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In-State Background Checklist

All students are required to complete a criminal background check before entering their field placement. If you will complete your field placement outside of Alabama, please contact the Field Office at for instructions.

If your field placement will be in Alabama, please follow the instructions below, in order:

  • Go to
  • Click on “schedule appointment”
  • Applicants will need to select “Sign Up” to establish an account before registering.
  • Applicants will select DHR Affiliated Agencies as their reason and will follow the prompts thereafter. (Note: you do not need a Fieldprint Code to access this selection. Scroll down to find AL-Department of Human Resources, DHR Affiliated Agency)
  • Complete the application
    • Under the Additional Information section, select the following:
      • The Category is “Volunteer Work
      • The Fingerprint Reason is “Internship” (Some are app pay or DHR invoice)
    • Under the section, DHR Requesting Agency:
      • Enter at least 4 characters of the agency name: Enter The University of Alabama School of Social Work
  • Select the location to have fingerprints scanned
  • Pay the fee
  • Please note that two forms of ID are required (a list of acceptable forms is available on the website).
    • Applicants will need to have the order number and both forms of ID available for their scheduled appointment.
    • A list of locations in your area is also searchable and provided on the website.

**Points to Consider**

Be sure to correctly fill out the application as any mistakes could delay your results.

You will receive a letter of suitability. Scan and upload this letter to your application in SWIS. It is your responsibility to get the materials completed, fingerprints made, fees paid, and all documents to the proper authorities.

Some agencies require a background check before they will accept an intern, and it can take 6-8 weeks for background checks to be reviewed and cleared . Given the potential two-month process, we advise that you begin as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Field Office at

Contact Information for Questions:

The DHR State Office of Criminal History

Phone: 334-353-5400

Available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.