2019 Certification Renewal Process

In order to maintain employment with Atlanta Public Schools, it is your responsibility to secure and maintain a valid certificate. The Human Resources Department will be assisting with the renewal to ensure that all requirements are met and that all required documents are submitted to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. It is important to complete the renewal process by the end of February. Failure to do so could result in the delay of issuance or the loss of your contract with the Atlanta Public Schools.

It is important to complete the renewal process by the end of February. Failure to do so could result in the delay of issuance or the loss of your contract with the Atlanta Public Schools.

Please NOTE:

  • Renewals should be completed by February 28th of the certificate expiration year.
  • Substitutes, Retirees, Contractors, and Hourly Employees Must renew directly with the GaPSC

5-Step Procedure

Step 1: Create or update your GaPSC Account

Visit the GaPSC’s MyPSC website to create or update your account. This will allow you to access your certificate and track the renewal process.


Step 2: Complete Fingerprint/Background check

Walk-ins for Fingerprinting/Background are available Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.


Photo ID

Fee: $45

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver's license,
  • State issued ID card,
  • Permanent Resident Card, or
  • United States Passport

In accordance with Board policy, the fee for this criminal records check is the responsibility of the employee.

Therefore, please bring a money order or cashier's check in the amount of $45.00, payable to Atlanta Public Schools.


Unassigned parking spaces within the APS Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL) parking deck (Garnett St. access) are on a first come, first serve basis and are extremely limited. Therefore, we cannot guarantee parking space availability within our parking deck. There are several private-owned parking lots, metered spaces, and decks surrounding the CLL.; Please be prepared to pay for parking during your visit.; Note, parking rates vary from $2 -$10.


The fingerprint/background application must be submitted to the Office of Safety and Security for processing.

If you have completed a fingerprinting/background session with the Atlanta Public Schools within the school calendar year (July 1 - June 30) of the certificate expiration date, you are finished with this step.

Step 3: Complete Forms

Complete the Certification Update Application and the Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) Form.

Certification Update Application (CERTIFIED NON-PARA)

License and Clearance Certificate Application (PARAPROFESSIONALS)

Verification of Lawful Presence VLP Form (EVERYONE)

Certification application/VLP Forms requires a physical signature and notary stamp not embossed

Step 4: Make a copy of your ID

ID pictureMake a copy of your valid unexpired identification (driver’s license or passport)

Step 5:


Upload your completed Renewal documents along with a copy of a valid unexpired form of identification to the Dropbox by clicking the Dropbox Icon page.

  1. Click the Dropbox Icon
  2. Choose file
  3. Upload PDF or JPG
    1. Application
    2. VLP
    3. Clear copy of Driver’s License or Passport
  4. Submit to Dropbox
    1. Do Not Send Documents to the GaPSC
  5. Keep a copy of your records

AfterHours Renewal Sessions – Safety and Security

After Hour Renewal Sessions will also be available to employees on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in order to complete the certification renewal process (submit completed renewal documents to the Dropbox.)

Complete the fingerprinting/background requirement with the Office of Safety and Security.

Bring a valid unexpired form of identification (driver’s license or passport) and a money order or cashier’s check made out to the Atlanta Public Schools for $45.00. For information concerning building access, call the Office of Safety & Security: (404) 802-2020.

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