Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Background Check Requirements


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Arkansas State, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central registry background checks, are required for student teaching internship, first time licensure, first employment 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 an online application.  Individual applicants initiating a background check will follow the instructions given on the Online Payments for ASP and FBI document.  School districts need to subscribe to the Arkansas State Police Online Background Check system to be billed for background checks that they initiate. 


The ADE Background Check Consent / Fingerprinting Request Form must be completed.  This form has been modified. All previous consent forms are superseded by this form and should be destroyed.

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  the Arkansas Department of Education, Education Service Cooperatives, and other approved live scan locations.  See the Map of Education Service Cooperatives and List of Approved Live Scan Locations


If electronic fingerprinting is not used or the fingerprints cannot be obtained by electronic fingerprinting, the applicant must complete an application and obtain an ADE preprinted fingerprint card. 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 preprinted check or money order and mailed to the Department of Human Services. 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:

Clara Toney, Public School Program Advisor
Office of Educator Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 106-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-4342
Fax:  501-682-4898

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