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Apply for a Certificate of Clearance

Effective Jan. 1, Assembly Bill 1918 requires a Certificate of Clearance on file at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing prior to activation of any Temporary County Certificates. 

To apply for a Certificate of Clearance, applicants must complete Live Scan fingerprinting (41-LS and Clearinghouse) and then apply online at the Commission of Teacher Credentialing website. The fee for this document is $52.50. Once the Certificate of Clearance is granted, the applicant may apply for their first regular credential through our office and claim a $50 fee credit by submitting a copy of the Certificate of Clearance.

Once on the CTC website, follow these steps to apply for a Certificate of Clearance: 

  1. Select "Credentialing Information" and then "Educator Login."
  2. Login by entering User ID and Password or Create a User ID and Password if you are a new user and follow the prompts.
  3. Select – OK and then NEXT.
  4. Edit your personal information if necessary and then click "Save."
  5. Under the section titled "Apply for a Certificate of Clearance or Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate", click "Create New."
  6. Select "Certificate of Clearance or Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate" under General Application Category.
  7. Select "Certificate of Clearance" under Document / Authorization Title.
  8. Select "Next", read the Professional Fitness Question data and click "Next" again.
  9. Read and answer each question before proceeding to payment.
  10. Make payment with debit or credit card.
  11. Print the confirmation of payment screen and retain in your files at least until the document has been granted.
  12. Allow 10 to 15 business days for the Certificate of Clearance to be granted.
  13. Once it is granted, return to the CTC website to print out the document.
  14. Submit a copy of the Certificate of Clearance with your first credential application to receive the $50 fee credit.

Applicants for the 30-day substitute permit will not need to apply for the Certificate of Clearance as the permit is typically granted quickly and does not need a Temporary County Certificate. Applicants for the Child Development permit who are working in a non-public facility will not need to apply for the Certificate of Clearance as they do not need a Temporary County Certificate


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To apply for a Certificate of Clearance, applicants must complete Live Scan fingerprinting (41-LS and Clearinghouse) and then apply online at the Commission of Teacher Credentialing website.

To update your name with the Commission it is necessary to complete and submit form 41-NC along with all the requested documentation. Access the form online, then submit it to our office or send it directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing at 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811-4213.

The CTC no longer prints nor mails a physical document to credential or permit holders. If you need a physical copy of your credential or permit, you will need to print a copy from the CTC website.

The Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, including preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 inclusive, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

Renewing online three months prior to the expiration date usually allows enough time for the document to be granted and downloaded to our payroll system.

SDCOE is currently accepting all paper applications via U.S. mail at 6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 104, San Diego, CA 92111. Please allow approximately 3-4 weeks for processing time.