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Fingerprint clearance is a requirement for New York State certification as well as for supervised fieldwork within a New York City public school placement. Additionally, an increasing number of private schools are now requiring fingerprints. We encourage all students enrolled in a certification program to be cleared for fingerprints as soon as possible in order to work with children in the NYC Department of Education

To complete your fingerprinting requirements, please use the following the directions:

Have you already been fingerprinted with either the City Department of Education, or New York State D.O.E? The two agencies do not share a database. Please see the information below regarding transferring your fingerprints. 

  • As of April 4, 2017, HR Connect is no longer accepting or offering OSPRA 104 services. 
    All fingerpringing required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for certification or employment in schools must be scheduled with MorphoTrust at
    For additional questions, please contact HR Connect at (718) 935-4000.
  • Transferring to the city D.O.E.

Do note that fingerprint clearance in other states will NOT be considered by the New York State Education Department.