• Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV Fingerprinting site is in the process of changing from Cogent to Morpho (Idemia). Due to this transition, the fingerprinting site will be closed from November 18, 2017, to December 7, 2017. We will begin processing again on December 8, 2017. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience.  


    The fingerprint site is closed Thursday November 23-Monday November 27, 2017.  

     At the fingerprint site the Applicant Livescan Operators (ALO) manage the fingerprint collection process.

    The fingerprint transaction begins when the ALO reviews the applicant’s qualified State or Federal photo ID before processing the applicant’s transaction. A list of approved ID types may be found on the Cogent Systems’ web site at www.pa.cogentid.com. Applicants will not be processed if they cannot produce an acceptable photo ID.

    After the identity of the applicant has been established, all ten fingers are scanned to complete the process. The entire fingerprint capture process should take no more than three to five minutes.

    The applicant’s scanned fingerprints will be electronically transmitted to the Pennsylvania State Police, who in turn submits the fingerprints and demographic information to the FBI as required by federal statute.

    **You must also bring with you one form of photo ID. Most people use their current driver's license.

    ***Your clearance should process within 24-48 hours. You will receive an unofficial copy of the clearance by mail in approximately 6-8 weeks.

    If you have a complaint or need help for any other reason, please contact Cogent Systems at pahelp@cogentsystems.com or call 1-888-439-2486.

Fingerprinting Site 1

  • Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV
    453 Maple Street
    Grove City, PA 16127


    (Until June 2018.  See summer hours below.)

    Monday-Friday:  8:00am-3:45pm. 

    Note: No appointment necessary. 

    Office closes an hour early on the day before every holiday.

    Office closes at 12:00pm (noon) on December 21, 2017.

    Closed on the following days: Thanksgiving Day, Friday and Monday after ( November 23-27, 2017), Christmas Week (December 22, 2017, through January 1, 2018), Good Friday, (March 30, 2018), Memorial Day (May 28, 2018), July 4, Labor Day (September 4, 2018).


    ***Please note that the MIU IV office will be closed December 22, 2017, through January 1, 2018.  If your clearances expire December 31, 2017, please make arrangements to get your fingerprints taken before Christmas break. 



    June -August 

    Monday - Thursday, 7:00am - 4:15pm Closed Fridays


    Closed on the following dates: Friday, June 9, Friday, June 16, Friday, June 23, Friday, June 30, Monday, July 3, Tuesday, July 4, Friday, July 14, Friday, July 21, Friday, Friday, July 28, Friday, August 5, Friday, August 11, and Monday, August 14, 2017. 


    Note: No appointment necessary. 

    Office closes an hour early on the day before every holiday.


    Fingerprinting is closed: September 4, 2017, November 23-November 27, 2017, December 22, 2017-January 1, 2018, March 30, 2018, May 38, 2018, July 4, 2018, September 3, 2018.


Payment Information

  • Registration Fees:

    PA Department of Education $27.00
    PA Department of Public Welfare $25.75
    PA Department of Banking $27.50

    Payment Information:

    The fee for your fingerprint clearance is $27.00. You may make arrangements for payment online at www.pa.cogentid.com or call 1-888-439-2486, using either a debit or credit card. Once your payment information is complete, you will receive a registration number for your payment. Please bring the confirmation number with you to the fingerprint site.

    (Or, you may bring a money order or cashiers check in the amount due made payable to 3M Cogent. No personal checks or cash accepted.)

Registration Information

  • Information about online registration:

    The following information is provided to assist you in obtaining the Federal (FBI) Criminal History Report. The fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process:

    The applicant must register prior to coming to the fingerprint site. Walk-in service without prior registration will not be provided at any fingerprinting location. Registration is completed online or over the phone. Registration is available online 24 hours/day, seven days per week at www.pa.cogentid.com. Telephonic registration is available at 1-888-439-2486 Monday through Friday, 8 am - 6 pm EST. During the registration process, all demographic data for the applicant is collected (name, address, SSN, etc.). There is no data entry required at the fingerprint collection site.

    The applicant will pay a fee of $28.75 for the fingerprint service and to secure the Criminal History Record. Applicants may make their payment online at www.pa.cogentid.com using a credit card or debit card. Money orders or cashier checks payable to Cogent Systems will be accepted on site for those applicants who do not have the means to pay electronically. No cash transactions or personal checks are allowed.

    The applicant proceeds to the fingerprint site of their choice for fingerprinting. The location of the fingerprint sites and days and hours of operation for each site will be posted on Cogent Systems’ website at www.pa.cogentid.com. The location of fingerprint sites may change over time so applicants are encouraged to confirm the site location nearest to their location.

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