If your organization is a private school in need for criminal history search on staff and volunteers, or maybe background checks are required for your school in order to participate in scholarship programs, then VECHS program run by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is exactly what you need.
VECHS (Volunteer and Employee Criminal History System) program had been established by FDLE to assist with checking the background of persons who work or volunteer with children, the elderly, or the disabled under the National Child Protection Act (1993), as amended, and section 943.0542, Florida Statutes (1999). VECHS program is created for entities not required to obtain Level 2 background screening clearance according to statutory provision.
First of all contact The Florida Department of Education (DOE) Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice and verify who exactly in your organization is required to be fingerprinted. Next step is the enrollment into VECHS program and this is how you do it. Private schools are authorized to participate in FDLE’s Volunteer and Employee Criminal History System (VECHS) because of the service they offer to Children. VECHS is a voluntary program — however; under the provisions of Section 1002.421, F.S., private schools participating in scholarship programs must conduct criminal history record checks on employees and contracted personnel. Those criminal history checks will be conducted through the FDLE VECHS program.
Enrollment materials include the VECHS Application and User Agreement. Both of these documents must be submitted to FDLE via mail as they must be signed by the appropriate school authority. The forms may be printed from the internet, completed, signed and mailed to FDLE.FDLE will mail these forms to private schools upon request.
Here is the description of what is involved in screening process after your entity is signed up. You will be provided with a packet of information from the VECHS program. It will include:
A cover letter giving your account numbers to use. These are your Qualified Entity Numbers. One is for employees and contracted personnel and the other is for volunteers. While s. 1002.421, F.S. indicates that, in order to receive scholarship money, employees and contracted personnel must submit fingerprints, some schools may want to check volunteers as well. Using the volunteer entity number for checking volunteers will result in a reduced fee.
Forms and information for submitting fingerprints electronically. These forms are required regardless of whether your private school purchases a livescan device or if the employees and contracted personnel go to a “service provider” or another livescan device owner and have the fingerprints taken and submitted by this company.
Fingerprint cards and instructions on how to complete them. As of July 1, 2007, submissions for employees and contracted personnel must be made electronically. You have the choice of continuing to submit your volunteers via hard card fingerprint card or you can submit them electronically.
A Private Schools Waiver Agreement and Statement to be signed by each employee, contracted person or volunteer that you submit.
Contacts for criminal record repositories in other states which are useful in obtaining additional criminal history information.
Florida Clerks of Court and their contact information. This contact information may be needed when there is an arrest in Florida but the criminal record does not indicate whether the offender was convicted.
Instructions as to how a person can obtain his or her own criminal record for review and possible correction, which may be given to an employee, contracted person or volunteer.
A sample dissemination log which must be used if a private school shares criminal history information with another private school. Private schools may NOT share criminal history information with any VECHS entities except other private schools registered with VECHS. Private schools are the only VECHS entities authorized to receive sealed information and expunge notifications.
Similarly, private schools may not use criminal history results obtained for employees or contracted personnel for volunteers or vice versa. If a volunteer becomes an employee, that person’s fingerprints should be submitted again under the Employee Qualified Entity Number; the volunteer results should NOT be used to screen the candidate as an employee. Likewise, employee results should not be used to screen a person for a volunteer position. The rules for criminal history information sharing are included in the User Agreement, signed by all private schools participating in the VECHS program.
∗ Reminders of important provisions regarding the VECHS program.
∗ Fingerprint card submission checklist.
∗ Results definitions.
∗Instructions for procedures for “name‐based” searches from the FBI to be used when the subject’s fingerprints are rejected twice based on poor fingerprint quality.
Another question, what does the law mean when it says that fingerprints must be submitted electronically?
As of July 1, 2007, s. 1002.421, F.S. requires all fingerprint submissions for employees and contracted personnel be made electronically. Fingerprints submitted “electronically” are fingerprints taken on a “livescan” device and submitted electronically to FDLE. It can also include fingerprints taken with ink on a hard copy fingerprint card that are subsequently scanned and submitted electronically to FDLE. These electronic submissions are processed through FDLE’s Civil Workflow Control System.
Go ahead and ask, what is the Civil Workflow Control System (CWCS)?
The Civil Workflow Control System (CWCS), pronounced “QUICKS”, is an automated system used to receive process and respond to electronic applicant submissions. Processing that once took several weeks with fingerprint cards now takes 24 – 72 hours with electronic submissions. CWCS allows different types of applicants to be scanned on a single device and allows input from a variety of livescan devices that adhere to FDLE and FBI standards and requirements.
