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Fingerprinting Services

Our offices are accepting appointments only for Livescan Services. We will not be accepting walk-ins. Please make an appointment here. Our schedule is very limited and appointments fill up very quickly. If you are printing for 2 separate agencies (like CTC's 41-LS and SDCOE's Clearinghouse), you will need to make 2 appointments. If you need prints done right away, or are unable to book an appointment, you may go to any Livescan facility on this approved DOJ list: https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations. If you have made an appointment at our office and are unable to attend, please cancel the appointment to give the spot to another applicant. Please email us for any questions about Credentials, Fingerprinting or appointments. Thank you.  

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Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 1918 requires a Certificate of Clearance on file at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing prior to activation of any Temporary County Certificates. 

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

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 regular credential/permit through our office and claim a $50 fee credit by submitting a copy of the Certificate of Clearance. View this document for further information. To watch a video from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing about applying for a Certificate of Clearance, click here.

​​Live Scan electronic fingerprinting services are currently available at two locations​. You must make an appointment as we do not have walk-in hours. Please check ahead for holiday office closures as noted on the appointment calendar.

San Diego County Office Of Education

Address: 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111-7399​

Room 105

Appointments Only: M-F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.​​ 

​See appointment calendar for availability.​​

Phone: 858-298-2194


North County Regional Education Center 

Address: 255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069​

Room 102

Appointments Only: Tue/Thu 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.​​ 

​See appointment calendar for availability.​​

Phone: 858-298-2194


Please bring the following to your appointment

  • Fingerprint Forms
    • Two copies of the Live Scan Form (photocopy service may not be available.)  If you are being fingerprinted for your employer, they will provide you with the appropriate Live Scan forms.
  • Payment
    • Money order, cashier's check payable to SDCOE or Credit Card ($3 processing fee). Fees listed on the appointment page. The fingerprint fee is separate from an application fee for a credential, certificate or permit. 
  • Valid Identification

Fingerprinting Requirements

California public school employees must be fingerprinted and a criminal background clearance must be received by the employing school district and county office prior to new employees rendering paid service. 

Individuals who have been convicted of serious and/or violent crimes are precluded from being hired by California public school districts. Individuals who are awaiting trial for serious and/or violent crimes are also precluded from rendering service in California public schools until the matter has been legally concluded. 

Credential applicants who have not previously been fingerprinted for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) through a college or university, other County Office of Education in California, or by means of fingerprint cards sent directly to the CTC, must submit fingerprints using the 41-LS Fingerprint Form.

Substitute teachers with valid California teaching credentials or permits who have only been fingerprinted for the CTC and who are working in more than one district in San Diego County should be fingerprinted using the San Diego County Schools Fingerprint Clearinghouse Request for Live Scan Service Form. This allows the substitute to seek employment in all 42 districts in San Diego County without being printed again for each district. 

The 41-LS Fingerprint Form and the Clearinghouse Live Scan forms are available in PDF format. These two forms are available online for ease of downloading at the time a fingerprint appointment is made. Please bring two copies.

The 41-LS Fingerprint Form is for first time credential, emergency substitute permit or child development permit applicants seeking a fingerprint clearance for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. To obtain a Temporary County Certificate, you must have the Clearinghouse Fingerprints (see below).  The fee is $76 but will increase to $77 as of 7/1/2021.

Clearinghouse is for applicants seeking part-time or limited term employment in any public school district in San Diego County only. It does not include Commission on Teacher Credentialing clearance. The fee is $59 for DOJ only or $76 for DOJ & FBI but will increase to $60 and $77 as of 7/1/2021. Clearinghouse with FBI is primarily used for classified employees such as Walk-on-Coaches or Interns. 

Live Scan services are also provided for school districts, charter schools and other agencies (fees vary). You may select from the appropriate drop down menu.

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