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Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) license database is offline.

Due to annual maintenance, changes in administrative rule and state code, the system is available until Monday, July 13, 2020.

This includes all Local Education Agency (LEA) Utah State Board of Education users' access, along with the following services connected to the system:

  • Background Check
  • Duplicate License Request
  • Ethics Review
  • License Renewal 
  • License Upgrade
  • Teacher Supplement Salary Program (TSSP)
  • University Recommendations
  • Update Contact Information
  • Utah Education Network (UEN)
Educator Licensing Department is working remotely for the time being. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please see the Contact Us page and we will respond to your e-mails in the order received.

Please note that many services offered by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), local education agencies (LEAs), and other agencies are either suspended or very limited. Please call ahead to fingerprinting offices and/or testing centers to ensure that the service will be available when you arrive. USBE will be monitoring the delays and considering extensions to deadlines as the situation progresses.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work safely to support our educators and students.

COVID-19 Endorsement Application Process

Due to contingencies put in place by COVID-19, please note the following:

  1. All Educator Endorsement and State Approved Endorsement Plan (SAEP) Applications should be submitted digitally to  licensing@schools.utah.gov(External Web Content)
  2. All original digital transcripts must be submitted (via Clearinghouse) to  transcripts@schools.utah.gov

Educator Licensing provides information pertaining to all aspects of educator licensing in Utah. We are in the middle of overhauling the licensing structure in Utah, please see below for new information on these changes coming in the next several months.

  • On July 1, 2020 current Utah educator Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT) and Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) licenses will convert to an Associate Educator License.
  • On July 1, 2020 current Utah educator Standard Level 1, 2, or 3 licenses will convert to a Professional Educator License.
  • Anyone with an Associate Educator License will need to work with a state-approved university or Local Education Agency (LEA)-alternate educator preparation program in order to move to a Professional Educator License.
  • If you would like to become a teacher in Utah and need to use an alternate pathway to licensure, you will need to earn your Associate Educator License, be hired at a Local Education Agency (LEA) in Utah with an approved alternate educator preparation program, and work with the LEA to complete all requirements for the Professional Educator License. Associate Educator License applications are now available. Please go to Earning a Utah Educator License for details.
  • If you have an educator license from another state (Out of State License) or country (International License), please follow the appropriate application directions on Earning a Utah Educator License. 
  • Background Checks and Fingerprint requests initiated through the USBE website that were started after January 1, 2020 will still be honored through December 31, 2020. USBE is not currently enforcing the 60-day submission requirements due to delays caused by COVID-19 safety policies. Please complete the fingerprinting steps as quickly as possible.

Please review the 2020 Changes to Educator Licensing for more details on the changes to Educator Licensing and the Associate Educator License. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions: License Changes Starting July 1, 2020 for additional clarification.

Utah LEAs seeking to become an approved Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) Program provider, please go to Local Education Agency (LEA) Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL).

You can also choose a program menu, for further details regarding an application or procedure you are seeking to earn, maintain, or add to a Utah Educator License.

If you are searching for an educator's licensing information in Utah, please refer to the Utah State Board of Education Educator Look-up Tool, and type in the first and last name of the educator. School information is not required.

No fees are required for all license-related processes.