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Criminal History Review

The Criminal History Review Unit (CHRU) conducts criminal background checks of applicants for positions in New Jersey's public schools, private schools for students with disabilities, charter schools, and nonpublic schools, as well as for authorized vendors and authorized school bus contractors, by working through the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Read this before you apply…

To complete this application it is best to be using a Microsoft Windows based computer and a Microsoft internet browser, but all other operating systems and internet browsers are acceptable but may be unreliable.  Smart phones, tablets, iPads or other mobile devices are not recommended.

There are three different types of applications to select from to complete the Criminal History record check. Please read the descriptions below to determine which of the applications is correct for you.


You have never worked for a school, a bus contractor, or a vendor, or

You were fingerprinted by Criminal History Review before March 2003, and are changing school districts, bus contractors or vendors, or

You were previously disqualified by Criminal History Review and have had your criminal record expunged…

Then you are a new applicant.


You were fingerprinted and approved by Criminal History Review after February 2003, and are changing school districts or vendors or

You are a school bus driver renewing your "S" endorsement and were fingerprinted and approved after February 2003 …

Then you are an archive applicant.


You were fingerprinted and approved by Criminal History Review after March 2003, and

You were fingerprinted for a substitute or bus driver position, and

You have been employed in a substitute position continuously by a school or vendor since the first year your criminal history approval was issued, and you can provide a Verification of Employment memo ...

Then you are a transfer applicant.