Fingerprint Card/Employment Verification
If you are not currently employed in a certified position in an Alaska Public School District, you must submit one (1) fingerprint card with your application.
You must have your fingerprints rolled or scanned by a trained technician. The technician must sign and date each card in the appropriate spaces on the fingerprint card. All personal information must be filled in on the card, including signature, residence, citizenship, sex, height, weight, race, eye color, date of birth, and place of birth.
If you need fingerprint card, email the teacher certification office at firstname.lastname@example.org and request one card to be sent to you.
Criminial History Reports / Background Clearances
The Teacher Certification Office cannot accept criminal history reports completed by other entities, including other states and countries. For the purpose of certification in Alaska, criminal history reports must be completed by the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
If there is an error on your criminal history report, you may request the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) correct the information. To begin the correction process, you must complete and submit a Request to Correct Criminal Justice Information form. If the information believed to be inaccurate or incomplete in your criminal history was, or will be used to deny a right or privilege, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has 5 days to respond to the request or to forward it to the agency responsible for maintaining the requested criminal history information. If you have documentation on your criminal case, please be prepared to provide a copy at the time you request a correction to your record. It may help to expedite your request. One of the most common correction requests is to locate missing disposition information. More information concerning criminal history reports can be located at
If you currently hold Alaska certification and are employed in a certified position in an Alaska Public School District, instead of a fingerprint card, you may submit a photocopy of your contract for the current school year or a letter from the employing school district office to verify your certified employment.
FOR RENEWAL OR REINSTATEMENT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
Submit employment verification for the current school year.
FOR RENEWAL OR REINSTATEMENT DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
Applications submitted prior to July 1st must include employment verification from the previous school year.
Applications submitted after July 1st must include employment verification for the following school year.