Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Background Checks

 

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Effective 1/1/2019 the FBI is increasing the user fee rate for noncriminal fingerprint based criminal history check. The rate will go up by $1.25 so the new rate for the FBI portion will go from $13.00 to $14.25. This will raise the overall price of the noncriminal background checks to $38.25. This does not include the separate cost of the Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

Background Check Process

Step One: Online Background Check Consent Form

Step Two: Background Check Payment

Step Three: List of Approved Live Scan Locations

  • In-state applicants proceed to your nearest Approved Live Scan Location to complete the fingerprinting process. Bring photo ID, copy of consent form, and a copy of payment receipt with Transaction ID (electronic copy is acceptable).
  • Out-of-state applicants must obtain a pre-printed fingerprint card from the Arkansas Department of Education. Please submit your name and mailing address to: ade.educatorlicensure@arkansas.gov.

Step Four: Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check

  • Please complete form, have form notarized, and mail form and payment to the address printed on the form.

Step Five:  Employability Status

  • Please allow four weeks for the employability status to be determined before contacting Arkansas Department of Education

FAQ      Frequently Asked Questions

Disqualifying Offenses

Arkansas State, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central registry background checks are required for student teaching internship, first time licensure and all licensure renewals, first employment or change of employment in a public school, charter school, or education service cooperative. 

Arkansas Code Ann. §§ 6-17-410 and 6-17-414 identify the disqualifying offenses.  A summary list may be found at: Disqualifying Offenses (PDF).

State and Federal Criminal Records Check

Step-by-Step Instructions for:

  • Employers (School Districts/Charter Schools, Cooperatives, Vendors) and Educator Preparation Programs (for Pre-service Teachers) paying for the state and federal criminal records check.

Additional Information for Federal Criminal Records Check: 

School District Instructions for Classified Employee Waivers

For more information, please contact:

Clara Toney, Public School Program Advisor
Office of Educator Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 102-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-4342
Fax:  501-682-4898
Email: Clara.Toney@arkansas.gov
 
 
Jennifer Link, Educator Licensure Attorney
Office of Educator Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 104-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-4342
Fax:  501-682-4898
Email: Jennifer.Link@arkansas.gov
 

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