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The Certificate of Clearance (COC)

California Education Code section 44320 (d) requires that all individuals who seek to obtain a California public school credential, permit, or waiver, receive fingerprint clearance from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Individuals who have received fingerprint clearance through a public school district, other California agencies, or in other states are not exempt from this process.

Fingerprints are sent electronically to the DOJ who in turn will request clearance from the FBI.  Both organizations will send clearance responses to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

If you hold or have held a California Certificate of Clearance, teaching credential or permit, you will not be required to duplicate the fingerprint clearance process. Submit a copy of the credential or permit to the Admission's office or the Credential Office.

The Certificate of Clearance (COC) application must be completed through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website. The cost for the COC is $29.50 and must be paid with either a Visa or Mastercard. The Certificate of Clearance processing fee will be credited toward the cost of your future credential.  This credit will be valid for five years.

To complete the fingerprint clearance, candidates must print three (3) copies of the Request for Live Scan Service form. You must then contact your local Law Enforcement Agency or visit the Department of Justice Web Site for the nearest Livescan Service Agency; this will result in the electronic submission of your fingerprints for clearance with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Processing fees:

  • Department of Justice: $32.00
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: $19.00
  • Livescan operator fee: TBD

You must submit a copy of the summary page of the online application for the Certificate of Clearance.