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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)  

The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires certain individuals to obtain clearances in order to be employed, be a resource parent (foster or adoptive), or be a volunteer with children. The purpose for requiring clearances is to provide employers and those selecting volunteers with information to use as part of a larger decision-making process whether to hire someone as an employee or select them as a volunteer. Agencies and organizations must ensure that clearances are obtained in accordance with the CPSL.


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 two years or if it is part of a child abuse clearance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

​Licensing

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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.