Child Care Provider Background Checks

The Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS) has implemented a criminal background check process to include fingerprinting that meets federal and state requirements for all child care providers delivering direct care services. Currently these background checks are conducted at no cost to providers.

Providers are required to request background checks with the use of fingerprinting for themselves and their staff to include: all licensed child care facilities, licensed family child care providers, and Child Care Affordability Program (CCAP) license-exempt child care providers (excluding CCAP relative child care providers). As required by Federal law (45 C.F.R. § 98.43), all adults (18 years and older) residing in the location where child care services are being provided, any individuals whose activities involve the care or supervision of children or who have unsupervised access to children, and the child care provider him/herself must submit to background checks with the use fingerprinting as described below.

The following registries, repositories, and databases will be checked for each individual for whom a background check is requested, with the mandatory use of fingerprints as described below:

  1. National Crime Information Center National Sex Offender Registry and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint check (using Next Generation Identification).
  2. In the State where the individual resides: State child abuse and neglect registry/ database, State Bureau of Identification (SBI) crime repository with fingerprints, and State Sex Offender Registry.
  3. In each State where the individual has resided at any time during the previous five years: State child abuse and neglect registry/ database, SBI or comparable State agency's crime repository (with or without fingerprints), and State Sex Offender Registry.

Individuals are required to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. All required individuals must complete the above every five (5) years. Once completed, individuals will receive letters from OCFS stating whether the individual is eligible or ineligible. Individuals will also receive a letter to provide to current or prospective employers.

Important Reminders Regarding Fingerprint Background Check for Child Care Providers

Contact Information:

  • Individuals who have not received their letters of eligibility by mail within 21 calendar days of your completed fingerprint appointment, If you have any questions, please call 624-7903 or email  You will need to provide your name, date of birth, and your Transaction ID number from your appointment.
  • For information on out of state background check requirements for those individuals living out of the State of Maine in the past five years, If you have any questions, please call 624-7903 or email

Matrix of Disqualifying Criminal Convictions (PDF)

Criminal Background Check Appeal Rights (PDF)

Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect Appeal Rights (PDF)

Conviction of Misdemeanor Appeal Rights (PDF)