AR Background Clearance Information

Arkansas Background Clearance Information


Arkansas State Police Background clearances are valid for two years from the date of clearance. Background checks through the Utah State Board of Education are valid for five years from the date of clearance. 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.



PCE and DT Fingerprint Clearance requirement

Arkansas background clearance instructions:


Prior to Preclinical Experience (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), order your Arkansas State Police & FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central Registry background checks following the procedures below.




1) Order your Arkansas State Police and FBI background checks, choosing Arkansas Department of Education as the Location and Education, Licensed (Teacher) pre-service as the Reason Fingerprinted. Make the order using these instructions, and print and save the receipt to take to the Live Scan site.

2) Complete a Background Check Consent Form/Fingerprinting Request Form. This form is now completed electronically. Select the bottom "pre-service" option and fill out the form accordingly.

3) Complete your fingerprinting at a Live Scan site. You must take a government issued photo identification, a completed Background Check Consent Form, and a copy of your online receipt with the Transaction Number when you report to the Live Scan site.


Note: Fingerprints must be submitted within fourteen days of the the background check being initiated or your payment will be forfeited.




1) Complete the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry Background Check Order Form and send it with a check or money order for $10.00 to:

Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry

P.O. Box 1437, Slot S 566

Little Rock, Arkansas 72203 

The results of this background check will be reported directly to the Arkansas Department of Education.


DT and Licensing Clearance Information:

Utah Background Check Instructions:
Click here for instructions on ordering your background clearance from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Request a fingerprint packet to be sent to your address. 

Note: You must return the packet to the Utah State Board of Education within 30 days of receipt.

Additional Clearance Information:

Additional Clearance Information 
In certain circumstances, even though you have been cleared for demonstration teaching by WGU, the school district in which you are placed for field experiences may have an additional background check requirement that is not required by WGU. Or, the school district may make a different determination regarding a background clearance. You may be required to provide additional documentation to the school district. If so, you are also required to abide by the school district’s decision of approval or denial of the submitted background clearance information.    

School District Clearance

We are able to accept School District Background Clearances for the State of Arkansas. WGU students currently employed by a school district that cleared them for employment with a fingerprint based background check in the last 5 years may have the option of using their school district clearance in place of the Arkansas required background checks to clear you for WGU field experiences. A school district clearance cannot be used in place of a Utah State Board of Education background check. Please see the School District Background Clearance Article article in this handbook for more information.

Teaching License

We are able to accept teaching licenses for the State of Arkansas for as long as they are valid. This clearance will satisfy the Arkansas ASP, FBI, and Child maltreatment Central Registry background clearances.

ARKANSAS - When the results of your Arkansas background checks have been recorded by the Arkansas Department of Education, upload a screen shot of your clearance to your Field Experience student portal, so background clearance specialists can verify your clearance and enter it into your WGU records. 

UTAH -The USBE will notify you via e-mail when you have been cleared.  Please upload the Clearance letter to your Field Experience student portal, so that WGU's Background Clearance Specialists may verify your clearance and enter it in your WGU Records.   


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




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