Return to Normal View

DOE Homepage Students Educators Community Family Administrators and Staff MyFlorida.com

Florida Department of Education

DOE Home

Educator Certification

 

  Educator Certification  

Text Index Google Custom Search

Step 4: Submitting Fingerprints for Certification

Employees of Public Schools

Employees of Florida traditional and charter public schools have fingerprints taken through the school district's personnel office for employment and certification purposes.

  • If the results of your fingerprints are clear, your certificate is issued within 30 days of our Bureau's receipt of your district's request.
  • If the results of your fingerprint processing reflect any criminal offense record or if you reported a record on your application for a Florida Educator's Certificate, your application will be referred to Professional Practices Services for review. That office will contact you regarding information needed to review your records for determination of eligibility for a certificate. Issuance of your certificate will be pending the results of this review.
  • If your fingerprint results were rejected due to being illegible, you will be notified in writing with additional instructions.

Employees of Nonpublic Schools

Individuals who hold a Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE) verifying eligibility for a Florida Temporary Certificate may be issued a Florida certificate if the employing nonpublic school has a state-approved program for demonstration of professional education competence (PEC).

  • If you are employed in an approved nonpublic school, follow the required fingerprint processing instructions and consult with your employer. Upon completion of the specific certification fingerprint requirements, your school administrator will forward a request to issue your certificate either directly to our Bureau or to the accrediting association to which your school belongs.
  • If the results of your fingerprints are clear, your certificate is issued within 30 days of our Bureau's receipt of the cleared records from both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • If the results of your fingerprint processing reflect any criminal offense record or if you reported a record on your application for a Florida Educator's Certificate, your application will be referred to Professional Practices Services for review. That office will contact you regarding information needed to review your records for determination of eligibility for a certificate. Issuance of your certificate will be pending the results of this review.
  • For more information, please refer to the fingerprint processing instructions.
  • If your fingerprint results were rejected due to being illegible, you will be notified in writing with additional instructions.

Individuals Not Seeking Florida Employment

The Florida Temporary Certificate is not issued until the individual is employed in a Florida school and his/her fingerprints have been cleared. Please see the above sections entitled Employees of Public Schools and Employees of Nonpublic Schools for additional information.

The individual who is a citizen of the United States and holds a Statement of Status of Eligibility verifying eligibility for a Florida Professional Certificate is issued the certificate after his/her fingerprints have been cleared. The U.S. citizen, eligible for the Professional Certificate, who is not seeking employment in Florida or has an immediate need for issuance of the Professional Certificate should follow the fingerprint processing instructions.

Please note: If an individual chooses to have his/her fingerprints processed prior to Florida employment for issuance of the Professional Certificate, it may be necessary to have the fingerprints reprocessed, and the individual may have to pay a second processing fee as a condition of employment in a Florida public school.

  • Carefully follow the fingerprint processing instructions
  • If the results of your fingerprints are clear, your Professional Certificate is issued within 30 days of our Bureau's receipt of the cleared records from both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • If the results of your fingerprint processing reflect any criminal offense record or if you reported a record on your application for a Florida Educatorís Certificate, your application will be referred to Professional Practices Services for review. That office will contact you regarding information needed to review your records for determination of eligibility for a certificate. Issuance of your Professional Certificate will be pending the results of this review.
  • For more information, please refer to the fingerprint processing instructions.
  • If your fingerprint results were rejected due to being illegible, you will be notified in writing with additional instructions.

< Go Back to Step 3   |   Apply for Your Certificate

Contact Educator Certification