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Fingerprinting Verification

New York State law requires the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability to conduct fingerprint-supported criminal history background checks for applicants for certification and all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and BOCES.

The state is phasing out its former paper-based fingerprinting verification processes in favor of a new live scan system operated by MorphoTrust. Anyone who has not already begun the fingerprinting verification process should visit the MorphoTrust website to schedule an appointment to begin the process.

Those who have already begun the paper-based process should ensure their fingerprints are approved by the state by July 15, 2015, by viewing their TEACH Account (see below). If that process is not complete by July 15, you will be required to repeat the process with MorphoTrust and pay all fees again.

TEACH Account

The New York State Education (NYSED) TEACH system administers all information relating to certification. Current and prospective teachers have an account through which they submit their educational credentials, fingerprint clearance and other required information. If you are a student who has not yet created an account, please log in to get started. Your fingerprint clearance and status may only be monitored through your TEACH account. Be sure to save your log-in information because you will be using your TEACH account to apply for your certificate and will continue to use it throughout your career.

If you have any questions about your status you must contact New York State directly at 518-473-2998 or


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