Chicago Public School Fingerprinting

Teachers, Staff, Local School Council, Substitute Teachers, Student Teachers, Charter Schools, Vendors and Volunteers

CPS Vendor Note: CPS Vendors must receive email approval from the CPS Background Check Team before starting the fingerprint process. Once directed by CPS, please contact Julie Mester by email at

Accurate Biometrics is the contracted vendor for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for State and FBI fingerprint-based background checks. Chicago Public School fingerprint applicants will need to obtain a valid “signed” fingerprint authorization form for fingerprinting from your HR representative of the Chicago Public School system, or as directed by your school. No applicant can be fingerprinted for CPS unless they present a current CPS fingerprint form at an Accurate Biometrics location at time of fingerprinting.

Accurate Biometrics is a trusted live scan fingerprint provider with nearly 20 years of experience. We offer fast, convenient walk-in service at over 40 locations in Illinois. Let us help you navigate the background check process. If you have any questions, please email us at

To get fingerprinting for Chicago Public School positions, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Fill out Form:
    • Obtain a valid fingerprint Authorization Form for fingerprinting from Chicago Public Schools
    • Complete all of the personal information on the form, then sign and date it.

  2. Find the closest Accurate Biometrics fingerprint location and its hours of operation by clicking here. No appointments necessary at any of our sites!

  3. What to Bring: Bring the Chicago Public Schools completed form, a valid, government issued, picture ID (such as a driver's license, State ID or passport) and approved form of payment* If required.

  4. A receipt will be provided after fingerprinting that includes the name, date and Transaction Control Number (TCN). The TCN is used for tracking your transaction. Please retain this receipt that includes your TCN number in case there are any follow up questions regarding your fingerprint submission.

  5. Your results will be sent directly from the Illinois State Police to the Chicago Public School.

Please click on links below for important CPS documents:

Criminal Background Screening FAQ:

Enumerated Offenses:

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Chicago follows a school code for Cities over 500,000 (see excerpt below). Find the full Chicago Public School Code (105 ILCS 5/) here:

Sec. 34-18.5. Criminal history records checks and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database. (a) Certified and noncertified applicants for employment with the school district are required as a condition of employment to authorize a fingerprint-based criminal history records check to determine if such applicants have been convicted of any of the enumerated criminal or drug offenses in subsection (c) of this Section or have been convicted, within 7 years of the application for employment with the school district, of any other felony under the laws of this State or of any offense committed or attempted in any other state or against the laws of the United States that, if committed or attempted in this State, would have been punishable as a felony under the laws of this State.