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Background Check

All students admitted to the Teacher Education program must pass a background check
for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) prior to beginning program coursework.

Important Steps to Obtain Background Check

You MAY NOT participate in required field experiences UNTIL your background check has cleared. Failure to receive clearance in a timely manner could delay you a semester or more in the program, as you will have to repeat the semester to complete field experiences.

Your admissions letter will give you instructions on the clearance process. Please make sure you read it carefully.

To complete the Teacher Education background check process:

  1. Visit the USBE Background Check website to start the process.
  2. Click on initial licensure and continue through the step by step process.
  3. Print out the authorization letter. This letter MUST be submitted at the time of your scheduled fingerprinting appointment.  Do not skip this step!
  4. Make arrangements to visit a USBE Live Scan site:
    Utah Educator LiveScan Fingerprint Sites



5. You will recceive an email from USBE when your background check       clears at the email you provided to them.  Processing times can vary   from 1-6  weeks, please plan accordingly.


If you started a USBE background check online at Educator Licensing Online after July 1, 2015, it is now being continuously monitored. Another check will not be necessary unless your Utah Educator License expires or there is no activity on your CACTUS record after one calendar year for earning a Utah Educator License.


For answers to questions about what you need to do to be fingerprinted, please contact the individual associated with your specific educational program: