Washington State law requires educator candidates to maintain clearance through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for all field experiences and certification. Fingerprint clearance expires after two years. To avoid any registration or certification postponement caused by a lapse in clearance, renew your fingerprints at least two months before the expiration date. Educators who already hold a valid Washington State certificate do not usually need to renew their fingerprints.
Woodring Certification Office in Miller Hall 150 provides digital fingerprints for $54.25 by appointment. Digital fingerprints take less time to process and fewer digital prints are rejected. If there is no digital fingerprint service near you, you can be fingerprinted using ink and paper. Alternately, candidates who get clearance through the Department of Early Learning may follow these instructions to send existing clearance to OSPI.
Please contact the WCE Certification Office via email at CertOffice@wwu.edu or by phone at 360-650-3310 to schedule a fingerprinting appointment or ask any questions.