AK Background Clearance Information

Alaska Background Clearance Information


Background checks submitted for clearance in Alaska must be fewer than two years old on the end date of your field placement to meet WGU requirements. All background checks that will expire before the end date of your field placement will need to be renewed by the background clearance deadline set for your cohort.


FBI Clearance Information:

If you have lived in states other than Alaska after age 18, you will need to get a FBI national background check in addition to an Alaska state check. 


1) Order a background check from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by following these instructions

2) Have the background check results sent to you, and forward a copy to WGU via email (tcbackgroundcheck@wgu.edu) or fax (801-401-7961).

PCE Clearance Information: Before being cleared for Preclinical Experiences, Alaska students must complete a state background check through the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Please complete the Request for Criminal Justice Information from Record Subject form.  Include a check or money order for the fee amount, payable to the State of Alaska, and submit your request to:

          Criminal Records and Identification Bureau
          5700 E. Tudor Road
          Anchorage, AK 99507
Once the form is submitted, results are generally completed in one or two business days. The results of your background check will be sent to you via email, and can be faxed if requested. You will then need to forward a copy to WGU at the contact information below.
DT Clearance Information: Alaska requires students who will complete Demonstration Teaching to obtain a Student Teaching Permit.  Follow the instructions in the Alaska Student Teacher Form Required Prior to DT article in the student handbook two months before your intended DT start date.
School District Clearance
 We cannot accept School District Background Clearances for the State of Alaska. You will need to complete the clearance through the Department of Public Safety if you are employed with a school district in Alaska.
Teaching License We are able to accept teaching licenses for the State of Alaska for as long as they are valid. This clearance will satisfy the Alaska Department of Public Safety clearance and the need for a Student Teaching Permit.

Upload your background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE Background Clearance and DT Background Clearance. 

For more information on WGU's background check policy see the General Background Clearance Information.  Background questions please contact WGU Background Specialists at tcbackgroundcheck@wgu.edu or call 866-889-0132 option 3.









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