Act 455 of 2013 established that all educators must clear FBI and Arkansas State Police background checks and submit a release of information from the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry. Background and child maltreatment registry checks must be no less than one (1) year old when a license is issued or renewed.
Early Field Experience Background Check
Prior to any field experience, undergraduate and MAT candidates must have a background check. For early field experiences, candidates can use the StudentConnect system. Information for completing that background check is included in the forms below. At the same time, candidates should complete the field experience waiver that is included. All signed documents should be submitted to Nancy Ringgold in the Teaching and Learning department.
NOTE: The StudentConnect background check is not valid for licensure. For licensure, candidates must complete the Arkansas State Police and FBI fingerprint background check.,
Arkansas State Police & FBI
For more information from the Arkansas Department of Education regarding background checks, click here.
The LiveScan system for background checks is now available at all Arkansas Education Service Cooperatives and the Arkansas Department of Education. (We recommend using the Arkansas Department of Education for your LiveScan. To use the co-op, you should call ahead and schedule an appointment.) This system typically provides results in 24 hours or less. To use LiveScan, you must pay in advance and present your receipt to the co-op or ADE within 14 days of your payment.
For directions on paying for your LiveScan background check, click here.
To submit a fingerprint card directly to the Arkansas State Police for processing, visit the Office of Candidate Services (OCS) in Mashburn 119 for more information.
For questions about your background checks, contact Clara Toney at the Arkansas Department of Education.
Child Maltreatment Central Registry
For clearance from the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry, submit the application with payment following the directions on the form. Notice that this form must be notarized. Also, you are strongly encouraged to pay by check so that you have evidence of your payment.
The form to submit for child maltreatment registry check is available here.
Allow 4-5 weeks for your Child Maltreatment registry check to clear. If you have questions or problems, contact the Arkansas Department of Human Services at (501) 682-0405.
Arkansas Educator Licensure System
To verify that your background checks have cleared, use the Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS). To access your record, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number and your last name. Leave Case I.D. blank!