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					                      FINGERPRINT REQUIREMENT INSTRUCTIONS
                   CERTIFICATION / COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS

                                      About Fingerprint Records
                        http://www.k12.wa.us/ProfPractices/fingerprint/default.aspx

Digital technology centralizes fingerprinting for employment or certification applicants. If you are
planning to apply for a Washington State teaching certificate or employment at any K-12 public school,
visit your Educational Service District (ESD) office first. Digital (live scan) fingerprint machines are
available in all ESD offices.

Live scan technology takes high-quality prints by scanning the fingers of both hands and creating a digital
image. The electronic scanner is easy to use and eliminates the need to ink your fingerprints onto a special
card. The addition of digital technology to the fingerprint process means no mail, no extra trips, and no
waits.

                                     How to Get a Digital Fingerprint

These four simple steps will get your digital fingerprint into the background check process quickly and
easily:

    1.   Appear in-person at one of the state’s ESD offices (see below for location of offices in Western
         Washington). Call first, you may need an appointment.

    2.   ESD staff will take down your basic demographic information.

    3.   Pay the appropriate fee.

    4.   The live scan machine scans, records, and submits your fingerprints electronically to the
         Washington State Patrol.

ESD 112                              Olympic ESD 114                      Northwest ESD 189
2500 N.E. 65th Ave.                  105 National Ave. N.                 1601 R Avenue
Vancouver, 98661                     Bremerton, 98312                     Anacortes, 98221
(360) 750-7500                       (360) 479-0993                       (360) 299-4000
http://www.esd112.org                http://www.oesd.wednet.edu           http://www.esd189.org

Olympic ESD 113 - walk in only       Puget Sound ESD 121
6005 Tyee Drive SW                   800 Oakesdale Ave SW
Tumwater, WA                         Renton, 98057
(360) 479-0993                       (425) 917-7600, (800) 664-4549
http://www.oesd.wednet.edu           http://www.psesd.org

                                    Alternatives for Applicants
                  Who Can’t Access or Use a Live Scan Machine, Poor Quality Prints

If you can’t access a live scan machine at one of Washington’s ESDs, or need an alternate way to complete
a fingerprint record check, please review the following alternatives:


Your fingerprints are       1. Request a fingerprint card from OSPI or an ESD.
unscannable                 2. Bring the card to the WSP or other law enforcement agency where they will
                               complete the ink card process.
                            3. Mail the completed fingerprint card and fee to OSPI at:
                               Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
                               OSPI Fiscal Office
                               PO Box 47200
                               Olympia, WA 98504
You plan to provide        1. Request a Request for Electronic Applicant Submission form from OSPI or
digital (live scan)           an ESD.
fingerprints at a law      2. Complete the form, enclose the fee, and return the form to OSPI or the
enforcement agency.           ESD.
                           3. OSPI/ESD will process the form and return it to you by mail.
                           4. Bring the processed form to a law enforcement agency able to transmit live
                              scan fingerprints directly to WSP, and complete the fingerprint scan there.

You plan to be             1. Make sure the fingerprinting service prints out a hard copy of your
fingerprinted by a            completed fingerprint card.
private fingerprinting     2. Mail the completed fingerprint card and fee to OSPI at:
service                       Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
                              OSPI Fiscal Office
                              PO Box 47200
                              Olympia, WA 98504

Your live scan or          Alternative solution #1: get a second live scan
inked card                 1. Have your ESD or law enforcement agency rescan your fingerprints.
fingerprints are           2. Ask for a hard copy print out of the new scan.
rejected because of        3. Attach the rejected fingerprint card to the new scanned and printed
poor print quality            fingerprint card.
                           4. Mail the completed fingerprint cards to WSP at:
                              Washington State Patrol
                              Identification & Criminal History Section
                              PO Box 42633
                              Olympia, WA 98504-2633
                           Alternative solution #2: get a second inked fingerprint card
                           1. Request a fingerprint card from OSPI, your school district or ESD.
                           2. Return to the agency that inked your first set of fingerprints onto the card
                              and have your fingerprints ink-and-rolled a second time.
                           3. Attach the rejected fingerprint card to the new (completed) fingerprint card.
                           4. Mail the completed fingerprint cards to WSP at:
                              Washington State Patrol
                              Identification & Criminal History Section
                              PO Box 42633
                              Olympia, WA 98504-2633


                                          Fingerprint Records
                                           Fees and Payment

The payment process is easy and convenient. Pay the appropriate fee for your fingerprint record check at
the time and place of service – any one of Washington State’s Educational Service Districts.

   The fingerprint background check fee is $46.25 plus the ESD processing.

If submitting payment to an ESD, fees are payable by cashier’s check or money order ONLY. If you are
submitting your fee to OSPI, personal/business checks will also be accepted.

Important reminder: The Washington State Patrol no longer collects fees for education-related job and
certification fingerprint record checks.

				
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