HI Background Clearance Information

Hawaii Background Clearance Information

All background checks submitted to the WGU certification office must be less than two years old to meet WGU requirements. Previously submitted background checks that will be over two years old by the end date of your Demonstration Teaching will need to be renewed by the background clearance deadline set for your cohort.


Prior to Preclinical Experience (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), WGU students in Hawaii need to complete a background criminal history records check from the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center before PCE or when applying to DT. The preferred option is to complete the fingerprint-based clearance. To do so, go to this page, download and complete the "Request for Criminal History Record Check" request form, be sure your request is for "PERSONAL REVIEW", complete fingerprinting at a local police station, and mail the form, fingerprint card and fee to:

Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center

Attn: CHRC
465 S. King Street, Room 102
Honolulu, HI 96813


If you are unable to complete the fingerprint-based clearance you may obtain an instant criminal history record check online at http://ecrim.ehawaii.gov. The criminal history record report will be emailed once payment is received online.

When you receive the results of the background check, forward a copy to the Background Clearance Specialist at the contact information below. Note that an additional background check may be required by the Hawaii Department of Education.


WGU students who are currently employed in a school district and completed a recent background check may have the option of submitting their school district clearance to WGU. 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.

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.


Background questions please contact WGU Background Specialists at tcbackgroundcheck@wgu.edu  or call 866-889-0132 option 3.





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