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State law requires background studies for certain people who provide direct contact services or have access to vulnerable adults and children. Learn more about background studies for child care providers and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Beginning Sept. 15, the Department of Human Services will resume fingerprint-based background studies for all child care providers. The emergency background studies that DHS began conducting in April 2020 in response to COVID-19 are valid until July 2, 2022. For further information, visit transition from emergency studies to full compliance.   

For further information

  • For general questions regarding background study requirements and processes, send an email to the Background Study Administrator.
  • Call the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Background Study Division, at 651-431-6620.
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