Looking to Become a Substitute? Here Are Easy Steps to Get Certified

Note: OCEAR is providing this information as a courtesy. It is possible for NJDOE to change the process and information. We may not be aware of these changes. For up to date information on the process, go directly to: https://nj.gov/education/license/sub/process.htm


Applying for NJ Substitute Teacher certification is an easy step-by-step process.

  1. You need to choose a school district you want to work in. This is your sponsoring district. If you haven’t already, choose a district that is close to SHU, close to home, where you are placed, etc. You can find their contact information in the following link: https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/directory/district.php?alldistricts=1

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already completed a background check and fingerprinting as a SUBSTITUTE, you DO NOT need to complete steps 2 and 3 below. You need to TRANSFER your approval to your sponsoring district using this link https://homeroom4.doe.state.nj.us/chr/. If you completed the background check and fingerprinting previously as a VOLUNTEER, you DO need to complete these steps.

  1. Complete a background check, pay the necessary fees, and print out your IdentoGo Universal Fingerprint Form at: https://homeroom4.doe.state.nj.us/chr/  
  2. You need to get fingerprinted, which can be scheduled and paid for at: https://nj.ibtfingerprint.com/

Note: You will need to use your IdentoGo New Jersey Universal Fingerprint Form to complete the “Reason for Visit” section of the site. The Universal Fingerprint Form is provided to you after the completion of Step 2.

  1. Deliver the following to your county or district’s office:

(County Office information is available at this link https://nj.gov/education/counties/)

  • A completed Substitute Credential application (Can be found in Step #6 in link)
  • Oath of Allegiance form (Can be found in Step #6 in link)
  • A sealed copy of your official transcripts showing a completion of 60 credits
  • A copy of your current Mantoux (TB) test results
  • A $125 check made to “The Commissioner of Education”

The first two previous forms and requirements can be found in the link below under Step #6:


The expected costs of being certified:

  • $11.00 -> Background check (Step 2 above)
  • $67.45 -> Fingerprinting (Step 3 above)
  • $125.00 -> Check to Board of Education (Step 4 above)
  • $10-$15 -> Transcripts (Step 4 above)
    • Total: ~$215.00 

The expected wait time:

This may vary for you. The process may range from 2 weeks to 2 months and is dependent on the county or district being used. Be sure to follow up with your sponsoring district a few weeks after submission to see how the process is progressing.

*This is a quick overview of the application process for NJ Substitute Teacher Credentials. Should you have additional questions about the process please contact your sponsoring district, check the NJDOE website at https://nj.gov/education/license/sub/process.htm or call NJDOE at (609) 376-3500.


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