Bobette Watts-Hitchcock
 Investigations Supervisor

 Judy Iman,
 OIRM Representative

 6901 North Charles Street
 Towson, MD 21204
 Phone:  443-809-8941
 Fax:  410-296-2158

The Office of Investigations and Records Management (OIRM) is responsible for overseeing the fingerprinting and criminal background checks for all paid positions and some other categories of personnel. Please refer to the form below, Requirement for Background Check, which lists the categories of personnel who need to be fingerprinted.

In accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Article, § 5-551, all employment candidates and persons with unsupervised access to students  are required to be fingerprinted for a criminal background check. Prior to employment with a public school system in the state of Maryland, an employment candidate must undergo a criminal background check, as required by the Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Article, §§ 5-550 - 5-559.

During the background investigation process, an individual’s background will be thoroughly checked and verified from a variety of sources such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Maryland Criminal Justice Information System – Central Repository (CJIS), Department of Social Services (DSS), and Sex Offender Registries. Only upon completion of this background check and subsequent clearance, may an employment candidate begin employment with a public school system.

Criminal History Records Check:

In accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Article § 5-553, as part of the application process, a criminal history records check will be completed. All employment candidates will be required to submit a sworn statement or affirmation disclosing the existence of any criminal convictions, probation before judgment dispositions, not criminally responsible dispositions, or pending criminal charges without a final disposition.

Steps in the Fingerprinting Process:

  1. Obtain an authorization code from your Human Resources Officer, Analyst, or other hiring representative before scheduling a fingerprinting appointment.
  2. Schedule a fingerprinting appointment online at or call the toll free number at 1-877-467-9215.
  3. Department of Social Services Consent for Release of Information Form - Please fill out this form online, print out and bring with you to your fingerprinting appointment. The form should be signed in blue ink only. There is a Notary Public on-site at the Office of Fingerprinting at no additional charge. (Double-sided copies are not accepted. Please print single-sided copies of all forms only.) 
  4. Background Check Application for Non-BCPS Employees (intern/student teacher; volunteer/chaperone; contractor) - Please  fill in all information, print and sign where indicated on the form and bring with you to your fingerprint appointment. (Double-sided copies are not accepted. Please print single-sided copies of all forms only.) 

Fingerprint Information Sheet‚Äč explains the cost of fingerprinting, gives directions to the fingerprinting location and other valuable information. There is no wavier or fee reduction for the cost of fingerprinting. (All documents are also available at the Office of Fingerprinting.)