How do I complete the Washington D.C. Background Checks and Work History Form?

Due to the recently passed the School Safety Omnibus Amendment, the Background check requirement for substituting in Washington D.C has changed. Listed below is a summary of the requirements that will need to be completed.

  1. Background check and Work History Document Review
  2. Employment History form
  3. Local Police Record Background Check (PD-70 Form)
  4. DC Fingerprint (Must be through the FBI)

Background check and Work History Document Review

Washington D.C. recently passed the School Safety Omnibus Amendment, which requires all substitute teachers to complete a Work History Review. Please login to your Swing Education account to review the Disclosure of Background Investigation and the summary of your rights under the fair reporting act

Employment History Form

Once you have signed the authorization form, you will be asked to complete the work history authorization form. The completed form will be sent to Gray Law, Swing Education's partner who will conduct the work history review. Please note that the work history review requires us to contact all former employers listed and reach out to your character references. Due to this, the review could take 2-3 weeks to complete and for your account to be updated.

The work history review includes:

  • Completing a form listing employers for the past 20 years where the scope of employment involved direct integration with children, and affirming s/he has not been accused of sexual misconduct or similar claims. Swing must also follow-up with those employers to confirm the applicants' responses.

  • Character Reference check

  • Child Abuse Registries check

  • Credential Revoke Check

DC Fingerprint Record (Must be submitted through the FBI)

You can complete this step through our prepaid partner “Sterling Identity”.  All you have to do is follow the instructions in this help article 

After you have been fingerprinted, you will receive your background check results within the next 24-48 hours. You can log in to your Sterling Identity account to download a copy of your results here.  Afterward, you will need to login to your Swing Education account to upload a copy of your results.

Local Police Record (PD-70 form)

Important Note: Due to COVID-19, obtaining your PD-70 form must be done by appointment. Please schedule an appointment online at (use the drop-down menu to click "Criminal History") or call DC Metro PD at (202) 727-4245. We recommend doing so as soon as possible, as appointments may only be available a few months out!

The Local Police Record form is a personal copy of your police record (also known as a PD-70 form). This form is not available online and you will have to visit DC Metro PD in-person to complete this requirement.

Get complete, step-by-step instructions for completing your background check with Swing Education by visiting this page.