Getting Started

The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) would like to thank you for your interest in volunteering in our schools. Each year, thousands of motivated individuals use their skills, resources, and knowledge to impact the lives of children living in the nation's capital.

In order to be cleared to volunteer with DCPS, you will need to follow the steps outlined below. You must have a confirmed placement at a DC public school before this clearance process can begin. Unfortunately, we are unable to make exceptions to these requirements.

  • Confirm placement at a DC public school. If you do not have a placement, please use the school profiles to reach out to a local school to discuss your interest in volunteering. If you would like to volunteer with an established partner, click here to view the list of programs vetted by the Office of Out-of-School Time Programs.
  • Complete and save this application. You must complete the application in one sitting. Please allow yourself at least 15 minutes and have all school and program contact information available.
  • Submit a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test taken within the last 12 months. We are able to accept negative results from a skin test, chest x-ray or blood test. You must complete your TB test, and have a copy of the results prior to being fingerprinted. Those who fail to bring these results to the fingerprinting office will not be permitted to be fingerprinted, and no exceptions can be made.
  • State issued photo identification. You must bring your identification with you when you report for fingerprinting. The following forms of identification are accepted: driver's license, non-drivers ID, passport, and military ID. Other forms of identification will not be accepted.

The Fingerprinting Office is located on the 10th floor at 1200 First Street, NE. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 5pm, and Fridays from 8am to 3pm.

You will receive a verification email 5-10 business days after being fingerprinted. This email will contain your DCPS volunteer clearance letter, which is valid for 2 years. Please take this letter to your DC public school as proof of clearance and keep a copy for your records. You are not permitted to volunteer at a school without the volunteer clearance letter from DCPS. In cases where background checks require follow up, you will receive additional information by mail from the Office of Compliance.

If you need additional assistance, please email

Begin Volunteer Fingerprinting Application