I was fingerprinted using an ink card just
prior to the District getting the Live Scan fingerprinting equipment.
Why do I have to be printed again?
The new statute requires a Level 2 background screening, thus requiring electronic fingerprinting.
I was fingerprinted after June 27, 2004, using the Live Scan fingerprinting equipment. Why do I have to be fingerprinted again?
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) did not maintain a copy
of the electronically submitted fingerprints until July 1, 2004.
I have been fingerprinted before. Why can’t I use those prints?
At this time we are not able to scan the ink cards,
therefore everyone must be electronically fingerprinted with the Live
Scan fingerprinting equipment after July 1, 2004.
What do I bring to District Security?
A Valid driver license or state identification card.
Where do I obtain the paperwork needed for fingerprinting?
Vendors/contractors – Fingerprint Services
Students – college or university you attend
Prospective employees – site or department offering the position
Why can’t I be printed on an ink card instead of being fingerprinted electronically?
The State is changing all fingerprinting to
electronic. This is to ensure the integrity of the background screening
process, enhance the electronic fingerprinting system and to maintain
safety of the children.
Why can’t I go to a law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted?
Law enforcement agencies only fingerprint people
who have been arrested or need their fingerprints done on an ink card.
These particular fingerprints that are done at law enforcement agencies
cannot be submitted electronically. In Fingerprint Services, where
electronic fingerprinting is done, they verify the identification of the
person being fingerprinted and for what purpose they are being
What is a Level II background screening?
A Level II background screening is not a new
process. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is using state-of-the-art equipment
and information to process prints electronically to ensure that the
highest possible quality background check is done through the Florida
Crime Information Center (FCIC) and the National Crime Information
I have a “security clearance” for my job. Why can’t those be utilized for this purpose?
In order to verify that a background check is
up-to-date and that the appropriate Level II background screening has
been accomplished all background screening must be conducted through
Fingerprint Services. The state of Florida does not have a shared
database to utilize for this purpose.
Who in the District needs to be fingerprinted, and why?
Every person with the District who works directly
with students MUST be electronically fingerprinted. These include:
teachers, teaching assistants, bus driver, cafeteria workers,
custodians, support staff in schools, interns, and teachers on
assignment. Anyone who is in a school, employed by the District, or
contracted in any way MUST have a Level II background screening
I have a previous arrest history that I do not
want everyone to see. Who has access to the information I provide to be
The information is highly confidential and may be shared, per Florida
State Statute, only with appropriate personnel relating to the
I have just retired but I would like to renew my certification. Do I need to be printed and do I need to pay?
Yes, you will need to be fingerprinted again per Senate Bill 2986 * www.flsenate.gov
for your certification. Yes, you will have to pay because you are no
longer with the Leon County School Board and it is your choice to re-new
your certification. We do not fingerprint for certification renewal if
you are retired, only if you are a full time employee.
I am a volunteer but I am thinking about becoming a substitute, do I have to be fingerprinted again?
Yes. However, we recommend that you be
fingerprinted as a substitute and once your background is complete we
can put you in a registered status for Volunteer. Fingerprints are not
stored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for
volunteers, therefore you must have fingerprints on file to be employed
with the school district.
I was an employee with the School District and
was fingerprinted after the July 1, 2004 cut off date. However, I have
been inactive and haven’t been working in the District, do I need to be
Unless you are a teacher, the fingerprints are in
file, so reprints are not necessary. In the case of teacher's prints,
the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) requires their prints on file
within one year of their certification renewal.
I am a substitute teacher and I have just been hired. Do I have to be re-fingerprinted and do I have to pay?
If you were fingerprinted prior to July 1, 2004,
you will have to pay and be re-fingerprinted. If you were printed after
that date you can update that background file, especially if prints are
required for FDOE re-certification purposes.