Very natural question you may have, so what do I need to do to start submitting electronically?
∗ First, you must already be a registered VECHS entity.
∗ Second, you must complete the CWCS VECHS Customer Registration Form and return it to FDLE. Once the information is registered in our systems, you will receive an e‐mail notification that you can start submitting electronically.
∗ Third, you must make arrangement to be fingerprinted on a livescan device
You may ask where can I get fingerprinted on a livescan device and submit electronically.
Private schools have the following options in submitting fingerprints electronically:
∗ Purchase own livescan device. While the cost may be prohibitive it can be cost effective depending on the number of submissions necessary for your school.
∗ Use “service providers” like IDENTICO LLC to submit fingerprints electronically on your behalf.
∗ Inquire to other livescan device owners, such as local school boards, if they are willing to assist with your electronic submissions.
We know the biggest question you have, what are the costs associated with criminal history record checks for private school employees and contracted personnel?
The fee may vary from vendor to vendor, but certainly consider IDENTICO LLC as the most competitive livescan vendor with aggressive pricing. Our standard individual VECHS Employee screening rate is $54.25 and VECHS Volunteer screening rate is only $47.25. There are some discounts available for larger groups, and it worth to consider since there is no traveling fee for groups of 10 or more employees at single location. We’ll come to you and fingerprint all teachers and volunteers with convenience and efficiency you haven’t seen before.
So you paid for the screening and fingerprinting, and you want to know how would you receive and view the criminal history results after submitting electronically?
Criminal history results for electronic submissions are posted to FDLE’s secure mail application called “CertifiedMail”. Once the criminal history results are ready, the private school will receive an e‐mail notification, containing the link to the application. The viewing of criminal history results will occur within this secure application.
There are several more frequently asked questions on fingerprinting for private schools in Florida; therefore our further questions will be in FAQ format.
What is meant by “retention of applicant fingerprints for reverse searches” and “arrest hit notifications”?
Section 1002.421, F.S. instructs FDLE to retain fingerprints submitted by the private school on or after July 1, 2007. Incoming Florida arrest fingerprints are searched against these retained private school fingerprints. If a fingerprint match is made on an individual, FDLE notifies the private school that the employee or contracted person was arrested, and provides the name of the county where the arrest occurred as well as contact information for the arresting agency. It is important to note fingerprints submitted prior to July 1, 2007, were not retained
What are the fees associated with the retention of prints?
The fee for the retention of applicant fingerprints is $6 per year per applicant. The retention of the fingerprints eliminates the necessity to have a future state criminal history record recheck at a cost of $24, since all incoming Florida arrest information is continuously compared to the retained applicant database. If a recheck is required, it would only need to be for a national criminal history record check.
To whom may my private school release criminal history information?
With the permission of the applicant, the criminal history information may be shared with other private schools registered with VECHS. Each VECHS private school agrees to only release criminal history information after confirming with FDLE the private school to which they are releasing the information is a current, registered VECHS entity. Such dissemination of criminal history information must be logged by noting what record was released, to whom it was released, and on what date it was released. Also, private schools are required to release the criminal history information to the Department of Education personnel consistent with the applicant’s approval on the waiver form.
Are owners under the same requirements as private school employees and contracted personnel?
The provisions in s.1002.42(2)(c)1, F.S., were not changed. Private school owners must have fingerprints taken and sent to FDLE for a state‐level criminal history record check upon taking ownership. FDLE will return the state criminal record or an indication that there is not a state record to the school so that it can be made available for public inspection and sent by the school to DOE. The owner fingerprint submissions must be on a fingerprint card that clearly indicates, “State check only”.
The owner’s fingerprint submission may not be submitted with the VECHS account information. If state and national criminal record checks are required as a part of scholarship funding, the owner will have to submit under VECHS in addition to the State Level check defined in s.1002.42 (2)(c) 1 F.S.
Now let us explain the definition of the word Criminal History Background Check: The term “background check” has been used interchangeably with “criminal history check” or “criminal history background check” which has caused some confusion. From the FDLE perspective, a background check is a criminal history record check to determine if a person has been arrested and/or convicted of a crime. Although some companies use the phrase background check to include drivers record checks, credit checks, or interviews with neighbors and employers, for purposes of this paper, it includes the search of following databases:
∗ The Florida Computerized Criminal History Central Repository for Florida Arrests (STATE CHECK);
∗ The Florida Computerized Criminal History Central Repository for Florida arrests AND the national criminal history database at the FBI for federal arrests and arrests from other states (STATE AND NATIONAL CHECK)
∗ The Florida Crime Information Center for warrants and domestic violence injunctions (HOT FILES CHECK)
The national check is based on the submission of fingerprints. For State checks, submissions maybe based on a name (or descriptors) or fingerprints.
