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.
As of August 3, 2015, the fingerprinting verification process is operated by IdentoGO. The fingerprint application fee is $99.70. When visiting the IdentoGO website to set up your appointment, you may be prompted for an ORI number, which is "TEACH." Follow the website instructions to find out which forms of identification to bring to the appointment with you.
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 OSPRA@mail.nysed.gov.