Safe Environment: Background Screening

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The Diocese of San Jose is committed to fostering healthy ministerial relationships through accountability, awareness, education, and background screening of individuals who serve our Catholic community and thank you for your support in maintaining a safe environment for all of God’s children.

The Diocese of San Jose employs three (3) types of criminal background screenings:

  1. Live Scan Fingerprinting (ORI Code A3251) involves taking electronic images of an individual’s fingerprints and submitting them to both the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to obtain records of criminal activity, including subsequent arrest information.
  2. Professional Background Check (Online Volunteer Screening) is conducted by an outside firm specializing in this type of investigation.
  3. Manual Review of Megan’s List, an online database of sexual offenders, is conducted annually by each parish and school for all volunteers not requiring formal screening.

The Online Volunteer Screening option does not fulfill the diocesan Live Scan background requirements. Before submitting your Online Volunteer Screening, please review your service role requirements with the Volunteer Coordinator at the location you wish to serve.

Once you have reviewed your volunteer service with your parish/school Volunteer Coordinator, and confirmed that you are eligible to submit an Online Volunteer Screening, please complete this step by selecting your parish or school below and providing the requested information. You will need an email address to complete the process. Social Security Numbers (SSN) are not mandatory to complete this process. If you are not using a SSN, please use your Driver License or Identification Card Number.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This website is not for volunteers who require LIVE SCAN background clearance. Please contact your parish or schools Volunteer Coordinator for additional information.

For any questions, please contact: Anthony D. Gonzalez, Director OPCVA
Tel: (408) 983-0100 | Email:

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