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TO:             Superintendents of Schools

                   School Principals


FROM:        J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:         August 24, 2001


RE:              Criminal history records check applications



Beginning July 1, 2002, all substitute teachers and contracted service personnel must receive criminal history record check approvals in order to be employed in Maine public schools.  You will find that many of these personnel have already been fingerprinted and have been issued a five-year approval.  For those that have not completed this process, we recommend they register for fingerprinting and send an approval application to the Certification Office during the current school year.  There are many thousands of people yet to be processed.  By scheduling the fingerprinting throughout this school year, we will be able to expedite the issuing process.  In so doing, you will know well in advance that these individuals can be employed for the 2002-2003 school year.


Please encourage your substitute teachers and contracted service personnel to begin registering for fingerprinting early this fall.  For your convenience, I have enclosed a supply of approval applications.  Please contact the Certification Office for additional application at 207-624-6603 or be e-mail to Pat Julien at   People must register on-line to have their fingerprints taken at:


If you have any questions or if we can assist you further, please call Nancy Ibarguen, Coordinator of Certification, at 207-624-6603.