Admission and Licensure Background Checks

  • For Program Admission

All candidates seeking admission to an initial licensure program must complete both parts of the background check process described below as a requirement for program admission.  This process can take 4-6 weeks to complete. Begin this process early so that it does not delay acceptance into the teacher education program.

  • For Initial and Provisional Licenses

Provisional and initial licenses require an approved child maltreatment registry and criminal history check that is less than one year old.  For background checks more than one year old, repeat both parts of the background check process described below.

For more information from the Arkansas Department of Education regarding background checks, click here.

  • For License Renewal

The UCA College of Education is an approved Arkansas Department of Education LiveScan site and can provide this fingerprinting service to currently licensed educators who are completing the license renewal process.  License renewal requires both parts of the background check process detailed below.


For the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry check, submit the application with payment following the directions on the form. The form to submit for child maltreatment registry check is available here.

Notes for completing the Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check:

  • Pre-service and currently licensed teachers, mark Licensed Teacher as the applicant type.
  • Do not complete the section at the bottom of the page that begins with Applicant’s Signature.  That section will be completed in the presence of the notary. (What is a notary? Click here.)
  • You must sign the form in the presence of a notary.
    • You may go to Mashburn 100 (the Dean’s Suite) and request one of the administrative assistants to notarize your form.
    • You may also use notary services available at many banks, post offices, and other locations. Search “Notaries near me” for options.
  • The $10.00 payment (made payable to the Arkansas Department of Human Services) must be either a check or money order.
    • You are strongly encouraged to pay by check so that you have evidence of your payment.
  • Mail your completed form with payment to the address at the top of the page.

Allow 4-6 weeks for your child maltreatment registry check to be approved.  If you have questions or problems, contact the Arkansas Department of Human Services at (501) 682-0405.


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

A.  Pay for your background check.

  • Directions for paying for your LiveScan are available here.
  • The cost for the criminal history background check is $38.25.
  • Access the LiveScan payment site here.
    • UCA teacher education students and UCA faculty/staff select University of Central Arkansas for District/Location and use 8800021 for the Verification Code.
    • Non-UCA students/interns and educators not employed at UCA should contact their school district for the correct location and verification code.
    • All UCA teacher education students select EDUC Teacher (Pre-Service) for Reason for Fingerprinting.
  • 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.
    • Prior to internship for an initial license select Teacher (Pre-Service).
    • Others should select the appropriate choice.
  • Print your consent form and bring it to your LiveScan appointment.

C.  Choose your LiveScan location.

NOTE:  Fingerprinting is suspended until further notice.  We will update the list of sites when more information is available.

NOTE: For those candidate who cannot access a LiveScan fingerprinting site and must use ink fingerprints instead, contact Ms. Clara Toney (information below) for a special ink fingerprint card and the directions to complete that process. Only fingerprints on this special card can be used for ADE background checks.

At your scheduled LiveScan appointment time, bring the following:

  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 your LiveScan appointment at UCA:
  • Email Nancy Ringgold –
  • Call Mrs. Ringgold – (501) 852-0922
  • Visit Mashburn Hall, Room 118
… with the registration process, the payment system, fingerprinting at other locations, general questions, or need help AFTER you have completed LiveScan:
  • Clara Toney, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Email:
  • Telephone:  (501) 682-4342


To verify that your fingerprint background and child maltreatment central registry check has been approved:

  1. Logon to the Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS)
  2. Select View current license information
  3. Look for the Non-Criminal Background Information (NCBC) section.
  4. Only when current “cleared” dates for (1) ASP, (2) FBI, and (3) Central Registry are entered have you completed the background check process.  See the boxes marked in green below.
  5. For licensing, all three of these dates must be less than one (1) year old from the date of licensing.