NJ Background Clearance Information

New Jersey 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), you must complete a background check through the NJ State Police. Click on this link to read an overview of the process for a Personal Record Request. You will need to download and complete Form A (Personal Record Request), and follow the instructions on the form for scheduling and completing Livescan fingerprinting. 

**When registering for your fingerprinting appointment, use the information found in Form A**

The results of your background check will be sent to you, and you will need to forward them to WGU at the contact information below so that you can participate in field experiences.

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.


If you have lived in states other than New Jersey after age 18, you must obtain and submit a background check as described below:

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.


Because Initial Secondary Science students (BA, PB and MAT) in New Jersey must first obtain licensure from Utah (See New Jersey Certification Requirements), these students must complete an FBI background check through the Utah State Board of Education.  This background clearance will replace both the New Jersey State Police and FBI checks listed above.   To request information and a fingerprint packet, go to the USBE Background Check Website and select "initial licensure" as the purpose of the check.  You must return the packet to the Utah State Board of Education within 30 days of receipt, or else your payment will be forfeited.  Please note that this background check takes 12-16 weeks to be processed by the FBI. The USBE will send you an email when your clearance comes through; please upload this e-mail background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE Background Clearance and/or DT Background Clearance.
 so that WGU's Licensure Office may verify your clearance and enter it in our system. USBE background clearances expire after five years.

IMPORTANT: Livescan fingerprinting can only be done in Utah.  If you live outside of Utah, you must order fingerprint cards unless you will be coming to Utah and going to a Livescan location within 30 days of ordering your background check through the USBE.  The USBE will not issue refunds or change your order if you request the incorrect fingerprinting method. 

Be advised that the Utah State Board of Education will be informed of any arrests and charges that occur after your background clearance is issued, and may revoke your background clearance if deemed necessary.  You cannot be recommended for licensure in Utah if you have a revoked background clearance, and you must work directly with the USBE to reinstate your clearance if it has been revoked.

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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