Criminal Background Checks


ALL  TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM ACCEPTED STUDENTS – DO NOT COMPLETE THIS CBC – you will receive information about procedures required for your Pre-Service Certificate which includes a criminal background check that will be completed by the Ga Professional Standards Commission.

GSU students who are completing a classroom observation or an experience at a social organization are required to complete this criminal background check.

Background checks are conducted by PreCheck, Inc., a firm specializing in background checks. Your order must be placed online through StudentCheck.

A background check typically takes three to five normal business days to complete.

If you need assistance while placing your online order, please contact PreCheck at If you need additional assistance, contact the GSU Office of Field Placements, College of Education & Human Development building, Suite 300 or email

 ** If you are required to be placed in a Day Care facility for your program, you will be required to complete a criminal background check through DECAL at an additional charge. Please follow the step-by step instructions located at their website when completing this check**

Ordering Your Background Check

If you’re ordering your background check through StudentCheck
for the first time:

Undergraduate students, Please choose the option from the drop down menu:  Georgia State University-Education-Undergraduates – click here.  Students in the B.I.S. degree, choose “General” under program.

Graduate students, Please choose from the drop down menu: Georgia State University – Education-Graduates –  click here.

Cost: $49.50

If you’re asked to order subsequent background checks through StudentCheck:

Undergraduate students, click here.

Graduate students, click here.

Cost: $29.00


Complete all required fields and hit “Continue” to enter your payment information. The payment can be made securely online with a credit or debit card. You may also pay by mail via money order , but that will result in a delay of processing your background check until the money order is received by mail at the PreCheck office.

For your records, you will be provided a receipt and a confirmation page of your background check order placed through PreCheck, Inc.

PreCheck will not use your information for any other purposes other than a background check. Your credit will not be investigated, and your name will not be given out to any businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most reports are completed within three to five business weekdays.

Yes. Log into and click on “here,” and enter your social security number and date of birth. If your report is complete, you may click on the application number to download and print a copy. This feature is good for 90 days after submittal. After 90 days, you will be charged $14.95 for a copy of your report, and will need to contact PreCheck directly to request this.

Call PreCheck’s Adverse Action hotline at 800-203-1654. Adverse Action is the procedure established by the Fair Credit Reporting Act that allows you to see the report and to dispute anything reported.

Disclose the crime on your application.