Background Check Requirements
Arkansas State Police, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central registry background checks, are required for student teaching internship, first time licensure, first time or change of employment, and all renewals.
All paperwork for the required background checks may be secured through the Office of Educator Licensure, local school districts, and Licensure Officers in the Education Departments of all Arkansas four-year colleges/universities.
The Child Maltreatment Central Registry background check is handled separately from the criminal history check, using the Child Maltreatment Central Registry Background Check Form.
You may begin the Arkansas State Police and FBI criminal history background check online by using electronic fingerprinting (LIVE SCAN LOCATIONS IN ARKANSAS ONLY) and online application. Follow the instructions given on the Online Payments for ASP and FBI document.
Bring the receipt from the online payment, which has a transaction number, and a Government-issued photo I.D. to the Live Scan site.
Live Scans for electronic fingerprinting are located at all education service cooperatives and also at the Arkansas Department of Education.
If electronic fingerprinting is not used or the fingerprints cannot be obtained by electronic fingerprinting, the applicant must complete an application and obtain a fingerprint card. All paperwork for the required background checks may be secured through the Office of Educator Licensure and local school districts, which will be sent to the Arkansas State Police at the address listed on the back of the application. Note that a background check using a fingerprint card will take longer to process.
The appropriate fee must accompany the applicatons.
Payment for the Child Maltreatment Central Registry background check is handled separately from the ASP and FBI background check, and is made by check or money order. Please follow the instructions on the Child Maltreatment Background Check form noted above.
Payment for the online ASP and FBI background checks may be made online by debit or credit card, as instructed in the link provided above for for Instructions for Background Checks Online Payment.
For more information, please contact:
- Online Payments for ASP and FBI Posted 7/30/2014 pdf
- FAQ for Background Checks and Child Maltreatment Posted 6/19/2014 pdf
- Child Maltreatment Central Registry Background Check Form Posted 2/19/2014 pdf
- Rules Governing Background Checks and License Revocation Posted 1/22/2014 pdf
- Disqualifying Offenses for Licensure/Public School Employment Posted 12/13/2013 pdf