklahoma State Department of Education.


How to Obtain a Copy of a Fingerprint Background Report

FBI requirements will not allow the State Department of Education to send copies of reports; however, you may request a copy from the FBI.


Rejected Fingerprints

Fingerprints are rejected due to poor print quality. The OSBI and FBI will look at the fingerprints and determine if the quality of prints are acceptable. Some fingerprints are smudged when using ink prints and some are worn due to age, exposure to chemicals or continuous paperwork or damages due to medical conditions, to name a few. For these reasons, an individual will have to be reprinted in order to try and capture legible prints. The following is the process for reprinting when fingerprints are rejected.

When fingerprints are rejected for teacher certification the applicant will receive notification from OSDE that they need to resubmit new prints. The applicant will receive a letter along with instructions on what to do.

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Last updated on July 17, 2019