MS Background Clearance Information

Mississippi Background Clearance Information


Background checks submitted for clearance in Mississippi 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 Mississippi after age 18, you will need to get a FBI national background check in addition to a Mississippi 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 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 will need to clear a background check. To obtain a background check in Mississippi, you need to fill out the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Authorization to Release Information Form and request a fingerprint based check. 


You may contact the Mississippi Department of Public Safety at the phone number listed below to request a fingerprint card.  Once you have received the fingerprint card in the mail, go to a law enforcement agency in your area to be fingerprinted.  Mail the form, along with your completed fingerprint card and a money order for the payment to:


Mississippi Department of Public Safety
Attn: CIC/Background Checks
3891 Highway 468 West
Pearl, MS 39208


For questions, contact the Mississippi Department of Public Safety at (601)933-2600 and ask for more information on criminal background checks.



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 Mississippi DPS background check. 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.



After obtaining the results of your background clearance, and at least one month before your Demonstration Teaching (DT) start date you must begin the process of obtaining a Mississippi Pre-Service Teaching License.  See the MS Pre-Service Teaching Certificate Required Prior to DT article for more information.


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




For more information on WGU's background check policy see the General Background Clearance Information article.






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