Fingerprinting/Certificate of Clearance

The Certificate of Clearance is a document issued by the Commission to an individual who has completed the Commission's fingerprint character and identification process, whose moral and professional fitness has been shown to meet the standards as established by law. Certificates of Clearance issued on or after February 28, 2005 are valid for five years.

STEP 1:  Make an appointment for LiveScan Service. SJSU's University Police Department provides this service. For information, visit the UPD website or call (408) 924-2172. You may go to any agency to complete the LiveScan service. Before you go to your LiveScan appointment, print 3 copies of the 41-LS form and take it with you.

STEP 2:  Complete the online application for the Certificate of Clearance through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website. For step-by-step instructions, click here. Immediately follow the successful submission of the online application, you will receive a confirmation email with a confirmation number and a link to track your application.

STEP 3:  It may take up to 10 business days for CTC to process and grant your Certificate of Clearance. An email will be sent informing the individual that the document has been granted and can be viewed in 48 hours on the Look Up and Status page here. If you do not receive an email after the 10th business day, you may contact the CTC for a status update.

If you have further questions, please contact the Commission at 1-888-921-2682 between 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm weekdays or by email at