The Department of Education offers a field-based teacher education preparation program.  These field experiences are integrated throughout the program and provide ample opportunity to facilitate working with children in K-12 classrooms.   To comply with the National Child Protection Act of 1993, the Department of Education requires a mandatory national FBI criminal history background check, “to determine the fitness of an employee, or volunteer, or a person with unsupervised access to children.”  This imperative applies to certain pre-service EDU courses, practicum, school counseling internships, and MAT students.  A second background check must also be completed the semester prior to student teaching. 

Starting the Fingerprint and Background Check Process

There is a two-step process  to obtain a national FBI criminal background check:

  1. Fingerprints
  2. Department of Justice (DOJ) Background Check Paperwork

Fingerprint/Background Check packets are available in the hallway outside 247 Reid Hall.

Fingerprint Card

You may choose to go to the University Police Department OR the Gallatin County Detention Center.  Both locations charge $15.00 for fingerprinting.

Option 1:  University Police Department

Days:  Monday and Thursday

Hours:  9:00am – 12:00noon; 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  1. Complete the fingerprint card in your packet using the card instructions provided.  Follow the instructions carefully because this is the only way the Department of Justice will consider a card.
  2. Call 994-2121 to make sure an officer is available to do the fingerprinting.
  3. Take the following items to University Police Department located at 7th Avenue and Kagy Blvd:
  • Driver's license or passport or state ID
  • $15.00 cash or check payable to Gallatin County
  • Completed fingerprint card

Option 2:  Gallatin County Detention Center

  1. Do not complete the fingerprint card. Fingerprints are done electronically.  The Detention Center will fill in the information for you.
  2. Because availability hours for fingerprinting change frequently, go to the Gallatin County Detention Center website for the latest information regarding days and times fingerprinting is available.
  3. Take the following items to the Gallatin County Detention Center at 605 South 16th Avenue, located behind the Law and Justice Center:
  • Driver's license or passport or state ID
  • $15.00 cash or check payable to Gallatin County
  • Blank Field Placement & Licensure office fingerprint card in packet.

The DOJ processes the fingerprint card and runs a federal and Montana criminal record background check utilizing the Western Identification Network (WIN), as required by the FBI, and includes criminal history information from Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.  MSU students who will be in K-12 classrooms, and/or volunteer work in the presence of children, are required to disclose if they have been convicted of a crime or under pending indictment for a crime by submitting the National Child Protection Act of 1993/Volunteers for Children Act form.  MSU shall provide students, who are subject to a national fingerprint-based criminal history background, with their rights in consenting to fingerprints and the Privacy Act Statement regarding that consent.  Additionally, students shall submit an MSU Field Experience Consent and Release form.

  1. National Child Protection Act of 1993/Volunteers Children Act (NCPA/VCA) forms
  2. Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint
  3. Privacy Act Statement
  4. MSU Field Experience Consent and Release

Completing the Fingerprint/Background Check Process

Return the following items to 247 Reid Hall:

    • Fingerprinted card
    • Check or money order for $25.00 payable to Criminal Records – THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH
    • Completed MSU Field Placement Consent and Release form
    • Completed NCPA/VCA form and Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint

Need Your Background Check Results?

We can redisseminate your background check results to a receiving government entity, Montana public school district, or authorized agency as defined in Federal Law.  We cannot redisseminate out-of-state.  Please submit the Request for Redissemination Form to the Office of Field Placement & Licensure either via fax, (406) 994-1950, or via email to, fieldplacement@montana.edu.

 

Not in Bozeman?

  1. Pick up a blank fingerprint card at the nearest law enforcement agency.
  2. Complete the blank fingerprint card by using the fingerprint card instructions.
  3. Take the completed fingerprint card to the nearest law enforcement agency where they will take your     fingerprints.
  4. Mail the following 5 items to the address below:
  •  Fingerprinted card
  • Check or money order for $25.00 payable to Criminal Records – THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH
  • Completed MSU Field Placement Consent and Release form
  • Completed NCPA/VCA and Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint forms.
     

Attn: Rosemary Madero, License/Certification/Permit Technician
Field Placement & Licensure
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
247 Reid Hall, PO Box 172880
Bozeman, MT  59717-2880