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.

1. Schedule an Appointment

Schedule your fingerprinting appointment, by sending an email to smiles@dadeschools.net. Be sure to include your name and the name of the college (Miami Dade College).

MDCPS Fingerprinting Office
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
305-995-7472
smiles@dadeschools.net

2. Complete Background Check at the MDCPS Fingerprinting Office

You must bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Service Provider Input Document (sent by your course instructor, along with the Security Clearance Checklist and Handbook)
  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Payment of $99 via Mastercard, Visa or money order payable to "School Board Miami-Dade Fingerprinting"

3. Requesting a Security Clearance Card

After you have been fingerprinted, at MDCPS, please fill out this form to request a Security Clearance Card.

If you have been fingerprinted by MDCPS within the last five years, your fingerprint record may still be valid. Please fill out the following form to verify: https://miamidade.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HzOHpoFi06VzF4 

For additional information regarding Security Clearance Cards, please inquiries to clearancecard@mdc.edu


You must have these items with you in order to get fingerprinted:

  • The Security Clearance Card (Fingerprinting) Handbook and MDCPS Service Provider Input Document sent to students by e-mail the first week of school
  • A money order payable to School Board Miami Dade Fingerprinting for $99
  • Your social security card and picture identification (Driver’s License or Florida State ID)
  • International students must bring a government-issued photo ID or a passport with a valid visa in the absence of a social security card