Change In Provider for FBI Background Checks

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has changed its provider for FBI fingerprint-based background checks, as of November 28, 2017.

Under PA law, all registered adult volunteers in Scouting in PA are required to provide three PA-mandated background clearances prior to beginning their volunteer service, including either the FBI Fingerprint Based Criminal History Clearance (for those who have not lived in Pennsylvania for at least the past ten consecutive years) or the New Birth of Freedom Council Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers (for those who have lived in Pennsylvania for at least the past ten consecutive years.) 

The previous FBI fingerprint-based background check vendor, Cogent, will no longer be providing the FBI fingerprinting on-line services for the PA state clearance requirements. The new provider is IDEMIA and their locations are called IndentoGO Centers. Volunteers needing to obtain the FBI fingerprint-based background check should begin the process by visiting Idemia’s website using this link – – and then follow the steps below.

  • Click on “Digital Fingerprinting.” On the next screen, enter the Service Code, which is: 1KG6ZJ.
  • Click on Schedule or Manage Appointment.
  • Click on Locate an Enrollment Center first to find the location for providing your fingerprints that is closest to you, then go back to the Schedule an Appointment option. The company is continuing to add new fingerprinting locations.
  • Follow the prompts for completing the required information and printing the registration form to take to the fingerprinting location.

As new adult volunteers are recruited, units are asked to provide this updated information to those volunteers.  We have also updated our background clearances FAQs to reflect this new information.  Thank you!

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