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Fingerprint Requirement for Licensure

The Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) adopted regulation changes regarding requirements for a fingerprint-based records check. These changes will affect veteran educators who have never submitted fingerprints as part of any previous application for a Kansas certificate or license issued by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

Due to a supply shortage, requests for fingerprint packets, from KSDE, are currently suspended.*

* This does NOT change the fingerprint requirements for licensure.

Please contact your local fingerprint entity and confirm that they use the Kansas Preformatted Card, FBI, FD258 fingerprint card. If they do not use that card one can be downloaded here: FD258 Fingerprint Card

KSDE cannot accept Live Scan Fingerprints at this time.

Fingerprints taken in Kansas with no Live Scan

Fingerprints taken outside Kansas

Fingerprint Guide Booklet (PDF)

Requirements:

If you are submitting any of the following, you will be required to submit a complete set of fingerprints and a $50 fingerprint processing fee:

  • First Kansas certificate or license.
  • Renewal of an expired Kansas certificate or license.
  • If the applicant has never submitted fingerprints as part of any previous application for a Kansas certificate or license, submit fingerprints at the time of the next license application.

Fingerprint Instructions
 

Fingerprints taken in Kansas with no Live Scan.

Before your appointment:

  • Call your local law enforcement agency or fingerprint entity to schedule an appointment.
  • Confirm that the agency uses the Kansas Preformatted Card (FBI, FD 258).
    • If not, one can be requested below

Bring the following items with you:

  • Blank fingerprint card if a packet was requested from KSDE.
  • At least one form of picture ID.
  • Background Waiver Form.
  • Check or cash: agencies may charge a fee to take your prints, this is separate from the $50 charged by KBI to conduct background checks.
  • $50 check or money order, made payable to KSDE. This fee needs to be sent to KSDE in the same envelope with your completed fingerprint card. *DO NOT COMBINE THE BACKGROUND FEE AND THE LICENSE APPLICATION FEE*
  • Pre-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to accommodate the fingerprint card

During your appointment:

  • Complete the personal information, on the fingerprint card, as directed by the officer taking your prints
  • Your prints may be taken digitally, then printed on the FD 258 card, or inked directly onto the card
  • Have the officer place the following into the stamped, pre-addressed envelope, seal it, and mail it directly to KSDE
    • Completed card
    • $50 background fee
    • Completed Background Waiver Form (Link)

Mail the card and the fee

Place adequate postage on an envelope addressed to:

KSDE
Attention: Teacher Licensure
900 SW Jackson, Suite 102
Topeka, KS 66612-1212
 

Fingerprints taken outside Kansas

Before your appointment

Bring the following items with you

DO NOT COMBINE the background fee and the license application fee.

During your appointment

Mail the card and the fee

Place adequate postage on an envelope addressed to:

KSDE
Attention: Teacher Licensure
900 SW Jackson, Suite 102
Topeka, KS 66612-1212

 

KSDE Fingerprint Processing

Fingerprint processes have been affected by the COVID virus. Contact your local law enforcement center or fingerprinting entity to schedule a fingerprint appointment, do so as soon as possible. Do not wait for your fingerprints to complete your application, upload supporting documents and submit your application fee. This will allow us time to process your license application and will save time when fingerprinting processes resume.

You only need to request a fingerprint packet from KSDE if your local law enforcement center or fingerprinting entity does not have the FD258 card. Check with them before you order.

  • Call your local law enforcement agency or fingerprint entity to schedule an appointment
  • Confirm that the agency uses the Kansas Preformatted Card (FBI, FD 258)
    • If not, one can be requested below
  • Blank fingerprint card if a packet was requested from KSDE
  • At least one form of picture ID
  • Background Waiver Form
  • Check or cash: agencies may charge a fee to take your prints, this is separate from the $50 charged by KBI to conduct background checks
  • $50 check or money order, made payable to KSDE. This fee needs to be sent to KSDE in the same envelope with your completed fingerprint card
  • Bring a pre-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to accommodate the fingerprint card
  • Complete the personal information, on the fingerprint card, as directed by the officer taking your prints
  • Your prints may be taken digitally, then printed on the FD 258 card, or inked directly onto the card
  • Have the officer place the following into the stamped, pre-addressed envelope, seal it, and mail it directly to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)
    • Completed card
    • $50 background fee
    • Completed Background Waiver Form (Link)

Send all mail to:

KSDE
Attention: Teacher Licensure
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 102
Topeka, KS 66612-1212

Licensure Operator 
TLALicense@ksde.org
(785) 296-2288

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