Dr. Lisa Caparelli-Ruff

Regional Superintendent

Criminal Background Checks


Fingerprinting / Criminal Background Checks

live scan logoEffective August 12, 2004 school districts are required to perform a fingerprint-based criminal history records check for all certified and non-certified applicants for employment. Any individual that applies for employment with a school district after August 12, 2004 must undergo a national fingerprint history check before the individual begins employment with the district. The criminal history check must be initiated prior to employment, but the individual may he hired, and begin employment pending the outcome of the background check.

The Will County Regional Office of Education (ROE) is an approved "Live Scan Agency".


Depending on the time of year, we sometimes have a two or three week backlog of scheduled appointments. Fingerprints are electronically submitted to the Illinois State Police and the F.B.I.

Our current fee for fingerprint services is $45.00 which includes submission to both the Illinois State Police and the F.B.I. If a school district is hiring you and sending you in for a background check, they will provide you with a "Fingerprint Authorization" form. Please complete the authorization form and bring for your scheduled appointment. The ROE will bill the school district for fingerprint services. Appointments for school district fingerprints may be scheduled any day of the week.

Substitute Teachers:

*Please consult with your hiring school district about the background check/fingerprint process*

 In order to obtain a "Sub Authorization" to substitute teach in Will County, you will be responsible for any and all fees associated with obtaining the results of a criminal background check. The ROE takes appointments for Substitute Teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Substitute Teacher Authorization:

The following documentation must be provided before a “Substitute Teacher Authorization” will be issued by the Will County Regional Office of Education:

1.  Substitute Teacher Information Form (Includes Physician's Statement of Good Health - Must be dated within 90 days of fingerprinting appointment)

Physician’s statement of good health and freedom from communicable disease, signed by a physician and not more than 90 days old. Please keep a copy of these for your records.

2Substitute Permission Form

3.  Employment Eligibility Verification Form/I-9 /Instructions  (Two forms of original identification are required)

4.  Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status/DCFS

5.  Will County Sub List Request Form (Optional) The Will County ROE maintains a countywide sub-list available to all  school districts.

Fees for Substitute Teacher Authorization:

Subsitute Authorization appointments are avaiable for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

$45.00 Fingerprinting fee (criminal background check)
$5.00 Duplicate "Substitute Teacher Authorization" Fee (replacement copy of original authorization)

Forms of payment: check, money order, credit card, Apple, Google, or Samsung pay.
Applicants are responsible for all fees.

If you do not have all of your documentation and fees with you on the day of your fingerprinting appointment, you will have to reschedule.

***Please contact the district(s) for which you desire to work for prior to completing this process.

All substitute teachers currently active on the Will County ROE Substitute Teacher List have documentation on file and are considered to have a valid “Substitute Teacher Authorization (STA)” from the office until further notice.

Concealed Carry: 

The ROE is approved to provide fingerprinting services for concealed carry permits. Call for available appointments.

Schedule An Appointment

Call us at 815-462-5400