Background Check Procedure

Background checks are valid for a period of five years before licensure. If you don’t complete your program within the five year period, you will have to complete another background check. Cleared background checks are required for licensure. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will not accept copies of background checks done elsewhere, including school districts. You will be notified by email when your background application is complete by the USBE. Please attach that email to your Teacher Education Application. Only on-line background check applications will be accepted by the USBE.

Once you have been recommended to the USBE for licensure, you will not be required to complete another background check as long as you keep your license active. If your license expires, you will be required to complete another background check. (Cards are no longer accepted.) Questions? Please call Lisa Christensen at 435-797-1443 or email at


Initial License

Go to and click on the Background Check button. Click on ‘Initial License’. Follow the online instructions.



Once you have completed the online application, you will receive an email with a pdf attached which is the authorization form. Print this form and take it with you to your LiveScan fingerprinting appointment at the USU Police Department. You will not be able to have your fingers scanned unless you have this form. If you do not receive the authorization form within 48 hours, please check your junk mail and spam folders for an email from since it sometimes ends up in one of these email folders. If you still cannot find it, you can email Stephanie at and she can resend it.


DPS Appointment

Make an appointment with the USU Police Department at They are located at 1250 North 850 East, Logan, UT. The fingerprinting fee is $30

Your background check is not complete until you've had your fingers scanned
USBE has a 60-day time limit on your background check request. If you do not have your fingers scanned within 60 days, you will have to restart the application on the USBE website.