Florida Department of Health, Fingerprint Retention

Posted in Latest News on September 27, 2017.

Individuals who submitted fingerprints as a condition of licensure on or after Jan. 1, 2013, are required to have their fingerprints retained in Florida’s Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). Fingerprints stored in the Clearinghouse are retained for a period of five years from the date of submission.

The Clearinghouse is a single data source used to retain background screening results of persons required to be screened by law. The Clearinghouse allows the results of criminal history checks to be shared among participating agencies when a person has applied to volunteer, be employed, be licensed, or enters into a contract that requires a state and national fingerprint-based criminal history check. Section 435.12, Florida Statutes.

Section 456.0135, Florida Statutes, requires the cost of fingerprint processing, including the cost of retained fingerprints, to be paid by the applicant/licensee who is the subject of background screening. The retained print fee of $42.00 is due every five years. If your retained prints are not renewed prior to the expiration date, they will not be retained in the Clearinghouse, and you will be required to be fingerprinted again.

The Department will notify licensees prior to their expiration date to renew their enrollment in the Clearinghouse. The notification will contain instructions on how to renew your enrollment and pay the retained print fee.

For more information, please visit the Department’s website at http://www.flhealthsource.gov/background-screening and click on the Livescan Service Providers tab.



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