First, create a TEACH account to view the status of your fingerprint application and any clearance requests on file with NYSED.
Please note that if you do not create a TEACH account prior to coming to 65 Court Street, your fingerprints will not be sent to New York State via the OSPRA 104 form.
Go to TEACH and create an account by following these self-registering instructions, linked here. Log-in to TEACH by entering your username and password you have just created and complete your applicant profile information.
Second, fill out an OSPRA 104 form. Please bring the signed OSPRA 104 form with you when you come to 65 Court Street to get fingerprinted. Note that an appointment is required to be printed at 65 Court Street.
Third, receive your automated email from Applicant Gateway, activate your account, and log in. As indicated by the Applicant Gateway system, you will need to fill out and electronically submit the following forms:
- Background Questionnaire
- Emergency Contact Information
- Fingerprint Referral Form
- OSPRA 104- You will need to download and complete the OSPRA 104 form to send your fingerprints from New York City to New York State. In order for your fingerprints to be on file with New York State, you must have a TEACH account set up prior to coming in to 65 Court Street for your fingerprinting appointment with the OSPRA 104. If you submit the OSPRA 104 form without having set up a TEACH account, your fingerprints will NOT be on file with the state.
Once all forms are complete, schedule your fingerprinting appointment online.
Fourth, check your applicant gateway account in 48 hours and if all items are marked complete, upload a screenshot to your checklist. NOTE: You will not receive an email when you have cleared this process, you must LOG BACK IN to your Applicant Gateway Account, navigate to the Roster Evaluate nomination, and click on the status hyperlink to access the below image. Once all items are marked COMPLETE, you may upload a screenshot to Teacher Track.