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Background Check and Fingerprint Information

Alabama Students Seeking Fingerprint Clearance

Applicants living inside of Alabama are to complete the background clearance process at a designated fingerprint site. Instructions regarding this process can be found at the Cogent Systems website,, or by calling (866) 989-9316 (toll free).

If you need to contact the ALSDE Background Review Staff, the number is (334) 353-8567.

UWA Police Department Fingerprint Policy

Effective June 1, 2015 UWA Police will be fingerprinting applicants for the Department of Education and other entities via Cogent on the following days.
Applicants should register with Cogent prior to arriving for printing.

TUESDAY 10:00am – Noon

THURSDAY 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

SATURDAY 9:00 am – Noon

Go to This link takes you directly to the Cogent Systems website.

  • Review the “Registration Procedures” link.

  • Register and pay online with a debit or credit card. If paying by MONEY ORDER, it must be payable to Cogent Systems for the exact amount of $48.15.

  • Print the confirmation page, call the University Police Department at 205-652-3602 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to make an appointment if you are unable to come during the above listed times. Under no circumstances will you be fingerprinted if the above steps have NOT been completed.

Out of State Students Seeking Fingerprint Clearance in Alabama

Applicants living outside of Alabama who are not able to report to a designated fingerprint site in Alabama are to:

Go to the Cogent Systems Website at to register online AND

Contact the Educator Certification Section at (334) 353-8567 or e-mail (you must include a full name and mailing address) to request two fingerprint cards.

Once the fingerprint cards are received, the applicant must contact a local law enforcement agency outside of Alabama to be fingerprinted on the cards received from the ALSDE Educator Certification Section. After being fingerprinted, the applicant must send one completed fingerprint card and a money order or cashier’s check in the amount of $56.15 made payable to Cogent Systems to the following address: 3M Cogent Inc. / ALSDE Cards Scan / 639 N Rosemead Boulevard / Pasadena, CA 91107. The applicant should keep the second completed fingerprint card in case a reprint notice is received from Cogent Systems.