Fingerprinting Instructions

Complete fingerprinting for a background clearance from Gemalto Cogent Systems.

Step 1:  Registration - Register online at Gemalto Cogent Systems

Step 2:  Payment - Fingerprint fee of $48.15 may be made online at time of registration. 

Step 3:  Fingerprinting - Visit any Gemalto Cogent fingerprint location in Alabama.  See Print Locations and Hours at Gemalto Cogent Systems.  Fingerprints are processed by appointment.  Also, a valid, government issued photo ID must be presented at the time of the appointment.

Step 4:  Results - You will receive a letter from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) stating that you have been printed and are suitable to teach.  Teacher Education Services will access background clearance from the ALSDE portal. Previous clearance (substitute license, teacher's aide, or school staff) may be acceptable. Please contact the Teacher Service Center for more information.

Out-of-State Procedures

If you live out of state and cannot come to a Gemalto Cogent site in Alabama to have your prints taken electronically, you may submit a fingerprint card typically done at your local law enforcement agency.  Please include a money order or cashier's check payable to Gemalto Cogent in the amount of $56.15 to the following address.  

   ALSDE Cards Scan
   639 N. Rosemead Blvd.
   Pasadena, CA  91107

It is suggested that you have two (2) fingerprint cards printed but submit only one (1) to Gemalto Cogent.  In the event your first card is rejected, you would be required to submit your second card at a later date.