Background Check

All tutors posting on CTA’s website must pass a background check prior to accepting a job from this site.  Background checks are conducted by a third-party agency called Protect My Ministry at a cost to the applicant of $20.  

The background check comprises of
•    A search of the National Criminal Database to screen for felony or misdemeanor convictions in the past 7 years.
•    A search of the National Sex Offender Registry
•    A Social Security Trace (verifies that that the applicant is not an alias)

Generally, background screens take from 1-3 business days to complete, and tutors will be notified of the results by email. Tutors are welcome to post their profiles before purchasing the background check.  However, background clearance must be obtained prior to the first tutoring session.

If you have further questions regarding the background check or to contest the results of the background check, please contact Protect My Ministry directly at



A Summary of Your Rights Under California Law

Under California law, you are entitled, upon presentation of proper identification(*) , to find out from an investigative “consumer reporting agency” (“CRA”) what is in your file, as follows:
1. In person, by visual inspection of your file during normal business hours and on reasonable notice;

2. By obtaining a summary of it via telephone call, if you have made a written request, with proper identification, for telephone disclosure and the toll charge, if any, for the telephone call is prepaid by you or charged directly to you; or
3. By requesting in writing, with proper identification, that a copy of it be sent to a specified addressee by certified mail.
Investigative CRAs complying with requests for certified mailings shall not be liable for disclosures to third parties caused by mishandling of mail after such mailings leave the investigative CRAs. You also may request a copy of the information in person. The CRA may not charge you more than the actual copying costs for providing you with a copy of your file. The investigative CRA will provide trained personnel to explain any information furnished to you and will provide a written explanation of any coded information contained in files maintained on you. This written explanation will be provided whenever a file is provided to you for visual inspection. You may be accompanied by one other person of your choosing, who must furnish reasonable identification. An investigative CRA may require you to furnish a written statement granting permission to the CRA to discuss your file in such person’s presence. __________________________________
(*) The term “proper identification” as used above shall mean that information generally deemed sufficient to identify a person. Such information includes documents such as a valid driver’s license, social security account number, military identification card, and credit cards. Only if the consumer is unable to reasonably identify himself with the information described herein, may an investigative CRA require additional information concerning your employment and personal or family history in order to verify your identity.



CRAs and creditors

California Attorney General’s Office
Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550 * 800-952-5225

CRAs and creditors

California Department of Consumer Affairs 400 R Street, Suite 1080
Sacramento, CA 95814 * 800-952-5210


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