Certificate of Clearance Instructions

A Certificate of Clearance is issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to credential program candidates. Title 5 regulations require that an application for Certificate of Clearance be filed to determine whether or not a candidate meets the state standards for character and fitness to teach in California’s public schools. A Certificate of Clearance is valid for five years.

To apply for a Certificate of Clearance, please follow these three steps:

Please note; this is a brief guide, for a complete step-by-step guide, please refer to the “How to Submit your Online Application” video and downloadable pdf on the CTC website: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/submit-online.html