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Fingerprinting Background Clearance

All Athens State University College of Education students and Arts & Sciences Licensure and Certification students that are degree seeking are required to be fingerprinted and ABI/FBI cleared for the Alabama State Department of Education at the beginning of the first semester of enrollment.

Fingerprint clearance is required to successfully submit an online field experience application for courses requiring field experience.

If you hold an Alabama substitute license or a letter of suitability for employment in a school system, please email Mrs. Sharron Woods with this information. (We do not accept DHR letters of suitability for students placed in K-12 school settings.)

For additional information contact:
Mrs. Sharron Woods
Phone: 256‐216‐6602


STEP 1 ‐ Registration
Register prior to arriving at a fingerprint location

  1. Option 1 ‐ Online Registration (Cogent encourages ALL applicants to register online)
  2. Option 2 ‐ Telephone Registration (866)989-‐9316
  3. Option 3 – Out of State Applicants/Paper Fingerprint Cards
    • Out of State applicants may submit a completed fingerprint card AND a money order or cashier’s check in the amount of $57.65 made out to 3M Cogent. Applicants MUST register ONLINE prior to mailing in fingerprint cards AND must include their REGISTRATION ID. Submit fingerprint cards to:

      3M Cogent
      ALSDE Cards Scan
      5025 Brandenton Avenue Suite 100
      Dublin, OH 43017

Fingerprint Fee ‐ $49.65

  • Applicants may pay online during registration using a debit or credit card.
  • No cash, credit card or business checks are accepted at the fingerprint locations.
  • Applicants may pay at the fingerprint site with money order or cashier check.
  • Payments must be made out to 3M Cogent.
  • Payment amount for ALSDE fingerprinting is $49.65.


  1. Visit any 3M Cogent fingerprint location in Alabama
  2. Be sure to bring valid identification with you to the print location.

All Athens State University College of Education students and Arts & Sciences Licensure and Certification students that are degree seeking must submit an email to Mrs. Sharron Woods., after the actual fingerprinting process has been completed at the fingerprint location, (Completion of STEP 3).

Email the following information to Mrs. Sharron Woods.

Subject Line – Fingerprint Step 3 Completed
Athens State student ID number
Statement: I completed Step 3 of the fingerprinting process on ____ .(Include the actual date of completion.)

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