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8. Certificate of Clearance

DEADLINE: June 1st

Please note, the Commission has recently made changes to their website and the application process. If you need help navigating the system please contact us at eduadvising@ucdavis.edu.

If you hold a valid Emergency 30-Day Sub permit please contact our office for further instructions. This permit is an approved clearance for student teaching and must remain valid the entire time you are working on your credential in our program.

Step 1 – Live Scan Fingerprints

  • Go to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website (www.ctc.ca.gov) and download and print three copies of the Request for Live Scan Service form (http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/41-LS.pdf). It matters what internet browser you are using!!! FIREFOX does not bring up the proper pre-filled out form. See the pdf below for the most current form. The two top boxes of information on the Live Scan form must print out with the “ORI” number and the correct Agency Address filled out. Please fill out this form with great care! All information written here must match the online application you submit with the CTC.
  • Take the Live Scan Forms to an agency providing fingerprinting services. For CA locations, go to: http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php
  • REQUIRED: Bring a copy of your processed Live Scan form to the Student Services office. This is our only way of knowing you successfully completed your fingerprinting process. Please do this asap!

Step 2 – Online Application for Certificate of Clearance

  • Go to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website (www.ctc.ca.gov) and select the blue button that says “Credentialing Information”  *Please note that the CTC website has some issues if you use the browser Safari — try switching to Firefox
  • Click “Apply for a New Document”
  • First time applicants will need to create a CTC Online Educator Profile. There is a helpful worksheet on how to do this. Read through that then when ready to begin click the blue button labeled ” Educator Login”. This will take you to a page that requires your Social Security Number and Date of Birth — enter both and press “OK”. Please double check your Social Security Number for accuracy!
  • If you don’t already have a profile you will need to enter this information a second time to create one
  • After editing your profile, hit the “Next” button on the far right side of the purple bar at the bottom
  • Under “Web Applications” select “Create New” and choose “Certificate of Clearance/Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate” under the General Application Category and “Certificate of Clearance” under the Document/Authorization Title menu
  • Hit “Next” on the far right side of the purple bar at the bottom
  • Complete the rest of the online application by answering the Professional Fitness Questions and pay the application fee ($52.50) using a VISA or MasterCard debit or credit card
  • Be sure you select “Certificate of Clearance” and not Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential
  • The fee for the Certificate of Clearance is $52.50

Step 3 - Submit additional documentation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing if you answered “YES” to any of the Personal and Professional Fitness questions

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