ATTENTION: Effective August 28, 2021, the MACHS registration code for fingerprinting will be changing for licensed and registered child care providers. The Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Social Services will combine their background screening units under the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the newly formed Office of Childhood. The new MACHS registration code will be 8897. Look for more information to come by email and postal mail. Questions or concerns can be sent to

What is a Background Screening?

Missouri Revised Statute 210.025 and 210.1080 requires all new child care providers and staff, including Religious-In-Compliance organizations receiving or applying to receive CCDF funding, to submit fingerprints to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The fingerprints will be used to screen for criminal history with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Child care provider and staff includes, but is not limited to, an applicant child care provider; persons employed by the applicant child care provider for compensation, including contract employees or self-employed individuals; individuals or volunteers whose activities involve the care or supervision of children for the applicant child care provider or unsupervised access to children who are cared for or supervised by the applicant child care provider; or individuals residing in the applicant’s family child care home who are seventeen years of age or older.

Eligibility as a registered child care provider is not determined until all screening results are received and evaluated.

For additional information or answers to frequently asked questions, please review the FAQ attached.

National Fingerprint File (NFF) State Criminal Background Checks

Missouri is part of the National Fingerprint File program (NFF) which results in the FBI, during the national fingerprint-based background check, reaching out directly to the NFF state repository for the record thus providing the most complete and comprehensive criminal history and record information available.

Are You Another State Requesting a Background Screening?

If you need to request a criminal background screening, send your request to:

Missouri State Highway Patrol
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
P.O. Box 9500 Jefferson City, MO 65102

If you need to request a Child Abuse and Neglect report, review the below website for additional instructions: