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Student Teaching and Certification

Lovinger 2170
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-8441

Fingerprinting - Certification & Student Teaching

FBI/Highway Patrol Background Check Procedures
for Certification & Student Teaching

Registering for Your Background Check

To be fingerprinted for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through 3M/Cogent, you must register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History, MACHS, site located at

After registering on the MACHS website, you will need to be fingerprinted at one of the approved sites. Locations and hours are available online at by selecting Missouri and then locations and hours.

Individuals without access to the Internet may contact the fingerprint processing company, 3M/Cogent, directly at 1-877-862-2425 to have a Fingerprint Services Representative conduct this registration on their behalf.

Background Results

Your background results will be recorded automatically on your DESE profile page in the online Educator Certification System. Results of fingerprints are generally reported to the Educator Certification System within 2-3 weeks from the fingerprinting date. You may view the results in your DESE profile once they are posted.

Scheduling an Appointment (Non-Missouri residents)

If you live outside the state of Missouri and cannot make an appointment for fingerprinting in Missouri, you may mail fingerprint cards directly to 3M/COGENT. You will need to contact the fingerprint processing company, 3M/Cogent, at 1-877-862-2425 to make sure all information is recorded on the FBI fingerprint cards correctly before mailing them. The fee for this process is $44.80.

Additional information about the fingerprinting process may be viewed at the following website: