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Fingerprint Submission Requirement

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is responsible for receiving and processing fingerprint submissions for background checks. Once processed, they will provide the results only to the agency/organization named in the "Employer and Address" field on the fingerprint card. The results are non-transferable and, therefore, cannot be released by CBI to an organization that is not specifically listed on the fingerprint card (e.g., results for fingerprints submitted for a school district cannot be released to the Colorado Department of Education).

Prior to submission of an application to the Colorado Department of Education each applicant shall submit to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a complete set of fingerprints, taken by a qualified law enforcement agency, for the purpose of obtaining a fingerprint-based criminal history check.

Note: As part of the background check process, the submitted fingerprints will also be forwarded by the CBI to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). If an applicant wishes to challenge the information contained in either the CBI or the FBI identification record, he or she has the right to do so. Additionally, applicants may request a copy of their national criminal history record from the FBI. For more details on obtaining or challenging a criminal history record, please see the Notice to Applicants and/or How to Obtain and Challenge Your FBI Identification Record.

Colorado educators who are currently licensed have completed the required submission of fingerprints. In some cases, an educator who held a license prior to 2004 will not have fingerprints on file. Under current law these educators will be required to complete the fingerprint requirement when submitting an application.


  1. For applicants requiring fingerprinting, the Fingerprint Information Sheet provides the necessary details you will need to complete the fingerprint process. Please print and take a copy of it with you to your local Law Enforcement Agency (e.g,. Police Department or Sheriff's Office). Please note: it is a legal requirement that a qualified law enforcement agency assist you with completing the fingerprint card. You may wish to call ahead to confirm that a particular office can assist you.

  2. Follow the process as outlined in the information sheet. Be sure to only use black ink.

  3. Send the completed CDE fingerprint card and fingerprint processing fee of $39.50 (see the information sheet for methods of payment; please note, personal checks are not accepted) to:

    Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

    690 Kipling St., Suite 3000

    Denver, CO 80215

Note: DO NOT send fingerprint submissions to the Colorado Department of Education. Fingerprint cards must be sent directly to CBI for processing. If you do, your fingerprints will not be processed and will not be returned to you. For security puposes, submissions made to us will be destroyed. You will then need to complete the process again, submitting your cards along with the required fee to CBI.

  1. Once received by CBI, it can take approximately 4-6 weeks for processing. Additionally, incorrect information entered on the fingerprint card may cause a delay in the background check.


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