Fingerprint Clearance

ALL University of North Alabama education majors must secure background suitability clearance from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) based on ASBI/FBI fingerprints. Suitability clearance must be secured prior to registering for any education courses which include clinical experiences. Clearance through the Police Department or DHR will not satisfy this requirement.

 Step 1: Register

  • Visit the Gemalto website to register.
  • BEFORE arriving at the fingerprint location, you must register and pay for your fingerprint appointment.
    • The fingerprint-scanning fee is currently $48.15.
  • Applicants should print one (1) copy of the applicant registration receipt to take to the fingerprint appointment.
  • NOTE—Do not bring the receipt to the Office of Educator Preparation.

Step 2: Get Fingerprinted

     The Gemalto fingerprinting site closest to UNA is Central Mail Stop.

Central Mail Stop
Address: 11385 Hwy 20 Florence AL 35630
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30am to 3:00pm. 
Phone: (256) 712-5610
Website: https://central-mail-stop.business.site/

  • Take one copy of your fingerprint registration receipt to the Central Mail Stop (or closest Gemalto location to you) fingerprinting office.
    • Make sure you bring a state-issued photo ID to the appointment.
  • Central Mail Stop will take your fingerprints and transmit them electronically to the Alabama State Department of Education. It usually takes 2-3 days for the ALSDE to receive your clearance.

 Step 3: Confirm Clearance

  • In 7-10 business days, you should receive a letter via USPS from the Alabama State Department of Education.
    • DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IT MAY TAKE LONGER TO RECEIVE YOUR CLEARANCE LETTER.
    • PLEASE EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS/CONCERNS TO edprep@una.edu
  • Email your L# and a color photo of your letter from ALSDE to the Office of Educator Preparation at: edprep@una.edu.
    • It is your responsibility to keep up with the original ALSDE clearance letter.  You will NOT be able to get a copy from the Office of Educator Preparation.
  • Please allow a minimum of two hours for us to post the information and clear you in the University system.