A fingerprint-based background check is required for individuals who apply for the first time to have a DCYF background check clearance. The Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act was signed into law in 2014 and became effective in 2016. States were given waivers through Sept. 30, 2021, to comply with the expanded background check requirements. Everyone now must complete fingerprints and reprint no less than every five years as required by the CCDBG Act. If DCYF has no fingerprint history for an applicant they will be required to complete the fingerprint requirement. Fingerprints are sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a nationwide criminal history background check. Applicants who are fingerprinted will also have the basic WSP criminal history background check performed.
DCYF contracts with IdentoGO byMorphoTrust to conduct the fingerprint process. When fingerprints are required, the applicant will receive an email with a fingerprint appointment form attached. Follow the instructions on the form to schedule an appointment.