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Background Checks

Massachusetts law provides for state and federal criminal background checks for individuals working in public and private schools. (Massachusetts General Laws chapter 71, section 38R). Information regarding Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks and fingerprint-based criminal record checks or Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) checks can be found here. Conducting, interpreting, and utilizing criminal background checks in a manner consistent with the law will help protect the children our schools serve and enhance the environment in which they learn.



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Contact Information

  • Employees with questions/problems relating to their fingerprinting appointment should call MorphoTrust's customer service line (866-349-8130).

  • School officials with questions/problems relating to fingerprint results, point of contact designations, or MorphoTrust processing may contact Public Safety at safis@state.ma.us

  • School officials with questions/problems relating to PreK-12 sector requirements may contact DESE at expandedbackgroundchecks@doe.mass.edu



Last Updated: February 29, 2016
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