Fingerprinting for Certification

All candidates applying for certification must be cleared by the New York State Education Department through a fingerprint-supported criminal history background check. This includes all applicants for certification, as well as all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES).

  • Go to or call (877) 472-6915
  • Click on “Digital Fingerprinted” find a location and schedule a Digital Fingerprinting appointment
  • At the prompt “Enter service code to get started” Click “Contact Your Agency or Click Here”
  • Select “New York”
  • The ORI code is “TEACH”
  • Select “Certification Application”