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Criminal Background Check General Information

Criminal Background Check for Practicum Courses

The Professional Education Unit requires all students to register with the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) during their first practicum course.  The Teacher Education Student Services (TESS) Office will run current background checks through the FCSR when students enroll in teacher education entry level courses (Ecology of Teaching 62-111 or Professional Learning Community I 62-113 or Ecology & Developmental Foundations of Education 62-107, Observation and Activity in Physical Education 22-260, Introduction to Music Education 19-180 and Foundations in Art Education 13-180, upon admission to the Professional Education Program, and in upper level Professional Education Practicum Courses.  Students should email verification of their FCSR registration to the TESS Office in Administration Building 253 at during their 1st week of enrollment in their beginning practicum courses (62-111, 62-113, 62-107, 22-260, 13-180, and 19-180).

The Family Care Safety Registry conducts a search using name, date of birth, and/or Social Security number against the records maintained by the following Missouri state agencies:

A person may either register online with the FCSR or by mail. Online registration is quick and easy and all an individual will need is internet access, his/her Social Security number, and a valid credit or debit card for payment of the fee.  The one-time fee to register online is $15.00 plus a $0.55 processing fee.  

If you choose to mail in your registration, you need to complete the worker registration form which can be found at the following address:  Mail a copy of the worker registration form along with a photocopy of your Social Security card and a check or money order for the $14.00 registration fee to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Fee Receipts Unit, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Mailed forms are processed in the order received.

First Time Registration:

  1. To register online with the FCSR, make sure you have internet access, your social security number, and a credit or debit card and go to the following site:
  2. Click the Registration Tab and then Register.
  3. You will need to confirm that you haven't registered with the FCSR at an earlier time. Click the Is a Person Registered Tab, enter your Social Security Number twice along with the security text on the screen and hit search. If you have registered previously, your Social Security Number will be on file. If not, click continue to proceed with registration.
  4. Under Employer Information, you will use the select if no employer dropdown box. Choose student and click continue.
  5. Select voluntary under the registration type. Next, enter your last name, first name, date of birth, and gender. You will also need to click the add other name button if you have used any other names (maiden, nickname, previous married names). Enter your mailing address including the zip, city, state, and county. Read and agree to the terms and enter your payment information.
  6. Once you have completed the process, you will be taken to a verification screen. The TESS Office will need a copy of this screen for your file. Please go to File, Select All, Copy, and Paste this page into a word document. Save it and email it to the TESS Office at so we will know you have registered and we can proceed with the background check. If you are unable to take a screenshot of the verification screen, please send an email to the TESS Office stating that you have registered with the FCSR.  You will receive the results of your background check in the mail from the FCSR. Please keep this copy for your own records.

Already Registered Students:

The TESS Office will automatically request a new FCSR Background Check during the beginning of the semester that you are enrolled in a course requiring a background check. You will not need to do anything if you have already registered with the FCSR and your registration verification is on file in the TESS Office.

To check to see if you are registered, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Registration tab and then Register.
  3. Click the Is A Person Registered Tab, enter your Social Security Number twice along with the security text on the screen and hit search.  If you have registered previously, your Social Security Number will be on file.

**If a student has previously completed a criminal background check that they would like to use in place of the Family Care Safety Registry check, the background check MUST be less than a year old and MUST clearly indicate the results of the check. If the background check meets these two requirements, the student may bring a copy to the TESS Office.

***Please note that if there is an issue with registration, the TESS Office will contact the student and the student will be responsible for contacting the FCSR at (866) 422-6872 to resolve the issue. The student will then need to notify the TESS Office that the issue has been resolved and that the background check can be completed.

Criminal Background Check for Student Teaching/Certification