MD Background Clearance Information

Maryland Background Clearance Information

Background checks submitted for clearance in Maryland 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 (opens new window)

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FBI Clearance Information:

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


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

2) Have the background check results sent to you, upload your background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE Background Clearance and/or DT Background Clearance.

PCE and DT Clearance Information:

Prior to Preclinical Experience (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must complete a background clearance through the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. In order to have an individual state background check completed by the DPSCS, you must appear in person at an authorized fingerprint service provider on the day they provide fingerprinting services. For a schedule of fingerprint locations, days and times, click here. Be sure to request your background check for "individual review," and not for "employment purposes." The cost varies among service providers.

Once you've been fingerprinted, either have the authorized service provider submit it on your behalf or you may take your fingerprints and fee to:

Hand Delivery: Mail:
CJIS-Central Repository
6776 Reisterstown Road, Suite 102,
Baltimore Maryland 21215
CJIS-Central Repository 
P.O. Box 32708
Pikesville, Maryland, 21282-2708

You will receive a response to the fingerprint inquiry within a few weeks, which you must then submit to WGU.

Instructions from the MD DPSCS can be found at



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 Maryland DPSC background check. Please see the School District Background Clearance Article (opens new window).

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 (opens new window) article.


Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in Maryland

Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Maryland Teaching License


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




Article Number : 19710, 1331