APPLY! REQUEST

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 Cogent website at https://www.cogentid.com/al/index_adeNew.htm.
  • BEFORE arriving at the fingerprint location, you must register and pay for your fingerprint appointment.
    • The fingerprint-scanning fee is currently $46.90.
  • 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 Cogent fingerprinting site closest to UNA is Central Mail Stop.

Central Mail Stop • (256) 712-5610 • 11385 Hwy 20 Florence AL 35630 • http://www.centralmailstop.com/

Mon-Fri 7:30am to 4:00pm. 

  • Take one copy of your fingerprint registration receipt to the Central Mail Stop 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 from the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • Bring your Mane Card and the ORIGINAL letter from ALSDE to the Office of Educator Preparation in Stevens Hall Suite 515.
  • We will make a copy of the ALSDE letter and give the original back to you.
    • 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.
  • Allow a minimum of two hoursfor us to post the information and clear you in the University system.