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Fingerprinting Services

New York State law requires that certain types of school employees undergo a criminal background check and file their fingerprints with the State Education Department and FBI. The New York City Charter School Center can electronically scan and submit fingerprints so that new hires can obtain clearance within 48 hours.


  1. Self-register, create a TEACH account with the New York State Education Department, submit a TEACH application for fingerprint clearance and pay the corresponding $91.50 fee.
  2. Pay $30 to the NYC Charter School Center through PayPal using a credit card. (You do not need a Paypal account to make the payment.)
  3. Schedule a fingerprint appointment using our online calendar.
  4. Bring a government-issued photo ID and proof of your 2 online payments when you come to your appointment.


This guide should be used by charter school staff that want to be fingerprinted at the New York City Charter School Center.

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