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Frequently Requested Information
Cogent Finger Printing

The Cogent Systems Livescan is an FBI certified fingerprint collection device that complies with all appropriate NIST/ANSI requirements and FBI communication protocols for Livescan. The Livescan performs crucial quality control steps on each fingerprint collected. It uses FBI certified software to package and submit your fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police, who channels them to the FBI. 

Beginning December 1, 2008, the applicants’ scanned fingerprints will be forwarded directly from Cogent Systems to the FBI.  The report from the FBI will be sent electronically to Cogent Systems.  The report will then be available online, in a secure server, for review by Administrators from approved school entities.   The Administrator will review the applicant’s report, once the Administrator receives the applicant’s Registration ID. 

Under normal circumstances, the applicant should expect the CHRI report to be available to the Administrator within two days of being fingerprinted.  Applicants are advised to keep a copy of their Registration Receipt that includes their Registration ID.   A copy of the receipt may be obtained at  Please click on Proof of Transaction (Receipts).

Applicants who requested a paper copy of the report when they registered will receive a paper copy of the report, via U.S. Mail, from Cogent Systems.  The report will be mailed to the address used by the applicant for registration.  The paper copy will be printed on 8.5” X 11” paper with the Department of Education logo imbedded on the paper.  This document does not constitute the official record – it is considered the “unofficial copy”, the official CHRI report is online. 

Act 114 of 2006, Section 111 of the Public School Code was amended effective April 1, 2007.  All student teachers (participating in classroom teaching, internships, clinical or field experience) and all prospective employees (including but not limited to administrators, teachers, substitutes, janitors, cafeteria workers, office employees) of public and private schools, Intermediate Units and area vocational-technical schools, including independent contractors and their employees and bus drivers, who have direct contact with children, must provide to their employer a copy of their Pennsylvania State Criminal History Background Check and their Federal Criminal History Record that cannot be more than one (1) year old. 

This only applies to employees hired on or after April 1, 2007.  Employees hired prior to April 1, 2007, are only required to provide the Federal Criminal History record if they have lived outside of the state for at least two years immediately preceding their application for employment.

How can I pay for my fingerprinting?

Payment may be made online at the time of registration using a debit or credit card.  Payment may also be made with a Money Order or Cashiers Check at the fingerprint location.  Money Orders and Cashiers Checks must be made out to COGENT SYSTEMS.  NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS and NO ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS for background checks will be accepted at the fingerprint sites. 

You must be registered first before proceeding to a fingerprint site.  At the fingerprint site you will be asked to produce a qualified State or Federal photo ID before processing may begin.  Applicants will not be processed if they cannot produce acceptable identification.

If you have not received you unofficial copy and were fingerprinted within the last 30 days, please call Cogent Systems at 1-888-439-2486 Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm EST or email us at or

First you need to go to and register.

You may also register by phone at 1-888-439-2486

After you register on-line print off the registration number.

Call (570) 723-8231 for an appointment

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Shaun Johnson
Hours:  Monday thru Friday   8:00am  - 3:30pm
Phone:  (570) 723-8231