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Credential Services

Our Response to COVID-19:

Due to COVID-19, our offices are only accepting appointments for Credentialing and Livescan Services at the Linda Vista location only. We will not be accepting walk-ins. To make a credential appointment, please email us at Be sure to check our website for checklists or email us prior to coming in, we will require another appointment for incomplete applications. For fingerprint services, please see our Fingerprint website for appointments and fingerprint information. Thank you.  


SDCOE, 6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 104, San Diego, CA 92111

Processing time is approximately 2 weeks.

First Time Substitute Permits — Please submit the required materials to our email at sdcred@sdcoe.netClick here for a list of required materials. Official Electronic Transcripts must be sent directly from the university to our email. If your university does not offer electronic transcripts, you may have them send hard copies to SDCOE, 6401 Linda Vista Road, Credentials Room 104, San Diego, CA 92111.

Teaching and Service Credentials — If currently employed, please submit your application through your district/charter if possible. All employer driven documents (STSP, PIP, GELAP, SELAP, Waivers, etc.) must be submitted through your employer. Otherwise, please submit all materials via US mail to SDCOE, 6401 Linda Vista Road, Credentials - Room 104, San Diego, CA 92111. Prior to sending, please click the link(s) below for information and checklists on your specific credential. Processing time is approximately 2 weeks. We will not be providing same day Temporary Permits during this time. Temporary Permits will be mailed/emailed once the applications are processed in the order we receive it. 

The San Diego County Office of Education Credentials Department is the local agency that provides the following services to school districts, charter schools, universities and individuals:

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is the state agency that issues California credentials. Click the links below for more information on:

If you need to register your credential with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), call us at 858-298-2194. Using your social security number and date of birth, a credential technician will locate your credential at the CTC website and ​record it in the SDCOE payroll system.

San Diego County Office Of Education

Address: 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111
               Room 104/105
Phone:    858-298-2194

Credentials (Room 104)

Appointments only: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Email for Appointment

Live Scan Fingerprinting (Room 105)

Appointment only: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.​

Use appointment calendar for fingerprinting

North County Regional Education Center (NCREC) - Currently CLOSED 

Address: 255 Pico Ave., San Marcos, CA 92069
               Room 102
Phone:    858-298-2194

Hours: Currently CLOSED 

(See appointment calendar for availability at our main campus only)

Click below for a:

Credential Appointment

Fingerprint Appointment