Digital Fingerprinting – Cost $88.25
NCESD is currently offering Digital Fingerprinting services only. This is exclusively for:
- Certified and classified staff applying or being hired by a school district
- Staff trying to obtain or renew certification
- Student at a university/college/state program completing student teaching
Ink Card Fingerprinting – Cost $35.00
NCESD currently has Ink Card Fingerprinting services temporarily suspended, as this method would require hand-over-hand and close proximity. Ink Card services are offered to:
- New hires/applicants whose employer requires background check (Ex: Banks, Casinos, law enforcement, forestry.)
- Real Estate licensing
- Out of state background
- Other legal reasons
*Ink cards are provided by NCESD if needed. It is up to the individual to submit these cards to the appropriate entity required for their license/permit/background.
Important Note About Fingerprinting Results
NCESD uses a Livescan system (digital fingerprints) to scan fingerprints. If your fingerprints are of good quality, live-scan reduces the turnaround time to obtain the results. If your fingerprints are of poor quality we cannot get a satisfactory result, and the prints are rejected by the Washington State Patrol (WSP). Prints are of poor quality if you have worn or fine ridges in your prints.
The WSP recommends persons with worn/fine ridge detail be fingerprinted using the ink-and-roll method with retabs as necessary. Printer’s ink is more effective for recording very fine ridge detail than digital fingerprinting.
If you are concerned about worn prints, please let the fingerprint technician know before your prints are taken. We cannot refund the fingerprinting fee once we have submitted prints electronically.
To learn more about our on-site fingerprint service for your district please email NCESD.
For more information about the fingerprinting requirement, please visit the OSPI website.