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Online Fingerprinting

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IDEMIA is Pennsylvania's vendor for digital fingerprinting. You can register and be fingerprinted at an IdentoGO location. You do not need an appointment to be fingerprinted, but you must pre-register. Once you are registered, you may visit any location during operating hours. Please note, scheduling an appointment may lead to less or no wait times. In order to pre-register for an FBI background check and/or find a fingerprinting location, applicants should visit the IdentoGO website.
If you have questions about FBI clearances, please contact the FBI Background Check Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422. For questions about IDEMIA registration, processing or billing, please contact IDEMIA/IdentoGo at 1-844-321-2101.
IDEMIA uses service codes when identifying the purpose of why an applicant is being fingerprinted. Service codes are a required field for all pre-registrations, and the Department of Human Services' (DHS) codes are provided below. These codes ensure applicants are processed for the correct purpose and agency.

For FAQs or additional information on fingerprinting services, locations or scheduling an appointment, applicants are encouraged to visit the IDEMIA supplier website or IdentoGO website.

Clearances

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Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF)  

1KG6ZJ: Volunteer
An individual applying for or holding an unpaid position as a volunteer with a child care service, a school or a program, activity or service, as a person responsible for the child's welfare or having direct volunteer contact with children.

1KG71B: Foster Parent

An individual responsible for providing foster family care to children placed by a Family Foster Care Agency.

1KG72V: Prospective Adoptive Parent
An individual who is engaged in the process of becoming an adoptive parent by establishing a legal relationship between parent and child when not related by birth.

1KG738: Care Services/Program Employee or Contractor

Any employee or contractor of a child care service or program, including but not limited to a child care center or home, residential facility or center, behavioral health service, substance use service, early intervention service, or child care service offered by a school.

1KG74S: Family Child Care Home Provider

A residence where child care is provided at any time to no less than four children and no more than six children who are not relatives of the caregiver.

1KG756: Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children

An employee age 14 or older who would not fall under the child care services/program employee or contractor definition, and who has care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.

1KG76Q: Individual >=18 Years in Foster Home

An individual 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a foster parent for at least 30 days in a calendar year

1KG774: Individual >=18 Years in Prospective Adoptive Home

An individual 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a prospective adoptive parent for at least 30 days in a calendar year.

1KG78K: Individual >=18 Years in Licensed Child Care Home

An individual age 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a licensed child care home for at least 30 days in a calendar year, in which child care is provided at any one time to four, five or six children unrelated to the operator.

1KG8TG: Individual >=18 Years in Family Living, Community, or Host Home

An individual age 18 years of age or older who resides for at least 30 days in a calendar year in the following homes:
   • Family living: the private home of an individual or family in which residential care is provided to one or two individuals with an intellectual disability. 
  • Community home for individuals with an intellectual disability.
  • Host home for children with intellectual disabilities receiving supervised independent living services.

For questions related to the status of an FBI background check after being fingerprinted under a DHS, OCYF service code, the applicant can contact the ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or toll-free at 1-877-371-5422. Learn more about Child Abuse History Clearances.



Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL)

The code for a worker in an OLTL program depends on whether the FBI clearance is being obtained because the worker has lived out of state in the last 2 years or if it is part of a child abuse clearance.


1KG756: Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children

An employee age 14 or older who would not fall under the child care services/program employee or contractor definition, and who has care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.

1KG8RJ: OLTL worker who lived out of state for more than two years

A worker who has lived out of state in the last two years must use the Department of Aging code.


Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

**Please do not register through either of the below links unless you have been notified by the department that you, or the provider you own, are classified as a high-risk provider and must be fingerprinted. Applicants seeking Child Abuse Clearances for purposes of employment, due to working with children, for example, should NOT use the below links. Please call OMAP Provider Enrollment at 1-800-537-8862 to obtain the OMAP IdentoGo Service Code. If you are an individual provider who has been placed in the "high" categorical risk level, please visit IdentoGo and follow the instructions provided for obtaining a fingerprint-based criminal background check. If you are the owner of a provider that has been placed in the "high" categorical risk level, please visit IdentoGo and follow the instructions provided for obtaining a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Once registered, you will be assigned a registration code. Please enter that code and the date of your screening into the Electronic Provider Portal application.

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What's New

The Spring schedule is now available for the free training programs for Personal Care and Assisted Living Administrators provided by Northampton Community College. Links to these trainings can be found under the Personal Care Home Licensing and Assisted Living Residence Licensing tabs under "Training Information", or you can visit the college's website at www.northampton.edu/pcha and click on the link: View descriptions and course registration information for currently available classes. If you have any questions, please call the college at 1-877-543-0998.
New Free training programs for Personal Care and Assisted Living Administrators provided by Temple University. The training sessions are titled: "Introduction to Motivational Interviewing" and "Person-Centered Assessments and Support Plans". Links to these trainings can be found under the Personal Care Home Licensing and Assisted Living Residence Licensing tabs, or you can visit the Institute's website at noncredit.temple.edu/ips/pcha to register for the training sessions. If you have any questions, please email pamela.vierra@temple.edu, or call the institute at 215-204-4866 if you need technical assistance with registering.