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Guide to Fingerprinting in New York

A step-by-step guide with screenshots to complete fingerprinting in New York
state flag of New York with fingerprint icon in the top right corner

Fingerprinting Requirement

A fingerprint background check by the New York State Education Department is required by law for anyone who will work in a school setting. Your fingerprints will be run through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services database as well as the FBI database. If you fail the background check due to a criminal history, or if you have had a professional license suspended, revoked, or voluntarily surrendered, you are not eligible to work as a substitute teacher.

For more information, click here to visit the NYSED page on Criminal History questions and due process procedures.

Steps for Fingerprinting in New York

To get started, go to the onboarding screen on the Senya app and click on the New York Fingerprint Clearance item.

Senya NY fingerprint clearance item

A box will appear with steps to complete fingerprinting. Click on the Step 1 "Schedule" button.

Senya fingerprint appointment schedule box

This will take you to the IdentoGO website. You should see the correct code at the top of the page (14ZGR7 - New York Dept of Education - Employee). This will ensure that your fingerprints are shared with the New York State Education Department. Click the top link "Schedule or Manage Appointment."

IdentoGo option screen

Read the Privacy Statement and then click the "Next" button on the bottom right corner.

IdentoGo privacy statement page

On the Essential Info screen, enter the required information in the text fields. All required fields are marked with a red * asterisk.

Then, click the "Next" button on the bottom right corner.

IdentoGo essential info page
IdentoGo essential info page

On the Personal Questions screen, click either "Yes" or "No" for each question. Type any additional information required by your answers. Click "No" for an Authorization Code and then click the "Next" button on the bottom right corner.

IdentoGo personal questions screen

On the Personal Info screen, enter the required information in the text fields.

Then, click the "Next" button on the bottom right corner.

IdentoGo personal info screen

On the Address screen, enter the required information in the text fields.

Then, click the "Next" button on the bottom right corner.

IdentoGo address screen

On the Documents screen, choose what form of identification you will bring to your fingerprinting appointment. The dropdown menu has many options; most people choose to bring their driver's license or passport. Answer the required question under the dropdown menu, then click the "Next" button on the bottom right corner.

IdentoGo documents screen

On the Location screen, enter your ZIP code or city and state and then click the "Search" button to view the closest fingerprinting offices.

IdentoGo location screen

The following image is an example of a search for offices near Brooklyn, NY.

IdentoGo location screen

Once you choose an office location where you will go to get fingerprinted, select a date and time from the dropdown menus.

Then, click the "Submit" button.

IdentoGo date and time screen

The cost of fingerprinting and the New York State Education Department background check is a total of $101.75. You may be given the option to pay online; otherwise, be prepared to pay at the time of your appointment. You should receive an appointment confirmation email from IdentoGO, which you should keep in case you need to reference it during your appointment.

Individuals who do not have a criminal history may be approved by NYSED within a few business days. The sooner you can get your fingerprinting completed, the sooner you can be cleared to begin substitute teaching!

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