First, create a TEACH account to view the status of your fingerprint application and any clearance requests on file with NYSED.
Please note that if you do not create a TEACH account prior to coming to 65 Court Street, your fingerprints will not be sent to New York State via the OSPRA 104 form.
Go to TEACH and create an account by following these self-registering instructions, linked here. Log-in to TEACH by entering your username and password you have just created and complete your applicant profile information.
Second, receive your automated email from Applicant Gateway, activate your account, and log in. As indicated by the Applicant Gateway system, you will need to fill out and electronically submit the following forms:
- Background Questionnaire
- Emergency Contact Information
- Fingerprint Referral Form
- OSPRA 104- You will need to download and complete the OSPRA 104 form to send your fingerprints from New York City to New York State. In order for your fingerprints to be on file with New York State, you must have a TEACH account set up prior to coming into 65 Court Street with the OSPRA 104. Note that an appointment is required to come to 65 Court Street. If you submit the OSPRA 104 form without having set up a TEACH account, your fingerprints will NOT be on file with the state. If you do not have fingerprint results on file with the NYCDOE, email the HR Connect Service Center at HRCServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov after completing all forms in Applicant Gateway, to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. Please note that you should not contact the Service Center until you have completed your online forms, and fingerprinting is by appointment only—you will be turned away if you go to the Service Center without an appointment. Also, review this fact sheet with important information about fingerprinting and the Identity History Summary(Open external link).
Once all forms are complete, schedule an appointment through the HR Connect Scheduling system.
Third, check your applicant gateway account in 48 hours and if all items are marked complete, upload a screenshot to your checklist. NOTE: You will not receive an email when you have cleared this process, you must LOG BACK into your Applicant Gateway Account, navigate to the Roster Evaluate nomination, and click on the status hyperlink to access the below image. Once all items are marked COMPLETE, you may upload a screenshot to Teacher Track.