The San Mateo County Office of Education Credentials Department is dedicated to serving the twenty-three public school districts, local charter and private schools, educators and other individuals within our county requiring assistance pertaining to all credentials, certificates and permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Our purpose is to ensure all teachers, service providers and administrators are appropriately certified and assigned in compliance with both State and federal mandates. The Credentials Department also provides training and support to assure that highly qualified, properly credentialed teachers and administrators are serving the educational needs of students throughout San Mateo County.

Credentials Resources

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

The CTC is the State agency that issues California Credentials.  The contact information for CTC is:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing
1900 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA 95811

Online Credential Lookup

Anyone can conduct a credential information search for California teachers online at  Credential holders and applicants, their recommending institutions, and their employers may check application and credential status. As part of the hiring process, employing school districts use this online search to verify credentials and authorizations held by candidates.

CTC Fee Information

The online application processing fee for all permits and/or credentials is $70.00. This fee is payable by debit or credit card.

When submitting a paper application with the San Mateo County Office of Education Credentials Department the application evaluation fee is $70.00. This fee may be submitted in the form of a Money Order, Cashier’s Check or personal check made payable to the “Commission on Teacher Credentialing” or “CTC”.  For more detailed information on fees, please visit the CTC website at

New Credential Applications

Credential Requirements

Click on the following link to see the CTC’s list of credential requirements.

How to Apply

When submitting an initial application for a California credential, your application packets must include specified information that is required by the CTC. Please contact SMCOE’s Credentials Department or your employing school district for assistance.

Substitute Permits

The Substitute Permit authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, including preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 inclusive. Please see the links below to view requirements for each permit:

Emergency 30 Day Substitute Permit

Note: If you wish to submit an initial application for the Emergency 30 Day Substitute Permit through the County Office, please submit the application form below and supporting documents directly to the credential analysts.

Emergency Substitute Teaching Permit for Prospective Teachers

Emergency Career Substitute Teaching Permits

Child Development Permits

Please refer to the CTC information leaflet regarding requirements for Child Development Permits.

Out of State/Out of Country Credentials

Please contact SMCOE’s Credentials Department or your employing school district for assistance.

Credential Renewal

Steps for Renewal

You may renew your Credential up to 1 year prior to the expiration of your credential.  Clear, Professional or Professional Clear Credentials and 30-Day Emergency Substitute Permits must be renewed online using a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card payments only. The current online renewal fee is $72.00 per credential which includes a $70.00 application fee, plus a $2.00 processing fee.

Please turn off all pop-up blockers before beginning the renewal process. Please visit and click “Online Services for Educators” which will take you to the “Educator Page” link.  Click on the “How to Renew” button and follow the instructions.  Please read and follow all instructions and fill out each section completely and accurately before moving on to the next step. If an online application is submitted with errors or incomplete information it will cause a delay in the renewal process and/or may result in your application being rejected by the CTC.

If you have difficulty renewing online, please click on the following link to view CTC’s online tutorial on how to renew your credential.

Expired Credentials or Permits

If you do not renew your credential or permit prior to the expiration date and you are currently working, contact your employing school district immediately for assistance.  If you have been working with an expired credential or permit, your payroll check may be delayed or withheld.