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Fingerprinting Information

The fingerprinting process takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Please schedule an appointment when you have enough time. Please do not bring children with you.

To schedule an appointment please call Traci Pantano at 509-963-2661 or stop by Black Hall 228.

Fingerprinting appointments fill quickly, therefore, if you are unable to keep your fingerprinting appointment, you must notify our office at 509-963-2661 immediately.

 

Prior to Your Appointment

Each individual must complete the Individual Information Form for Electronic Fingerprinting prior to the appointment. If you cannot complete the form prior to your appointment, arrive ten (10) minutes early to complete it. All the information on the form is required. Failure to complete the form will result in no prints being taken.

 

During your Appointment

You must present a government issued form of identification (i.e., driver's license, military id or passport). Your CWU Connection Card is NOT an acceptable form of government issued identification.

The fee associated with the fingerprint process is $80.39. You may use your CWU ID to pay for the fee (you must present your CWU ID card before your account can be charged), or you may pay by check for the exact amount. If you do not have a CWU student account, the CWU Certification Office can only accept a check for the exact amount of the fingerprinting fee. We do not accept cash or debit/credit cards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-traditional candidates and/or candidates who have had specific past careers/hobbies may experience difficulty with fingerprint clearance. You may be asked to return to have your fingers scanned one or more times if the CWU Certification Office is unable to process your prints the first time. Please allow enough time for clearance should this be the case.

 

Fingerprinting Voucher

The Inspirus Credit Union (formerly School Employees Credit Union) has graciously donated funds to help support future educators by covering the cost ($80.39) associated with having fingerprint clearance for student teaching purposes.

CWU Teacher Certification candidates may download the Fingerprinting Voucher Application form and submit it to the CWU Teacher Certification Office by the specified deadline on the voucher application.

If selected to receive a voucher, the recipient must submit, to the CWU Teacher Certification Office, a hand-written thank you note to the donor prior to receiving the funds.

 

Clearance

If you believe the results of your background check from the FBI are not complete or are wrong, you have an opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information by sending a written challenge request to the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division
Attn: Correspondence Group
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306
 

Your written request to the FBI should clearly identify the information that you feel is inaccurate or incomplete and should include copies of any available proof or documents that support your claim. The correspondence group will contact appropriate agencies to try to verify or correct challenged entries for you. When the FBI receives official communication from the agency with jurisdiction over the matter, the FBI will make appropriate changes and notify you of the outcome. (This process is described in 28 C.F.R.)

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