February 3, 2014
All Florida School Districts have been notified that the contract the Department of Education has with their fingerprinting payment contractor (Cogent) will expire June 2014. The Department of Education will no longer enter into a contract with any fingerprinting payment agency, and the responsibility will fall directly to the School Districts to secure a contract with an FDLE/FBI approved payment contractor or become an FDLE/FBI approved payment contractor.
On December 10, 2013, the School Board approved a plan for our School District to become an approved FDLE/FBI payment contractor. Presently, our Fingerprinting Department is working to prepare for the necessary changes that will take place in late March 2014. Due to this change, there will be minor changes to the process for contractors and vendors to complete the JLA approval process. The shared database and all JLA requirements are still in place and will continue to be in place once we transition to becoming an approved FDLE/FBI fingerprinting payment contractor.
The fees will remain the same unless FDLE or FBI make any changes in their fee structure. The new payment process will not allow for the use of credit cards, and will require vendors/contractors to pay for all fingerprinting and badge fees by money order only. As we get closer to making the transition from Cogent to the District's own payment process, we will give you more detailed information. The application and approval process for JLA will not change and you should continue to process your employees using the procedures outlined on the JLA website until further notice.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we make these necessary changes. This change will impact all individuals who are required by law or District procedures to fingerprint with our school district.
Linda A. Kipley, General Manager of Professional Standards