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California law requires that all new school district and county office employees to obtain fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice.

California public school employees must be fingerprinted and a criminal background clearance must be received by the employing school district and county office prior to new employees rendering paid service. 

Individuals who have been convicted of serious and/or violent crimes are precluded from being hired by California public school districts. Individuals who are awaiting trial for serious and/or violent crimes are also precluded from rendering service in California public schools until the matter has been legally concluded. Please contact the Division of Professional Practice, with any questions.

Credential applicants who have not previously been fingerprinted for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) through a college or university, other County Office of Education in California, or by means of fingerprint cards sent directly to the CTC, must submit fingerprints using the CTC Fingerprint Form.

Substitute teachers with a valid California teaching credentials or substitute teacher permits who have only been fingerprinted for the CTC and who are working in more than one district in Orange County should be fingerprinted using the OCDE Clearing House Consortium Form.  This allows the substitute to seek employment in all 28 districts in Orange County without being fingerprinted again for each district. These fingerprints do not cover district contract employees.

OCDE Fingerprint Form, Fingerprint Clearance Notice and the Clearing House Consortium Live Scan forms are available in PDF format. These three forms are available online for ease of downloading at the time a fingerprint appointment is made.

The CTC Fingerprint Form is for first time credential, emergency substitute permit or child development permit applicants seeking a fingerprint clearance for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The Clearing House Consortium Live Scan Form is for applicants seeking part-time, temporary, or substitute employment in any public school district in Orange County only. It does not include Commission on Teacher Credentialing clearance.

The Fingerprint Clearing House Consortium was established to maintain fingerprint clearance for all substitutes, part-time employees, and temporary positions at any Orange County school districts. This service is not available for private agencies or non-public schools at this time.

For additional information from the CTC regarding fingerprinting, please click here

Please review the COVID-19 precautions on our main page before visiting our office.

OCDE Fingerprinting services are by appointment only and are available between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Monday through Friday.

The credentials unit is closed from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm daily.

Please call us at (714) 966-4306 if you have any questions.

The Orange County Department of Education is located at:  200 Kalmus Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Once you arrive, please call the credentials team at (714) 966-4306. A credentials technician will meet you at the door and direct you to the Credentials unit.

You will need to bring the following documents with you to the appointment plus the fingerprinting forms listed below:

  • Request for Live Scan Form
  • Valid form of government issued ID:
    • Driver License
    • State ID Card
    • VISA/Passport
  • Fingerprinting Fees: The fees can range from $22 to $71 per transaction. Fees depend on purpose of use; public school use or general purpose.

We are only accepting cash or credit card as an acceptable form of payment at this time.



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