Fingerprint clearance is required for certificated employment; for temporary teaching
certificates; and for first-time applicants for credentials, certificates, or permits.
California State Education Code prohibits the employment of a certificated
employee, who has been convicted of a serious or violent felony. To ensure
compliance with law, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and
COE/school district/employers request employment background clearances
(including criminal history information) about applicants for certificated
employment from the California Department of Justice (DOJ).
Each background clearance is reviewed prior to issuance of a credential,
permit, or certificate by the CCTC and render of service to the school
APPLICANTS FOR TEMPORARY TEACHING CERTIFICATES
A person who meets the requirements for a teaching credential and has submitted
an application packet for the credential through the County Office of Education
may apply for a Temporary County Certificate. The Certificate enables the person
to teach while the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
processes the application.
Education Code 44332 prohibits a county office to issue a temporary teaching
certificate until a criminal history has been obtained and processed and DOJ
verifies a clear record of serious/violent felony conviction. Therefore, a
County Office of Education is required to obtain a criminal record summary about
the applicant from the Department of Justice and shall not issue a temporary
certificate in the applicant has been convicted of a violent or serious felony.
FIRST TIME APPLICANTS FOR CREDENTIALS, CERTIFICATES, OR PERMITS
First time applicants for a credential, certificate, or permit, in the State of
California, are also required to submit fingerprint images to the California
Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) in addition to previously submitted
fingerprints for school district employment and/or receipt of a Temporary County
Fingerprinting for both CCTC credential applications and school employment is
available through the SCCOE Fingerprint Live Scan Services Unit.
Each fingerprint clearance requires the applicant to obtain a Request for
Live Scan Services form. The Credentials Services Unit provides credential
applicants with the form for CCTC fingerprint clearance.
Certificated employment applicants who are also applying to the CCTC for the
appropriate credential, permit, or certificate may be required to obtain two (2)
Request for Live Scan Services (one for employment and one for the CCTC).
The Live Scan form for certificated employment will be provided by the hiring
school district/employer, if the hiring school district/employer requires
fingerprinting for employment.
Live Scan fingerprinting is provided by appointment only. CLICK
HERE TO SCHEDULE A FINGERPRINT APPOINTMENT or call (408)
Date last updated: July 5, 2011