Urgent News - Effective 10.01.14: Pre-printed fingerprint cards are no longer accepted. If you or your agency (school district, college/university, etc.) is still using pre-printed fingerprint cards originally supplied by CDE, discontinue using them and destroy them. CBI will be accepting fingerprints submitted on those cards for a very short period of time, then they will be rejecting them. If you want to use the pre-printed cards you will have to place a sticker (do not use white-out) over the OCA with the new OCA code CO920133Z and you will have to use a sticker to cover the old address with our new address as shown below. CDE recommends that you destroy any old pre-printed cards and purchase new blank applicant cards as described below in section 3 of the instructions. We no longer have fingerprint cards at CDE.
Prior to the submission of an application to the Colorado Department of Education each applicant shall submit to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation a complete set of fingerprints, taken by a qualified law enforcement agency, for the purpose of obtaining a fingerprint based criminal history check. This requirement only needs to be met one time for CDE*.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is responsible for receiving and processing fingerprint submissions for background checks. Once processed, they will provide the results only to the agency/organization named in the "Employer and Address" field on the fingerprint card. The results are non-transferable and, therefore, cannot be released by CBI to an organization that is not specifically listed on the fingerprint card (e.g., results for fingerprints submitted for a school district cannot be released to the Colorado Department of Education).
Once your fingerprints have been met, you will see a "Fingerprints - Met" status on your eLicensing account. This status only means that you have met the fingerprint requirements, it does not mean that CDE has cleared your background check.
Note: As part of the background check process, the submitted fingerprints will also be forwarded by the CBI to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). If an applicant wishes to challenge the information contained in either the CBI or the FBI identification record, he or she has the right to do so. Additionally, applicants may request a copy of their national criminal history record from the FBI. For more details on obtaining your criminal history, click here. For details on challenging your criminal history record, click here.
DO NOT mail fingerprint card submissions to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Fingerprint cards must be sent, by you, directly to the CBI for processing along with the fingerprint fee to the above address. If you mail your fingerprints to CDE, your fingerprints will not be processed and will not be returned to you. For security purposes, correspondence sent to CDE will be destroyed. You will then need to complete the process again, submitting your fingerprint card along with the required fee to the CBI.
Once your fingerprint card has been received by the CBI, their processing time is approximately 4-6 weeks. To check your fingerprint status, login to your eLicense account and click on the "Credential Details/Application Status" link on the left hand side. Then click on the Alerts tab. If this field is blank, we have not processed your fingerprint results. It can take 2-3 weeks to process your fingerprints in our system once we have received the results from CBI and from the FBI. The CBI response is only half of the total response required by law.
*Unless you are instructed to complete another set of fingerprints pursuant to state law as required by CDE.