Child care providers are now subject to a comprehensive criminal background check every five years that includes both in-state and national fingerprint-based criminal history, child abuse and neglect registry and sex offender registry checks. The same checks will be conducted in any state a child care provider resided in within the last five years. South Carolina, like most other states across the country, had to make changes to the state law in order to meet the new federal requirements. The changes to South Carolina state law made during the 2018-19 legislative session directly reflect what the federal law now requires.
What has changed?
In addition to the expanded scope of background checks and the requirement to have one completed every five years, the new federal law resulted in the following changes to South Carolina’s child care background check process:
View more detail on these updates in FAQs
When do I have to get a new background check?
DSS began requiring background checks for all new applicants effective August 5, 2019. For existing child care providers, we are rolling the new process out by DSS Region. Providers are being asked to have all fingerprints completed and DSS Form 1706 Questionnaires submitted within 45 days following the roll-out date for their region. The roll-out dates are as follows:
**See the grid below for the extended dates for the Lowcountry and Pee Dee regions.**
|DSS Region||Roll-Out Date||
|August 12, 2019||September 27, 2019|
|November 15, 2019||January 1, 2020|
|March 22, 2021||May 24, 2021|
Pee Dee Region
|May 17, 2021||July 16, 2021|
If you have any questions or concerns about the background check process, please access our FAQs or contact DSS directly.