Background Checks

To schedule an appointment for fingerprinting at the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, click the following link:

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: 

Mandated Disqualifying Offense and Child Maltreatment Report Form

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

Joi CrawfordLegal Services Specialist
Professional Licensure Standards
4 Capitol Mall, Box 30
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4695
Fax: 501-682-3781 


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