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 (CTC) 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. View this document from the CTC for more details. To watch a video from the CTC about applying for a Certificate of Clearance, click here.
Once on the CTC website, follow these steps to apply for a Certificate of Clearance:
- Select "Credentialing Information" and then "Educator Login" on right of page
- Login by entering User ID and Password or Create a User ID and Password if you are a new user and follow the prompts
- Select – OK and then NEXT
- Edit your personal information if necessary and then click "Save"
- Under the section titled "Apply for a Certificate of Clearance or Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate", click "Create New"
- Select "Certificate of Clearance or Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate" under General Application Category
- Select "Certificate of Clearance" under Document/Authorization Title
- Select "Next", read the Professional Fitness Question data and click "Next" again
- Read and answer each question before proceeding to payment
- Make payment with debit or credit card
- Print the confirmation of payment screen and retain in your files at least until the document has been granted
- Allow 10 to 15 business days for the Certificate of Clearance to be granted
- Once it is granted, return to the CTC website to print out the document
- 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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