School of Education

Fingerprinting and Security Clearance

All pre-service teachers who are completing MDC SOE clinical experience in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) or Early Childhood Educational (ECE) centers are required to be fingerprinted and background checked and must pass a Level 2 clearance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon arrival at the school, students must present the fingerprinting clearance card to be recorded in the school’s Application Tracking System (ATS). This is the only clearance verification document needed to work in the classroom. Clearance cards are valid for five years.

Students enrolled in MDC SOE courses must be fingerprinted at MDCPS.

Step 1

Review the Fingerprinting & Security Clearance Handbook, and schedule your M-DCPS fingerprinting appointment.

Fingerprinting at the M-DCPS Fingerprint Office should be completed before the beginning of the semester (as soon as you register for courses that require hours). Please note, M-DCPS does not allow walk-ins, so be sure to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

To schedule an appointment, email smiles@dadeschools.net. Include your name and the name of the college (Miami Dade College).

MDCPS Fingerprinting Office
305-995-7472

If you are currently employed by M-DCPS or if you have been fingerprinted by M-DCPS within the last 5 years, your clearance status may still be valid. Be sure to complete Steps 3-4 to request clearance verification from M-DCPS. Security Clearance Cards are required for all MDC students who wish to complete hours at M-DCPS, regardless of employment status.

Step 2

Download the Service Provider Input Document and take the following items with you to your appointment at the M-DCPS Fingerprint Office:

  • A valid ID (e.g., license, passport, Florida ID)
  • Social Security Card (or passport for international students)
  • $99 Fee: Pay by Visa, MasterCard or Money Order: "School Board of Miami-Dade Fingerprinting”.
  • Download the Service Provider Input Document

Step 3

After you have been fingerprinted by M-DCPS, you must submit the Security Clearance Card Request Form.

All students, including M-DCPS employees, must submit this form to obtain a clearance card.

When completing the form, you will be prompted to upload a photo of yourself. Be sure to submit a photo that is suitable for an identification card (no filters or selfies).

  • Submit a color photo, taken in last 6 months
  • Use a clear image of your face. Do not use filters.
  • Have someone else take your photo. No selfies.
  • Take off your eyeglasses for your photo.
  • Use a plain background.

Step 4

Check your MDC student email periodically for updates regarding your clearance status.

  • Once the M-DCPS Fingerprint Office confirms your clearance, you will be notified via your MDC student email. Your card will be mailed via USPS and should arrive within 4-5 business days.
  • If you do not receive an e-mail within 3 weeks of your appointment, please send an email to clearancecard@mdc.edu, from your MDC email account. All formal College communication is conducted through your MDC email account.
  • If you requested a replacement card or if you are an M-DCPS employee, you will receive an email as soon as your clearance has been verified by the M-DCPS Fingerprint Office.

The process for obtaining a clearance card may take approximately 2-3 weeks, so be sure to allow ample time for processing.