Fingerprint records and background checks are required by Washington State
- Applicants who do not possess a valid Washington teaching
certificate at the time of application (RCW 28A.410.010)
- New employees of a school district, an educational service district,
state school for the deaf, state school for the blind, and their contractors
who have regularly unsupervised access to children be fingerprinted for a
background record check. (RCW 28A.400.303)
In addition, the law authorizes approved private schools to require their employees with regularly unsupervised access to children be fingerprinted for a background record check. (RCW 28A.195.080)
The background record check consists of a check through the Washington
State Patrol (WSP) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
The results of the WSP and FBI background check are forwarded to OSPI and are
entered into an online Educational Data System (EDS). All school districts, educational service districts, private schools, BIA-funded Native American schools, colleges, and universities in Washington
state have access to the EDS and are able to view the results of the WSP and FBI background record check.
Criminal history conviction information reported from the WSP and/or FBI of all school district, private schools and educational service district (ESD) employees is
returned to the appropriate agency after the criminal history report is processed by our office.
Take a tour through the Fingerprint Records site by clicking though the links to information and resources on the right-hand side of each page.