Admission and Licensure Background Checks

Do not assume that background checks completed for other reasons meet the requirement for teacher education admissions or licensure.
Only background checks completed following the steps listed below meet the requirements for teacher education admission and licensing. Background checks completed for other reasons or using other processes will not substitute for completing this background check.

If you are not sure if you have completed the required background check process…

Follow the directions here to check your record in the licensure database. If you do not have an approved background check recorded in the licensure database, then you must complete this process.

NOTICE: There are two (2) parts to the background check process —

  • Part 1: Child maltreatment central registry check

  • Part 2: Criminal history records check (fingerprinting)


Before beginning, consider opening a second browser window so that you can see these directions while you complete the process detailed below.

Click the button below for the directions and forms to submit an Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry check request.

Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check

Stage 1: Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry Form Generator

  • Select You are a teacher, a pre-service teacher, … (the first choice)
  • Under Education Information
    • Select Licensed teacher for Applicant Type.
    • Pre-service teachers/interns should skip the remaining boxes under Education Information.
    • Do NOT alter the email address in this section.
  • Complete the Applicant Information section.
  • Submit Form.

Your completed form will be emailed to you.  Print all pages of this form and take it to a notaryYou must sign this form in the presence of the notary.  Free notary services are available in the College of Education Dean’s Suite – Mashburn 100.

Scanning Your Form

Once your form is signed and notarized, scan the form as a .pdf so that you have a file to upload in the next step. If you do not have access to a scanner, you can use your mobile device.  This website provides directions for both Android and iOS.

If you need assistance scanning/uploading your form, go to Mashburn 121.

Stage 2: Upload your form

Click the button above to return to the Child Maltreatment Central Registry check site. Click the link to upload a single request.

  • Select You are a teacher, a pre-service teacher, … (the first choice)
    • Select Licensed teacher for Applicant Type.
    • For RESULTS SHOULD BE RELEASED TO section, enter this information:
      • Company – Dept. of Education [Do not alter this information.]
      • Contact Name – Arkansas Department of Education
      • Contact Email Address –
    • Complete all information in the APPLICANT INFORMATION section.
    • Under Notarized Request File, upload ALL pages of the signed/notarized form created in Stage 1.

Stage 3: Fee payment

  • After uploading and submitting your signed/notarized form, you will be directed to the fee payment site.
  • Pay and submit your form.
  • The fee is $10.00 + $2.00 service charge ($12.00 total).


If you have problems accessing the form, using the payment system, or any other problems/questions with this process, contact the Arkansas Department of Human Services directly.

To see if you have a cleared child maltreatment registry check that is valid for admissions/licensing, go HERE.


Before beginning, consider opening a second browser window so that you can see these directions while you complete the process detailed below.

Follow the steps below to complete your criminal history background check using the LiveScan system:

A.  To pay for your background check click HERE.

  • The cost for the criminal history background check is $38.25.
  • School District/Location
    • UCA teacher education students and UCA faculty/staff, select University of Central Arkansas.
    • TheVerification Code for UCA is 8800021. 
  • Reason for Fingerprinting 
    • All UCA teacher education students select EDUC Teacher (Pre-Service).
  • Non-UCA students and educators not employed at UCA should contact their school district for the correct location and verification code.
  • Print your payment receipt and bring it to your LiveScan appointment.

B.  Complete the background check consent form available HERE.

  • Be sure to select the correct reason for your background check.
    • All UCA students should select Teacher (Pre-Service).
    • Others should select the appropriate choice.
  • On the next page, select IHE with EPP: University of Central Arkansas as employer.
  • Complete the information requested.
  • Print your consent form and bring it to your LiveScan appointment.

C.  Choose your LiveScan location.

  • To be fingerprinted at UCA in Mashburn Hall, click HERE to schedule an appointment.
    Fingerprinting is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
  • To be fingerprinted in Little Rock at the Arkansas Department of Education, schedule your appointment here.
  • For a list of other locations in Arkansas, click here.  All fingerprinting locations are by appointment only.  Contact the site for available appointment times.

If you are not in Arkansas and cannot access a LiveScan fingerprinting location:

  • Candidates who are outside of Arkansas and cannot access a LiveScan fingerprinting site must submit ink fingerprints instead.
  • Candidates in Arkansas MUST fingerprint using the LiveScan system.
  • Contact Ms. Clara Toney (information below) for a special ink fingerprint card and the directions to complete that process.
  • Fingerprinting for educator preparation or licensing must be completed using the card provided by the Arkansas Department of Education. Fingerprints submitted on any other card will be rejected.


  1. Your printed payment receipt (from item A above)
  2. Your printed consent form (from item B above)
  3. Your government issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)


… with the registration process, the payment system, fingerprinting at other locations, rejected fingerprints, general questions, or need help AFTER you have completed LiveScan:

  • Clara Toney, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Email:
  • Telephone:  (501) 682-4342