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Fingerprinting Office
(860) 524-4003


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CREC Central Office map
111 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

About Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting Safety Protocols


  • If you are feeling sick in any way please STAY HOME. Please cancel your appointment and reschedule when you are feeling better.
  • Applicants are not required to wear a mask to be fingerprinted, but may do so if they would like to. (There will be no masks provided at CREC)
  • If the applicant/client has family or friends with them, they may need to remain in the main lobby.
  • The Fingerprint Specialist will escort the applicant/client to the Fingerprinting Office.
  • The LiveScan fingerprinting device is cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.


Pre-Enrolling with CCHRS

In Connecticut, all newly hired employees of school districts must be fingerprinted for state and national criminal history records checks within (30) thirty days from the date such worker begins to perform such service. No candidate shall be fingerprinted without an Applicant Tracking Number they will receive after registering on the Connecticut Criminal History Request System (CCHRS) portal.

All applicants must register on the Connecticut Criminal History Request System (CCHRS) below.

Click Here to Register on the CCHRS

Your employer must provide you with their agency/district Service Code in order for you to pre-enroll and receive an “Applicant Tracking Number” so that you may be fingerprinted. When your information is entered, an “Applicant Tracking Number” will be generated automatically. Please keep track of your Applicant Tracking Number, this will be REQUIRED when you arrive to your fingerprint appointment.

The “Applicant Tracking Number” has replaced the RESC Fingerprint Permission Form and the CHRI form. CREC will no longer accept those old forms.

What to bring for your Fingerprinting appointment

  • Two forms of valid IDs:
    • One must be a government-issued photo ID. Acceptable documents include:
      - Passport
      - Birth Certificate
      - SSN (Social Security number) Card
      - State issued ID
      - Driver’s License
      - Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
      - Native American Tribal Card
      - Enhanced Driver’s License
      - Enhanced State ID
      - Enhanced Tribal Card
      - Military ID
      - Military Dependent ID
      - Military Retired ID
      - Merchant Mariner Credential
      - TWIC card
      - Visa with Foreign Passport
      - Permanent Resident Card
    • The names must match on both documents. If names do not match, please bring in your change of name document (e.g marriage, divorce, or legal change of name document). This document must have the official seal, no photo copies.
  • The “Applicant Tracking Number” you receive from the Connecticut Criminal History Request System (CCHRS) portal.
  • Payment: Visa or MasterCard (card holder must be present), certified bank cashier’s check, or money order made payable to CREC.
     - NO personal checks accepted
     - NO cash accepted
     - American Express NOT accepted

What is the cost for Fingerprinting?

There are two separate transactions:

  1. First payment will be rendered at the time you pre-enroll on the CCHRS portal, which will pay for your State and/or Federal fingerprints.
  2. The second is a CREC fingerprinting fee, which will be either:
    • $36.75 if you are using a money order or cashier’s check;
    • or $38.28 if you choose to use a credit or debit card, as a 4.16% service charge will applied (American Express NOT accepted).
      The customer’s name must be on the card that is being presented for payment and the person presenting the card must be present to sign.

Scheduling an Appointment

Fingerprinting is done by appointment only. The name of the person on the schedule must be the person present for the appointment.

Our Fingerprinting Services location is:
CREC Central Offices map
111 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106.

For customer support, please call (860) 524-4003 or email

Fingerprinting appointments are scheduled Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Emergency closings and cancellations will be announced on our voicemail at (860) 524-4003.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check to see if CREC Fingerprinting Services is open during inclement weather?

In the case of inclement weather, please call (860) 524-4003 to listen to an automated announcement regarding fingerprinting appointments.

Where do I get my “Service Code”?

Please contact your Board of Education (school/district) to obtain the service code. Without the service code you will not be able to pre-enroll or be fingerprinted.

Do I need to pre-enroll before showing up to my appointment?

Yes. You will need to pre-enroll prior to coming into the fingerprint office. Please keep track of your Applicant Tracking Number, this will be REQUIRED when you arrive to your fingerprint appointment.

I would like to apply to multiple schools. What is the process?

You will need service codes for each district that you want to be fingerprinted for. You will need to pre-enroll for each district.

I worked for one week at a school district and will be working again this year in the same district. Do I need to be fingerprinted again?

Yes, if you are not a continuous employee for a particular School District you will need to be re-fingerprinted. Your fingerprints can only be used for one hiring process and are not valid for future hiring processes as many things could have transpired with applicants since the time of the previous results and present day. A new request at this point in time is needed to establish their suitability for employment.

Who gets my results and when?

The results are sent directly to each school by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). As the results are sent by the DESPP, CREC cannot confirm the timeline for delivery of the results.

Can CREC share any criminal history information with others, with or without my authorization?

Under the State of Connecticut FBI CJIS Security Policy, any and all criminal history information cannot be re-used for subsequent unrelated needs by the original requestor/recipient, and cannot be disseminated to another recipient for subsequent unrelated re-use, future anticipated uses, regardless of whether or not the needs are formally related and outside of a state's jurisdiction.

This information is subject to change without notice.
(Revised: July 2021)

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