Fingerprinting and Drug Testing Guide for Teachers 

Before officially being placed in the Recommended Pool, all Teaching candidates must complete the following two steps.

NOTE: Candidates will not be charged a fee for fingerprinting or mandatory drug testing.


Fingerprinting must be completed at the DCPS Fingerprinting Office. The Fingerprinting Office is located on the 10th floor of 1200 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 and is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In order to ensure timely processing, DCPS recommends that candidates complete the DCPS Fingerprinting Forms prior to arrival. In addition, candidates should bring a photo ID with them to the Fingerprinting Office. We will not administer fingerprints without a negative TB test result from the past year. A TB test can be administered at any doctor’s office or clinic.

Security clearance takes approximately 15 business days, so we strongly encourage you to complete this process as soon as possible. Candidates who do not complete and pass the DCPS security clearance will not be placed in the recommended pool or receive a formal offer of employment. 

If you have had your fingerprints taken for a background check at the DCPS Fingerprinting Office within the past two years and were cleared, you may be able to use this clearance. Please contact teach.dcps@k12.dc.gov so that our Recruitment and Selection team can verify your clearance. You will receive a response to your inquiry within two business days. 

Drug Testing

Obtaining a drug test for employment with DCPS is easy, secure, and free of cost to candidates. Drug testing is one pre-employment requirement that must be fulfilled prior to working at a DCPS location. However, it is not necessary to seek drug testing ahead of time—you will be prompted when to begin the drug testing process once a principal selects you for hire.

Please note that drug testing must be completed within fifteen (15) calendar days of the date you are selected for hire. If you do not complete the drug test within the fifteen (15) calendar days, your hire request will be automatically cancelled and you will be ineligible for hire for three years.

Once you are selected for hire, you will receive an email from the District of Columbia (donotreply@mroresultsonline.com) instructing you on how to schedule and complete your drug screening test. If you have questions regarding your drug screening test, please contact the DCPS MDAT at dcps.mdat@k12.dc.gov.

Your drug testing results are communicated from the medical facility to DCPS, typically within five (5) business days following the test date. Your employment file will be updated accordingly—it is not necessary for you to collect your drug testing results to provide to DCPS. Once we have evidence that you have cleared the background check and drug test, you will receive notification regarding your status in the onboarding process.

For more information about drug testing, please visit the DCPS Mandatory Alcohol and Drug Testing website or contact the DCPS MDAT team at dcps.mdat@k12.dc.gov.

This position is a safety-sensitive position. All safety-sensitive positions are subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing in accordance with the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Act of 2004. If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to submit to testing for illegal drug use prior to employment, and your employment shall be contingent upon negative test results. If you are appointed into this position, you shall be subject to mandatory random drug and alcohol testing throughout your employment.

Candidates who do not have current DCPS fingerprint and drug test clearance are not eligible to receive a formal offer of employment. After passing fingerprinting and drug testing, candidates will have the opportunity to be selected by principals for teaching positions. 

Along with completing the required steps of the background check process, we recommend that candidates also familiarize themselves with our schools and begin to gather required documents.

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