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This application should take about 10 minutes to complete. Once your application has been submitted, our Business Team will review it and email you the next steps. Please monitor your email in the following weeks, as we will reach out to request additional information.

For the safety of our students, all Community Partners must complete all of the application and onboarding requirements in order to be active in our ordering system prior to providing billed services to any Cottonwood students.

If you have any additional questions about becoming a Community Partner, please see our partner FAQ or email

Current Community Partners do NOT need to reapply.

ORI Info for Partners

What is an ORI?

An ORI is a nine-character identifier containing both alpha and numeric characters assigned by FBI CJIS which validates legal authorization to access Criminal Justice Information (CJI) and identifies the agency in all transactions.c

Why do I need an ORI?

Effective January 2022, Ed Code 45125.1 requires that “Any entity that has a contract with a local educational agency shall ensure that any employee who interacts with pupils, outside of the immediate supervision and control of the pupil’s parent or guardian or a school employee, has a valid criminal records summary as described in Section 44237.”

Benefits for your Business:

  • Applying for an ORI number is FREE!
  • Having the ability to conduct criminal background checks on your employees provides you and your business with an additional layer of protection and minimizes your liability risks.
  • Your employees would only need to be fingerprinted ONE time using your ORI instead of needing to be fingerprinted for each school that you partner with.
  • You and your employees would only need to pay for fingerprints ONE time (average cost is $70-80 per person).

How to apply:

1. Complete this DOJ ORI Application.
2. Email the completed application to or mail to:

Department of Justice
Applicant Information and Certification Program
P.O. Box 903387
Sacramento, CA 94203-3870