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Fingerprint FAQs

Below is a list of answers to questions that we are commonly asked.

Q: My school district required that I be fingerprinted, does that satisfy this requirement?

A: No, some school districts fingerprint you in addition to the requirement for CDE. You must be fingerprinted specifically for CDE for the Educator Licensing Act.

Q: My fingerprints are on file in another state, will those satisfy this requirement?

A: No, you must be fingerprinted specifically for CDE for the Educator Licensing Act.

Q: Can I use my fingerprints that were taken for my district, out-of-state, or for any other reason?

A: No, fingerprints are not transferable, as each entity is permitted to require and receive a background check under different statutes. Prints must be taken specifically for CDE for the Educator Licensing Act.

Q: What happens if my fingerprints are rejected by the CBI or the FBI?

A: If your fingerprint card is rejected by the CBI, they will notify you via U.S. Mail by returning your fingerprint card and fee. If your fingerprint card is rejected by the FBI, CDE will notify you via the email address you have associated to your eLicensing account. In either case, you will need to follow any instruction(s) that accompanies your notification. Keep in mind that if you have submitted an application to us, you only have 90 days from the date you applied before your application expires. After the 90 days, you will need to reapply. What if they were rejected due to a medical condition I may have? You must still submit fingerprints to the CBI, and you must include a letter from your Doctor describing the condition and how it effects the quality of your fingerprints.

Q: Where can I get fingerprint cards?

A: Fingerprint cards are not necessary if you have selected one of the options on the previous page. If you use a hard-copy fingerprint card, you will still need to select the most appropriate options from the previous page and mail that card, along with the card conversion fee, to the card conversion center.

Q: Where do I send my completed fingerprints along with the required fingerprint fee?

 A: This transaction must occur through the CBI approved fingerprint vendor.

Q: Can I send my fingerprints directly to the FBI and pay the $19.00 fee as long as I mark CDE as the recipient of the information?

A. No, this would be a violation of state statute. Click the most appropriate option from the previous page and follow the instructions.

Q: Do I have to wait for my fingerprint results before I can apply?

A: No, you do not have to wait. You can apply as soon as you have had your prints taken by a CBI approved vendor by clicking one of the options on the previous page. We will process your application once we receive your results.

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