DE Background Clearance Information

Delaware Background Clearance Information


Background checks submitted for clearance in Delaware 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 Delaware after age 18, you will need to get a FBI national background check in addition to a Certified Delaware Criminal History Report. 


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

PCE and DT Fingerprint Clearance Information:

Prior to Preclinical Experiences you will need to obtain a Certified Delaware Criminal History Report.  


These fingerprint based background checks are obtained in person at one of the three Delaware State Bureau of Identification Offices in Kent, Sussex, or New Castle counties, and require a valid driver's license or other state photo ID. Call ahead for an appointment at either the Sussex or New Castle offices.


Depending on current workflows, background check results may be returned immediately or forwarded to you as soon as operationally possible. Submit your background check results using the information below.



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 Delaware Criminal History Report. Please see the School District Background Clearance Article in this handbook for more information.


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



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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