Fingerprints and Background Checks

OEC is paying background check fees

The Office of Early Childhood is paying the background check processing fees for applications submitted through July 1, 2023.

The new OEC Background Check Information System (BCIS) is now live! BCIS is the portal to submit required information to OEC to complete your background check for child care.

Introducing BCIS

BCIS is a tool to help you submit required information to OEC. It dramatically streamlines the process of getting a background check for child care.

Once you’re enrolled, BCIS will guide you through a series of steps for getting a background check, including:

  • Entering demographic information
  • Completing 2 online forms — the DCF Authorization Form and an FBI Privacy Rights Act Statement
  • Enrolling in CT Criminal History Request System (CCHRS) — the new system launched by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP)
  • Choosing how you want to submit fingerprints

Learn more about BCIS.

Access BCIS

Choosing how to get fingerprints

Fingerprinting at state police troops or local police departments

If you prefer, you can also get digital fingerprints at some police stations. Here’s a spreadsheet with fingerprinting policies, fees, and schedules for all of the police departments in the state. Keep in mind:

  • The police departments highlighted in red in the spreadsheet do not offer digital transmission to the state police and should not be used for OEC background checks
  • The list was created in March, 2022 and is subject to change
  • Make sure to call the department directly to check their availability before you go

Keep in mind that most police departments charge a fee to collect fingerprints. This is separate from the processing fees that are currently covered by OEC and you will need to pay any fees charged by the police to collect your fingerprints.


Last updated March 10, 2022