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Teacher Certification Program
Black Hall 208-9
(509) 963-2660
teachercertification@cwu.edu

Required for All Field Experiences Courses

Appointment Information

  • The fingerprinting office is located in Black Hall room 208-9 in the NE corner of the second floor. The link provides a map of the second floor and routes to reach the office from either of the main staircases.
  • Process takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Please come by yourself.
  • Completion of the Individual Information Form needs to be done prior to the appointment. The link to this form is also in your confirmation e-mail as well as your reminder e-mail. You only have to do this once. If you cannot complete the form prior to your appointment, arrive ten (10) minutes early to complete it.
  • Present a government issued form of identification (i.e., driver's license, military id or passport). Your CWU Connection Card is NOT an acceptable form of government issued identification.
  • The $80.39 processing fee is only paid if your fingerprints can be transmitted electronically to OSPI. Payment can be made by debit/credit cards or student charge. It is preffered to charge the fee to your CWU account if you are a student or alumni.

Book your appointment online

  • Not local to Ellensburg?

    If you are not able to come to Ellensburg you may be able to get your fingerprints done:

    • At your local Educational Service District and have them electronically sent directly to OSPI.
    • Bellevue Fingerprinting Services has offices in Bellvue, Bothell and Tacoma. Contact them for questions booking an appointment and questions. For an additional fee they will mail your fingerprints directly to OSPI.
  • Send fingerprints to OSPI from private agency or law enforcement.

    If you are completing this task with a Law Enforcement agency or other private companies, plan for the process to take six weeks from the time you request a card to OSPI processing your submission.

    • Request a fingerprint card from oppfp@k12.wa.us to be mailed to you.
    • Bring the card to a private agency or law enforment agency where you will be printed.
    • Mail the completed card and $45.25 (check, money order or cashier's check) made payable to OSPI to:

    OSPI
    Attn: Fiscal Office
    PO BOX 47200
    Olympia, WA 98504-7200

  • Send fingerprints to OSPI from DCYF (Previously DEL)

    1. Complete DCYF (DEL) Background Check Request form(PDF)
    2. You will be mailed 2 copies in sealed envelopes
    3. Mail a sealed copy to OSPI to:

    OSPI
    Attn: Fingerprint Records Office
    Old capitol Building
    PO BOX 47200
    Olympia, WA 98501-7200

  • Additional Information

    Non-traditional candidates and/or candidates who have had specific past careers/hobbies may experience difficulty with fingerprint clearance. You may be asked to return to have your fingers scanned one or more times if the CWU Certification Office is unable to process your prints the first time. Please allow enough time for clearance should this be the case.

  • Disagree with results?

    If you believe the results of your background check from the FBI are not complete or are wrong, you have an opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information by sending a written challenge request to the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division to the following address:

    FBI CJIS Division
    Attn: Correspondence Group
    1000 Custer Hollow Road
    Clarksburg, WV 26306

    Your written request to the FBI should clearly identify the information that you feel is inaccurate or incomplete and should include copies of any available proof or documents that support your claim. The correspondence group will contact appropriate agencies to try to verify or correct challenged entries for you. When the FBI receives official communication from the agency with jurisdiction over the matter, the FBI will make appropriate changes and notify you of the outcome. (This process is described in 28 C.F.R.)

  • Request physical copy of Background Check

    You may complete the OSPI Request Form(PDF) and sumbit it to OSPI to have a hard copy of your background check.

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Updated 8/1/2022