Federal (FBI) Criminal History Report

FBI Clearance Process

Applicants MUST register prior to going to a fingerprinting site.  Registration can be completed either on the phone or online.

  1. The website to register is www.pa.cogentid.com and is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

  2. Telephone registration through Cogent is available at 1-888-439-2486, Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm EST. (IMPORTANT: AIU's Fingerprinting hours are 9am-2pm, Monday through Friday.)

  3. Applicants may receive a confirmation number.

  4. The fee for the FBI clearance is $27.00 and can be made online with a credit card or by bringing a Money Order/Cashiers Check payable to “Cogent Systems” to the Fingerprinting site.  No cash or personal checks will be accepted.     

AIU Fingerprinting Process

Allegheny Intermediate Unit
475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120 

Hours of operation: 9am to 2pm, Monday through Friday.

In order to be fingerprinted, all applicants must have:

  • A valid photo ID, and if applicable.

  • A Money Order or Cashier’s Check payable to Cogent Systems (NOTE: If you are given a confirmation number when registering, please bring it with you to the fingerprinting site).

  • Fingerprints will be taken at the AIU Central Office Building, 475 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead PA. (We are located directly across from the GetGo gas station.)

  • The AIU Fingerprinting Center is located on the first floor, across from the Receptionist’s desk.

  • Fingerprints will be scanned electronically.  Please be advised that depending on how many people are present and waiting for fingerprinting after 3:00 pm, we may not be able to accept additional applicants.  Please arrive earlier if possible to ensure that you will be accepted for fingerprints. 

  • After the fingerprints are taken the FBI will process the clearance.  The official clearance will only be viewable electronically by entities approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

  • During registration you will have the opportunity to receive an unofficial paper copy of the clearance.  This option is only available when you register and costs $2.50. 

  • Any questions and concerns should be made directly to Cogent Systems.

  • For additional information regarding the FBI Criminal History Report please go to http://www.teaching.state.pa.us.
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