Fingerprints and Background Checks

Fingerprinting appointments through 2-1-1 Child Care have now resumed!

Here’s the process you need to follow to get your fingerprints and complete your background check.

Step 1: Fill out 2 digital forms

You need to submit a completed DCF Authorization Form and an FBI Privacy Rights Act Statement. You can now fill out both forms safely and securely online.

Complete your background check forms online.

If you use the digital forms, you’ll automatically be directed to schedule an appointment. If you’d rather print out your forms and send them by mail, follow these instructions.

Step 2: Enroll in CCHRS

As of July 26, 2021, you’ll need to register in the CT Criminal History Request System (CCHRS) as part of the background check process. It’s the new system launched by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the state agency that processes criminal history records checks in CT.

Here’s what you need to do.

  • Find the correct Service Code below based on your reason for fingerprinting
  • Go to PreEnrollment ( and enter your Service Code
  • Enter your email address and demographic information — keep in mind that you’ll need an email address to enroll

When you submit the enrollment information, CCHRS will give you an Applicant Tracking Number. You will need that number when you schedule your fingerprinting appointment and when you go to have your fingerprints taken.

What’s my service code?

CCHRS will ask for a service code during your registration. Choose the code that applies to you. If you are not sure which code to use, please check with your employer:

F322-6F2D      OEC Child Care Center
9096-9C91      OEC Family Child Care
32B8-19FD      OEC Family Child Care Adult Household Member
9160-27E6      OEC Group Child Care Home
C760-56C9      OEC Unlicensed Care 4 Kids Child Care Provider (Non-relative)**

** Use this code for a child care facility that is operated by a public school district, a city or town, or another organization that is exempt from child care licensing and receives Care 4 Kids funds. If you are not sure, please check with your employer.

Step 3: Schedule a Fingerprint Appointment

OEC has partnered with 211 Child Care to collect fingerprints digitally and securely transmit them directly to DESPP. This saves you time and money. No fee, no mess, less time, and — best of all — no printing onto cards, which greatly reduces the rate of fingerprint rejections.

Schedule your digital fingerprint appointment with 211 Child Care. The transition to CCHRS has caused delays in appointment availability in August. If there are no appointments available through 211 Child Care, check with your local police department about fingerprinting services. On the day of your appointment, remember to bring your current government- or school-issued photo ID with you and your Applicant Tracking Number. No friends, food, or drink allowed.

If you prefer, you can also get digital fingerprints at some police stations. 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. Check with your local police and ask if they offer digital fingerprints.

Would you prefer to submit traditional fingerprints by mail? Follow these instructions.

OEC is paying background check fees

The Office of Early Childhood is paying the background check processing fees for applications postmarked or digitally submitted through April 1, 2022.

Step 4: Make sure you’ve submitted everything

Remember, to get a background check you need to submit:

  • Fingerprints
  • Completed DCF Authorization form
  • Signed FBI Privacy Rights Act Statement form
  • CCHRS Applicant Tracking Number with barcode

Last updated August 13, 2021