Educator Records and Fingerprints

License Verification

There are three options to obtain verification of your Utah Educator License, subject to the license status:

  1. Online (available any time to anyone)
    • For online verification go to Educator Look-up Tool
    • Enter First and Last Name
    • If educator is not currently working as an Educator in Utah, please do not select a district
  2. Print a copy of your current Professional License
    • Go to Educator Licensing Online
    • Click Duplicate License
    • Enter your CACTUS Identification Number and Birthdate 
    • Follow prompts to complete the process
    • An e-mail will be sent within 24 hours to the address on record in CACTUS from support@utah.gov with a PDF copy of your license attached. Please check your junk e-mail or spam.
  3. Written verification (expired or current license)
    • Full Name
    • CACTUS Identification Number or other identifying information (birthdate and last four digits of your social security number)
    • Recipient’s mailing address and/or e-mail
    • If you have a License Verification form from another state, scan and attach it
    • If you also require verification of the Utah State Board of Education Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) Program you completed to earn a standard Utah Educator License, please indicate in your licensure verification e-mail
    • A written request from the educator is required. Send an e-mail with the subject line License Verification Letter to licensing@schools.utah.gov.

Educator Record Request

Request information should be e-mailed to licensing@schools.utah.gov.

  1. Educator Transcripts digitally sent to the Utah State Board of Education
    • A written request from the educator is required with express written permission to release posted test history. Send information to the above e-mail address and include the following information:
      • Full Name
      • CACTUS number or other identifying information (birthdate and last four digits of your social security number)
      • Recipient's email
      • Name(s) of college or university transcript requested
  2. Board-approved content knowledge test results (Praxis) posted in CACTUS
    • A written request from the educator is required with express written permission to release posted test history. Send information to the above e-mail address and include the following information:
      • Full Name
      • CACTUS number or other identifying information (birthdate and last four digits of your social security number)
      • Recipient's mailing address and/or e-mail
      • If you have a test verification for another state, scan and attach it

Fingerprinting

All educators require an FBI background fingerprint check. The fingerprints submitted to your school or district do not meet the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) requirement.

  1. Go to the Utah State Board of Education's Online License System.
  2. Select Background Check and follow the prompts.
  3. Check e-mail for message from support@utah.gov with directions. It may take up to 24 hours and may inadvertently be in your junk or spam folder. No cards will be mailed to you; please read directions.

Average clearance time from the date fingerprinting is processed is approximately 20-25 business days.

Utah State Board of Education, Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Informed Consent and Release of Liability

Utah Educator LiveScan Fingerprint Sites 

Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC)

UPPAC is the arm of the Utah State Board of Education charged with promoting and maintaining the high degree of professional ethics and practice required in the education profession. Please contact UPPAC at (801) 538-7745, for questions and concerns about documents and procedures to clear background checks with issues

Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) Records

How To Check if Your Background, Ethics Review and Degree Has Posted in CACTUS

To view your CACTUS record, which is essentially your Utah Educator License, you will need to be able to log in to your Utah Education Network (UEN) account.

  • Go to UEN, scroll to the bottom of the page
  • Enter your login name and password (If you do not remember your login and password, please contact UEN to reset it.)
  • If logging in for the first time, click on the "Register" button to create an account with a login and password
  • On the Personal Page, click the CACTUS link at the bottom under “Utah State Board of Education Tools”
  • Click “Enter Cactus”

If you have trouble entering CACTUS, please verify that your birth date, last four digits of your social security number, and first and last names are the same in UEN and CACTUS. If you need to change or correct your educator record in CACTUS, please complete the appropriate steps as indicated in the CACTUS Records Management Google Docs resource.

If your name needs to be corrected in UEN, you can do it by clicking the Edit Name and Login link under UEN Tools. When it is corrected, log out of UEN and then back in to apply the change.