Background Checks for Child Care Personnel

Information about background checks for child care personnel, including information on fingerprinting and the LiveScan system

In accordance with state and federal law, the Child Care Licensing Unit requires rigorous and thorough Background Record Checks be completed for child care personnel and household members in licensed child care and residential programs, to ensure the safety of children in those programs. Background Record Checks must be completed prior to the date an individual is responsible for the care of, or has regular contact with children, upon adding new household members, or other individuals who will have regular contact with children, and upon staff or household members turning 18 years of age.

Background Record Checks must be completed prior to the date an individual is responsible for the care of, or has regular contact with children, upon adding new household members, or other individuals who will have regular contact with children, and upon staff or household members turning 18 years of age.

Follow the instructions provided on page 2 of the Criminal History Record Information Authorization form (CCLU 1-A), as the process for scheduling a fingerprint appointment, as well as what is required to be submitted to CCLU for a complete BRC submission, has changed. If you have any questions about the background check process, please call CCLU at (603) 271-9025.

Background Record Checks can now be initiated in the NH Connections Portal. Watch the following video for the overview of the BRC Portal. 

    Child Care Licensing Background Record Check Overview

    Once in the NH Connections Portal, there are additional videos for the individual submitting their BRC, and for administrators for managing and tracking the submission of their staffs’ BRC. Using the Portal to initiate the BRC process will provide you with detailed instructions and email communications to ensure it is done correctly and with minimal delays.

    For individuals 10-17 years of age DO NOT USE the NH Connections Portal, just complete and mail the Household and Personnel Form (CCLU 1-B) and any out of state forms, as applicable.

    Household and Personnel Form - CCLU 1-B

    Fingerprinting

    Fingerprints must be completed using LiveScan, ink print cards cannot be submitted.

    Fingerprint appointments can be scheduled and paid for using the Department of Safety CHRI Applicant Portal.

    If using this portal to schedule your fingerprint appointment, once scheduled then go to the NH Connections BRC to print and mail the following to Child Care Licensing Unit, 129 Pleasant Street, Concord NH 03301:

    Child Care Programs licensed under He-C 4002:

    • Household and Personnel Form – CCLU 1-B 
    • Employment Eligibility Card Application – CCLU 1-C  if applicable with $25.00 check made payable to Child Care Licensing Unit
    • Out-of-state release form(s) and fee(s) for individuals who live in another state during any part of the last 5 years

    24-Hour Residential Child Care Agencies licensed under He-C 4001:

    • Staff and Household Member form – CCLU 2-B 
    • NH Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Name Search Authorization – CCLU 2 
    • Out-of-state release form(s) and fee(s) for individuals who live in another state during any part of the last 5 years

     

    Local Police Locations with LiveScan 

    Local Police Departments may allow individuals to complete fingerprints. Call the local police station directly for appointments. Bring any additional fees the local police station may charge to the appointment, along with one of the following: Valid photo identification such as a Driver’s License, Real ID, Non-Driver’s License, or Passport. 

    Once printed by the local police station, then go to the NH Connections BRC to print and mail the following to Child Care Licensing Unit, 129 Pleasant Street, Concord NH 03301: 

    Child Care Programs licensed under He-C 4002:

    • Criminal History Record Information Authorization – CCLU 1-A with $28.25 check made payable to State of NH – Criminal Records
    • Household and Personnel Form – CCLU 1-B 
    • Employment Eligibility Card Application – CCLU 1-C if applicable, with $25.00 check made payable to Child Care Licensing Unit 
    • Out-of-state release form(s) and fee(s) for individuals who live in another state during any part of the last 5 years

    24-Hour Residential Child Care Agencies licensed under He-C 4001:

    • Criminal History Record Information Authorization – CCLU 1-A with $28.25 check made payable to State of NH – Criminal Records
    • Staff and Household Member form – CCLU 2-B 
    • NH Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry Name Search Authorization – CCLU 2 
    • Out-of-state release form(s) and fee(s) for individuals who live in another state during any part of the last 5 years
       

    Forms​​​​​​ for 24-Hour Residential Child Care Agencies Licensed Under He-C 4001:

     

    Out-of-State Abuse and Neglect Checks

    For all individuals requiring a background check who have lived in other states during any part of the last five years there must be an abuse and neglect registry check completed in each of those states.

     

    Coming Soon: Out-of-State Criminal Record Checks

    NH will soon be checking criminal records for specific states for anyone who has resided in those states for during any part of the last five years. Watch this space for more information.

     

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