Learn About Out-of-State Background Checks

If you’ve lived in a different state or territory but work in Connecticut:

If you work in a CT childcare program — and lived outside of CT in another US state or territory in the past 5 years — you must complete that state’s requirements in addition to your CT background check. You need to do this before your work status can be considered current. 

What you need to do

  1. Apply for a background check in Connecticut through BCIS.
  2. Wait for an email from OEC. Within a few weeks, we’ll send you detailed instructions about that specific state’s background check requirements.
  3. Follow the process we outlined to get your out of state background check.

If you have questions about out of state background checks, send us an email at oec.bcresults@ct.gov. Include your name and date of birth. If you’re an administrator, please include the following information in your email:

  • Employee’s full name
  • Employee’s date of birth
  • Email address your program uses in BCIS
  • Your program’s license number

If you live in Connecticut but work in another state:

People who currently or previously lived in Connecticut within the past five years and now provide child care in another state will need to check the Connecticut DCF, sex offender, and criminal registries as part of their background check.

If you live in another country but plan to apply for a child care position in Connecticut:

  • You must have a job offer from a CT Licensed Center, Licensed Family Group Home, or License-exempt Center that receives Care 4 Kids funds before you can send fingerprints or forms to OEC
  • Wait until you’ve arrived in Connecticut to have your fingerprints taken

If you plan to work as an assistant or substitute in a Licensed Family Child Care Home, the licensee must send an OEC Licensing New Staff Application and fee before OEC can begin your required background check.

Last updated March 26, 2024