Anyone who works with children in a school setting is required by law to be fingerprinted at a Maine Department of Education (MDOE)* approved fingerprint site. Students must have a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) approval based on the fingerprint results.

*Please note that background checks from other agencies (e.g. Maine Department of Health & Human Services) are not valid for this purpose.

All students are required to be fingerprinted and to provide proof of approval to USM prior to enrolling in a course with an accompanying field experience and/or internship/student teaching placement.

Instructions for USM students

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Fingerprinting & CHRC page located here:

Members of the general public

Please visit the Maine Department of Education webpage for details: If you need assistance, you can contact the DOE at 207-624-6603 or