Two women getting fingerprints takenThe College of Education at Montana State University Billings (MSUB) requires that a national criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, to be completed for all candidates enrolled in the Educator Preparation, ABA, or School Counseling Programs. Candidates cannot be admitted to the programs until this process has been completed. Information regarding this process is located in the Fingerprint Handout link below.

When submitting your fingerprint card, remember to attach a check or money order for $30.00 payable to the Montana Department of Justice along with the required completed forms. The fingerprint card cannot be mailed to Montana Criminal Records for a background report without receiving all documents and fees as indicated in the Fingerprint Handout

Submit in person to one of the Administrative Associates in the Office of Educational Theory and Practice (ETP)
Rooms 261, 219, or Licensure Officer, Room 262.

All mailed fingerprint cards should be addressed to Jennifer Burns, Licensure Officer
COE Rm. 262, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101. 

When obtaining fingerprint cards you may let the fingerprinting agent know that we will provide the information for the Employer and Address, Reason Fingerprinted, ORI, and OCA sections of the fingerprint card prior to sending to the Montana Department of Justice for your report. 

Questions contact Jennifer Burns, Licensure Officer, , (406)-657-2293. 

Fingerprint/Background Check Process Information

Fingerprint Handout (PDF document)
Price increase to $30.00 for Montana Dept. of Justice fees began March 1, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Self-Disclosure Form

Request for another Montana public school to share background information with MSUB

Need your MSUB Criminal Background Report to be sent to another to another school?

We can redisseminate your background report to another Montana Public School District only if you complete the Request for Redissemination of Background Check Information (from MSUB). Due to Federal Laws reports cannot be sent out-of-state, to private schools or to other agents.

Free Campus Notary Services - obtained in the College of Education and in other MSUB Campus offices

  • Pam Santy, College of Education, Rm. 219
  • Cathy Buettner, College of Education, Rm. 261
  • Jennifer Burns, College of Education, Rm. 262

See for a complete listing of MSUB Notaries - Government-issued ID required for notary services.

Fingerprinting Services

**Government issued ID always required for fingerprinting services and you must know social security number**

Crime Prevention

2910 3rd Avenue North
Billings, MT

Cash or Check Only
$15.00 per card

by appointment only

Call O Way Fingerprinting

1140 1st Avenue North, Suite 302
Billings, MT
406-371-3630 (Rahim)
406-281-3473 (Amber)

By appointment only Mon-Sat
provides same-day appointments

Elite Investigations

2442 1st Avenue North or Mobile
The mobile business comes to you in Billings
406-698-8911 (call/text for appointment)

7 days a week - Times are by appointment

Cash preferred or Debit/Credit Card
$15.00 per card
$12.00 with student ID and cash payment

Laurel Police Department

215 West 1st, Laurel Montana

Prefer no phone calls
Use non-emergency # only

Walk-in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Exact Cash, Check, Credit/Debit Card
$10.00 per card

Outside the Billings area… your local police or sheriff’s department for information on fingerprinting services

** Please Note**Additional documents plus check or money order to MT Department of Justice for $30.00 will be needed to obtain a background report. See information in the Fingerprint Handout.