Child Development Permit Stipend Policies

Permit Stipend Eligibility

  • Applicant must live OR work in California in order to be eligible for stipend.
  • Stipends are available once per program year per applicant. The current program year runs from July 1 to June 30. 
    • Deadlines for postmarks will be posted on the permit page at the end of the program year.
  • Funding is first come, first served. When funding has been expended, applications will be returned to applicant. They are responsible to apply directly to the Commission and include the application fee.
  • The CDTC will only allow applicants to resubmit an incomplete or incorrect application only once each program year.
    • A letter outlining the required corrections will accompany the returned application.
    • Applicants are encouraged to email with questions prior to returning the application.
    • Applications returned a second time will include instructions on how to apply directly to the CTC.
  •  Downgrades and extensions are not eligible for the stipend.
  • Applications mailed directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in Sacramento are not eligible for the stipend.
    • Online renewals, where paperwork is not mailed to the CTC, are eligible for the stipend if they level/type/date of renewal meets eligibility requirements.
  • Eligibility for the permit stipend does not guarantee a permit will be issued. Permits are issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing; this agency is the final authority for issuing permits.
  • The CDTC does  not evaluate transcripts for eligibility. Final decision on whether a course qualifies for a permit is made by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
    • The CDTC does review applications for completeness, including transcript review, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply for the permit level they are qualified for.

Live Scan Policies

  • Live scan reimbursement is available only for the FIRST TIME an applicant does fingerprinting for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
    • Applicants who have been fingerprinted for an permit, credential, emergency substitute or other document requiring a live scan for the Commission are not eligible.
    • If an application for a permit was denied and the applicant is fingerprinted again for their first document/permit, they are not eligible for the live scan reimbursement.
    • See the Permit FAQs page for more information on live scan processing, expiration, and payments.
  • The permit stipend will only reimburse and applicant for Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fees, currently $49. Fees charged by the live scan operator are not reimbursed.
  • Live scan reimbursement is processed on a first come, first served basis.
    • It is possible to receive the permit application and not the live scan reimbursement.
  • Live scan reimbursement requests must accompany a complete permit application. Live scan requests sent without an application are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Live scan reimbursements must be accompanied by an authorized receipt showing the amount paid.
    • Using a service like Certifix is acceptable, but the receipt showing amount paid must be submitted, live scan Form 41LS is not sufficient to show payment.


  • Official transcripts or a completed etranscript form must accompany all permit applications.
    • Official transcripts have a security feature and/or feature a raised seal.
    • Etranscripts must be sent directly to an authorized agency.
      • The CTC maintains the right to request an official transcript through a traditional method if there is any reason to doubt the authenticity of the submission.
  • Electronic transcripts cannot be sent directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing if the applicant is requesting the stipend. Etranscripts must be sent to CDTC or an authorized agency (such as a County Office of Education) and submitted as "Verified True" per the CTC policies.
  • Paper transcripts DO NOT need to be in a sealed envelope. Opened transcripts are accepted so long as they follow the CTC guidance for being official (security paper and/or raised seal).
  • Foreign transcripts are accepted, but must be accompanied by a complete evaluation by an approved organization listed on the CTC website.
    • The CTC will attempt to return transcripts if accompanied by a return envelope and a request for return.
  • Unofficial transcripts, transcripts printed at home, photo copies of diplomas, Word Documents, and Registrar letters are not acceptable for degree verification.
  • Applications for upgrades must include transcripts showing ALL educational requirements, not just additional courses taken for the upgrade.
    • The CTC does not keep records of the education used to issue the first permit, and treats each application individually.
  • Transcripts must be from a regionally-accredited college or university. A listing can be found on the CTC website.