Colorado Department of Education Licensing & Fingerprinting

  • For all teaching/certified positions, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE):

    - Conducts a fingerprint background check

    - Issues teaching licenses based on this background check

    - Communicates arrests to each district throughout employment

    27J also conducts a criminal background check at the time of hire. CDE requires fingerprints completed by a certified law enforcement agency.

    For CDE licensure, the submission process to CBI has changed: Fingerprinting occurs through a CBI vendor. Connect to the vendor here.  

    When signing up for fingerprints, you may be asked for a service code or unique id.  The CDE code for Identigo: 25YFZK.  The CDE code for American Biodentity: 1134ETPI


    CDE Licensing Office 
    CDE Licensing 


    CDE Fingerprinting Information

    CDE Fingerprinting for Educators