Fingerprinting for Iowa and national criminal history checks is required for initial licensure application to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE), unless the applicant previously has been fingerprinted for a BoEE coaching, substitute, or other authorization. Fingerprinting for other states or jurisdictions, or for employment, will not substitute for this requirement. Payment for the background check will be made online and is part of the application fees.

First, apply for the license

Complete the online application to Board of Educational Examiners. Find directions from one of the following web pages:

Arrange to be fingerprinted

While completing the Checklist, step 3, Eligibility and Background, select the preferred method of fingerprinting. The four options are outlined below.

Held the semester before student teaching, Fingerprinting Day is the preferred method to be fingerprinted for Iowa licensure. BoEE staff will come to campus to electronically scan fingerprints for the next semester’s licensure applicants.

  • Complete the online license application with the BoEE. While completing the Checklist, step 3, select “My Iowa College/AEA has arranged my fingerprinting.”
  • Schedule an appointment for Fingerprinting Day. Watch email for instructions on how to schedule.
  • Bring to Fingerprinting appointment:
    • Completed BoEE Electronic Fingerprinting Worksheet. Watch email for the worksheet.
    • Proof of payment (show email or printed receipt)
    • State-issued identification that includes a photo (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • On Fingerprint Day, the appointment should take about 10 minutes.

You can be fingerprinted by the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety (University of Iowa Police).  Offices are located in the basement of the University Capitol Centre (UCC). Take the Capitol Street Garage elevators at the south end of the University Capitol Centre to the basement.

Review the Fingerprinting Services Information prior to your appointment. (link to https://police.uiowa.edu/services/fingerprint-services )

  • Complete the online license application with the BoEE. While completing the Checklist, step 3, select “Please mail me a fingerprint packet.”
  • Call at least one day in advance to schedule and appointment: 319-355-5022.
  • Bring to fingerprinting appointment:
    • You may be required to wear a face covering.
    • Fingerprint cards: do not write on the cards prior to the appointment.
    • Credit card or debit card (Mastercard, Visa, or Discover) to pay $10 fee
    • State-issued identification that includes a photo (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Both you and the fingerprinting officer are required to sign the cards.
  • Mail the completed cards to: BoEE/Application Materials, 701 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

Licensure applicants not in the Iowa City area may be fingerprinted by an authorized fingerprinter at any police department.

Contact the police department in advance to learn how to arrange for fingerprinting and what materials to bring at the time of fingerprinting.

  • Complete the online license application with the BoEE. While completing the Checklist, step 3, select “Please mail me a fingerprint packet.”
  • Bring to Fingerprinting appointment:
    • You may be required to wear a face covering.
    • Fingerprint cards: do not write on the cards prior to the appointment.
    • Fees may be charged. Verify accepted method of payment prior to arriving.
    • State-issued identification that includes a photo (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Both you and the fingerprinting officer are required to sign the cards.
  • Mail the completed cards to: BoEE/Application Materials, 701 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

You may be electronically fingerprinted at the BoEE office: 701 E. Court Ave., Des Moines.

  • Complete the online license application with the BoEE. While completing the Checklist, step 3, select “I will come to the Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE) in Des Moines for fingerprinting.”
  • Follow the directions you receive to schedule and prepare for a fingerprinting appointment.

Tips/Info

  • The federal background check based on your fingerprints takes 4-6 weeks. Submit your application and plan fingerprinting accordingly to receive your teaching license when needed.
  • Complete two fingerprint cards and return both to the BoEE.
  • Be sure that both you and the fingerprinting officer have signed the fingerprint cards.

Upcoming Fingerprint Events

  • Monday, December 13, 2021, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, May 9, 2022, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm