PA Cogent Fingerprinting is the official fingerprinting vendor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking, Department of Education, Department of Aging and Department of Public Welfare.
Cogent/ LiveScan Fingerprinting is needed for a number of state licensed professions including:
- Student Teachers (participating in classroom teaching, internships, clinical or field experiences)
- All prospective employees of public and private schools, Intermediate Units and area vocational-technical schools (including administrators, teachers, janitors, cafeteria works, office employees)
- Independent Contractors working in public and private schools
- Bus Drivers of public and private schools
- Daycare Workers
- Long Term Care Facilities
- Nursing Homes
- Any prospective employee of a child care service
- Persons seeking to operate child care services
- Self-employed family day care providers
- Department of Banking Licensing
- Department of Public Welfare Licensing
- Department of Education Licensing
- Act 114 Licensing
What am I required to bring to the fingerprint site?
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. See What to bring for a list of approved ID types. Applicants will not be processed if they cannot produce acceptable identification.
How do I know if my personal information is secure?
Your personal data traveling from the fingerprint equipment is comprehensively secured and regulated by both Cogent Systems and State and Federal regulations governing the use of that data.
The Cogent statewide fingerprint service is housed within a secured network that is protected by firewall devices configured explicitly to allow only permissible protocols and traffic. Cogent ensures that all of the fingerprint machine’s background check submissions adhere to both the FBI’s and Pennsylvania State Police’s Security requirements. All communication traffic to and from the fingerprint machine is either encrypted or conducted through encrypted ports.
Where do I register for fingerprinting?
Registration involves collecting pertinent demographic information that is required by law from each applicant. During registration you will also be given the chance to pay electronically for your background check. Registration is best conducted online at http://www.pa.cogentid.com. This way you can insure the correctness of all demographic information you submit. Online registration alleviates many data collection problems and effectively speeds processing at the fingerprint site. After you have registered on the Cogent site, please give us a call at 1-888-281-9535 and press option 3 or contact us to schedule an appointment.
Do I have to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted?
No, Know It All Intelligence group accepts walk-in fingerprinting requests at our Bensalem, Bucks County location. We work on a first come, first serve basis.
Our hours for fingerprinting are:
Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm
Do you offer Mobile Cogent Fingerprinting for my group?
Yes, Know It All Intelligence Group offers mobile fingerprinting for any group that requires to be fingerprinted through the Cogent System. Please give us a call at (888) 281-9535 and press option 3 for our fingerprinting division. We offer mobile cogent fingerprinting throughout the Delaware Valley, including Bucks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Delaware County and Chester County.
Will I still have to complete my other required background checks?
The fingerprint based background check is conducted in addition to your other State required checks. Know It All Intelligence Group can assist you in completing your PA Statewide Criminal Background Check, as well as your PA Child Abuse Clearances. We offer Instant PA State Police Criminal History Checks for $25 (includes state fee)
Know It All Intelligence Group is the only Employment Screening Company able to provide Cogent Fingerprinting.
Since we are a full service employment screening firm, we can assist your organization with resume verification, education and employment verifications, professional license verifications, as well as e-verify, I-9 compliance, drug testing and more. Know It All Intelligence Group is your one stop shop for complete Employee Background Screening.
Where are you located?
Know It All Intelligence Group is in a professional office building located conveniently to Route 1, PA Turnpike and I-95 in Bensalem, PA. We are minutes from Philadelphia. Contact Us for more information.
If you are looking for traditional ink fingerprinting, please click here for more information.
We also offer Instant Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Checks for $25 (includes state fee).