Background Checks and Fingerprinting Information

multicolored fingerprintsBackground checks are a necessary component for Oklahoma educators, district personnel and school support staff. These background checks are based on fingerprint checks processed through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Due to unforeseen maintenance issues the Department of Education will be closed through August 2nd.  If you had an appointment to fingerprint, please schedule.  We apologize for the inconvenience.
1. Background checks for teacher certification are valid for one year.  If you are not issued a certificate within a year of your background check clearance date, the background check will be considered void.
2.If your most recent certificate has been expired for over a year, you will need to complete one of background check options listed below.


As of May 10, 2021:
The OSDE will resume with all live-scan fingerprinting, M-F, during regular business hours by appointment only.


NOTICE: HOUSE BILL 3398 in effect now!!
This bill requires any teacher who does not have a background check on file with the OSDE to obtain one before qualifying to renew their certificate.  Additionally, this bill mandates ANY school district employee hired prior to July 1, 2020, who does not have a background check on file with the OSDE, to obtain one by June 30, 2022.

UPDATE: School administrators and Human Resource staff now have a tab on thier OECS dashboard which allows them to view all certified and support staff within their districts who do not have a background check on file with the OSDE.

The following choices will help direct you to the information you need.


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Last updated on August 2, 2021