Early Childhood

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.

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 the 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@ade.arkansas.gov.

Step Four: Generate Child Maltreatment Form


Additional Information for Federal Criminal Records Check:

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@ade.arkansas.gov

Joi Crawford, Legal Services Specialist
Professional Licensure Standards
4 Capitol Mall, Box 30
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4695
Fax: 501-682-3781
Email: Joi.Crawford@ade.arkansas.gov