Office of Educator Preparation

Criminal History Record Check & Fingerprinting

The Fingerprinting and the Criminal History Record Check are two separate applications. They are required before a student can begin their field experiences. Every student must have fingerprints taken at a Maine approved fingerprint site.There is a one-time $55 fee for this process. When scheduling the finger printing process, select the Maine Department of Education as the licensing agency. Take your confirmation number (received after registration) and a picture ID (driver's license or Maine State ID is preferred) to the fingerprint site on the assigned date and time.

Students must also have a Criminal History Record Check approval from the Department of Education, which is based on the fingerprint results. Mail an Application for Initial Certification to the Department of Education. A $15 nonrefundable fee must be sent with this application. This cannot be done online .

These two steps can be concurrent – you do not need to complete the fingerprinting before sending in the CHRC application. If you are approved, you will receive your approval card via US mail, after the DOE receives the results of the criminal history record check from the FBI and Maine State Police.