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Electronic Background Check

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) offers all licensed programs including child care centers, family child care homes, and residential facilities in Arkansas an online option for requesting a State and Federal criminal background check for employees, which includes the national sex offender registry check. You must submit an Online Criminal Background Check request and a separate Child Maltreatment Registry Check Request.  Starting October 1, 2020, all providers must submit background checks online instead of by mail.

Steps Required to Submit an Online Criminal Background Check Include:

  1. Provider creates Online Account 
  2. Provider or applicant fills out background check forms. Applicant has signed forms notarized. 
  3. Applicant returns notarized forms, and the provider starts background check using online account. The provider must upload scanned forms to submit the request. 
  4. Provider gives applicant Transaction ID from submitted request
  5. The provider or applicant schedules applicant fingerprint scan 
  6. After fingerprint scan, the status should update to “Pending” in provider account
  7. The provider will be emailed when the status of the background check changes
  8. If applicant disagrees with results of background check, he or she can challenge the results 

Starting the Background Check Process

Requesting the Background Check Online

Scheduling a Fingerprint Scan

Getting the Results

The provider should share the results with the applicant. If an applicant is considered “not approved” he or she will get more specific information about the results. If the applicant disagrees with the background check results, he or she can challenge them as discussed here

If you have questions, concerns, or need more information, please contact the DCCECE Licensing Unit at  (501) 682-8590.

The online criminal background check does not include the Child Maltreatment Registry Check. Providers must fill out the separate Child Maltreatment Registry Check form.

DCFS Central Registry
P.O. Box 1437, Slot S 566
Little Rock AR  72203

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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