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Teacher Certification

College of Education and Professional Studies

Fingerprinting Information

To Schedule an Appointment for Fingerprinting:

Please call 509-963-2661 or stop by Black Hall, Room 228-18 to schedule an appointment and obtain the necessary paperwork.

The fingerprinting process will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Please schedule an appointment when you have the appropriate time. Please do not bring children with you.

Fingerprinting appointments fill quickly, therefore, if you are unable to keep your fingerprinting appointment, please notify our office at 509-963-2661 immediately. If you are more than 15 minutes late or do not show up for your appointment and do not notify our office in advance, you will not be able to reschedule your appointment. You will need to contact an Educational Service District to schedule an appointment.

Prior to Your Appointment for Fingerprinting:

Each individual who needs fingerprinting must complete the Individual Information Form for Electronic Fingerprinting prior to the fingerprinting appointment. If you do not have the form completed prior to your appointment, please arrive ten (10) minutes early to complete it.

You will need to have government issued form of identification with you (i.e., driver's license, military id or passport) and present it at the time of your appointment. The CWU Connection Card is not acceptable as government issued form of identification.

The information on the form will be entered into the electronic system to initiate the fingerprinting process. Failure to fill out or complete the form will result in no prints being taken.

There are fees associated with the fingerprint process. Your CWU student account may be charged the $68.50 fingerprinting fee (must present your CWU ID card before your account can be charged) or you may pay by check for the exact amount. If you do not have a CWU student account, the CWU Certification Office can only accept a check for the exact amount of the fingerprinting fee. We do not accept cash or debit/credit cards.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.


The total fee for electronic fingerprinting services for certification candidates is $80.39. 

The Inspirus Credit Union (formerly School Employees Credit Union) has graciously donated funds to help support future educators by covering the cost ($80.39) associated with having fingerprint clearance for student teaching purposes.

CWU Teacher Certification candidates may download the Fingerprinting Voucher Application form and submit it to the CWU Teacher Certification Office by the specified deadline on the voucher application.

If selected to receive a voucher, the recipient must submit, to the CWU Teacher Certification Office, a hand-written thank you note to the donor prior to receiving the funds.


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 as described below.

Send a written challenge request to the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division by writing 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.)

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