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.
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 Jan. 6, 2021:
The OSDE will only be open for DUAL RESULTS live-scan fingerprintning from 9-3 on Tuesdays Thursdays .  (see HOT TOPICS #2 below)


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.

Announcement: Starting July 21st, 2020 we will commence live-scan fingerprinting in the Teacher Certification office, on a limited basis.  (See NOTICE above)
The details are as follows:
  • Only open for DUAL RESULTS fingerprinting (Teachers applying for their first certificate AND have an offer of employment with an Oklahoma school district). Registration code: 2B7KTN
  • We will temporarily be open for fingerprinting on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • All applicants must make an appointment online, prior to their visit.  No unscheduled walk-ins will be taken.
  • Appointments will be available in 20 minute blocks between 9 am through 3 pm
  • If you arrive late for your appointment, we will print you when another 20 minute block is available.  If there are no other openings before 3:00, the applicant can choose to come back at 3 or reschedule.
  • The applicant needs to bring this form, completed by their district when they arrive.

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Last updated on April 30, 2021