**Due to COVID-19, the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s Main Office fingerprinting location is temporarily closed until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation. Please check back for updates.**
All applicants for employment with the Berks County Intermediate Unit are required to obtain a Federal Criminal History Record. Applicants must follow the following procedures.
The fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process, as follows:
The applicant must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Walk-in service is allowed but all applicants are required to complete pre-enrollment either online or over the phone.
Online registration is available 24 hours at identogo.com. Registration via phone is available at 1-844-321-2101, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. During the pre-enrollment process, all demographic data for the applicant is collected (name, address, etc.) along with notices about identification requirements and other important information.
The applicant will pay a fee of $22.60 for the fingerprint service and to secure an unofficial copy of the Criminal History Record. Major Credit Cards as well as Money orders or cashier’s checks payable to MorphoTrust will be accepted on site for those applicants who are required to pay individually. No cash transactions or personal checks are allowed.
During the pre-enrollment process, an applicant must select a fingerprint site of their choice. The system will prompt the applicant to select a date/time to be fingerprinted or they may select “walk-in.” If choosing “walk-in,” please note that scheduled appointments take priority.
After the registration process is completed, the applicant proceeds to the fingerprint site of their choice for fingerprinting. The location of the fingerprint sites and days and hours of operation for each site are posted on IDEMIA’s website at identogo.com.
At the fingerprint site the Enrollment Agent (EA) manages the fingerprint collection process. The fingerprint transaction begins when the EA reviews the applicant’s qualified State or Federal photo ID before processing the applicant’s transaction. A list of approved ID type may be found on the IDEMIA website at identogo.com. Applicants will not be processed if they cannot produce an acceptable photo ID. After the identity of the applicant has been established, all 10 fingers are scanned to complete the process.
For the public or private school or higher education institution to access the official report via the electronic system, applicants must present their UEID to the hiring entity (as shown on the receipt provided after fingerprint capture). This process allows an applicant to provide multiple potential employers with their UEID, as the report is linked to the UEID number and not assigned to a specific school.
If an applicant has lost their receipt or needs to confirm the UEID, the applicant may visit the UEP website (identogo.com) and simply check the status of their file by providing alternate personal information. Applicants will enter their personal information after clicking in the lower portion of that screen to obtain their receipt with the UEID.
Applicants will receive an unofficial copy of their report. However, the school is required to review the official CHRI online and print a file copy of the CHRI if the applicant is hired by the school or their contractor, or if the applicant is approved for student teaching.
More information regarding fingerprinting locations and the process for obtaining an FBI fingerprint based background check report may be found at identogo.com.
Applicants and schools with policy questions may contact PDE at (717) 783-3750 or RA-PDE-SchoolService@pa.gov.
Fingerprint Services Customer Service Call Center: 1-844-321-2101.
Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania