• Q:  How do I register and pay for fingerprinting?


    A:  Applicants living in Alabama should follow the instructions regarding the fingerprinting process through Cogent Systems at www.cogentid.com/AL  or by calling (866) 989-9316 (toll-free).  The current cost of fingerprinting for Alabama residents is $51.40.


    Q:  What can I do to expedite the fingerprinting process?


    A:  Typically, fingerprint results are received as soon as 48 hours after your fingerprint submission. In some cases, this will take longer.  Before your suitability status can be determined, the Teacher Certification Section of the Office of Teaching and Leading may need additional information. If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please mail the following information to the ALSDE, Teacher Certification Section of the Office of Teaching and Leading, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36130-2101 immediately after submitting fingerprints:

    • A court-certified copy of the case action summaries showing the judgments, convictions, and sentencing or other outcomes of your cases.
    • A notarized personal explanation regarding the circumstances surrounding your case. You should include the dates involved, the places of conviction, and any other factors that should be considered.