Level 1 and Level 2 Background checks: Level 1 and Level 2 Background Checks are terms used in Florida Statutes to convey the method of the criminal record check and the extent of the data searched, however, the terms may also refer to certain disqualifying offenses if certain statutes are used as reference. Level 1 and Level 2 are terms that pertain only to Florida and are not used by the FBI or other states. They are defined in Chapter 435, F.S., but are used elsewhere in statute without definition and appear not to be associated with all of the provisions in chapter 435.
∗ Level 1 generally refers to state only name based check AND an employment history check
∗ Level 2 generally refers to a state and national fingerprint based check and consideration of disqualifying offenses, and applies to those employees designated by law as holding positions of responsibility or trust. Section 435.04, mandates that Level 2 background security investigations be conducted on employees, defined as individuals required by law to be fingerprinted pursuant to Chapter 435
It should be noted that both the state and national criminal history databases can be searched for arrests, warrants, and other information pertaining to an individual, however neither database has the capability of searching for specific offenses on an individual records
What is the difference between the National Child Protection Act and Volunteers for Children Act?
Names you may hear that refer to the same federal law and its amendment are as follows: the National Child Protection Act, the Foley Act, and the Volunteers for Children Act. These laws are sometimes named for sponsors or persons who supported the new laws or amendments. For the purposes of the available criminal history information, these different names refer to the same basic law. Section 943.0542 of the 1999 Florida Statutes was enacted to implement this Federal legislation.
On what legislation the VECHS program based?
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement initiated the VECHS program in 1999, after the Florida Legislature enacted section 943.0542 of the Florida Statutes (1999). This statute is based upon the National Child Protection Act (NCPA), as amended. The federal guidelines for the NCPA offer further interpretations of the NCPA, along with mandates for states that chose to implement corresponding legislation and programs.
The federal guidelines apply to the interpretation of our legislation in Florida, and therefore, to the implementation of the VECHS program. Although FDLE desires to offer the broadest services and protection available under the authorizing legislation, we are not permitted to expand the coverage of the governing laws.
Please visit http://www.myidentico.com/answers-to-all-frequently-asked-questions-about-vechs-program/ for more details on VECHS program.
As FDLE authorized live scan vendor IDENTICO LLC does everything possible to support children and student safety in the communities and schools. If you are the entity approved to use VECHS screening, please contact us with any questions or quote requests. We’ll do everything possible to keep the cost of services affordable and the quality above standards. Please call (954) 239-8590/ toll-free (888) 988-8969 or visit our official webpage for more information on all background screening and fingerprinting needs.
Applicants for Florida State Agencies Level 2 Background Check Clearance can use any Livescan vendor that has been approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to submit their fingerprints to the department. Please ensure that the Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number is provided to the vendor when you submit your fingerprints. If you do not provide an ORI number or if you provide an incorrect ORI number to the vendor, the requesting regulatory agency will not receive your fingerprint results. The applicants are fully responsible for selecting the vendor, and IDENTICO– FDLE approved live scan vendor can assist you with determination that submission of the fingerprints is made to the proper state agency.
1. How do I find a Livescan vendor in order to submit my fingerprints to the department?
If you are reading this post, you already found one. IDENTICO is FDLE approved livescan vendor, but for the list of livescan vendors near you please visit
2.What information must I provide to the Livescan vendor I choose?
a) If you are an applicant seeking a level 2 clearance with AHCA, DCF, DOEA or applying for license for any profession regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which requires a criminal background search as a condition of licensure, you must provide accurate demographic information at the time your fingerprints are taken, including your Social Security number. AHCA, DCF, DBPR and most other state agencies will not be able to process the submission that does not include your Social Security number (except for DBPR Liquor & Tobacco license applicants that are not citizens of the United States).
b) Please make sure that you clearly identify the profession or Agency whose clearance or license you are seeking and submit your fingerprints payment to the live scan vendor. Any inaccurate information that you provide could cause a delay in processing your request.
c) You must provide the correct ORI number
3. Where do I get the ORI number to submit to the vendor?
Requesting state agency shall provide you with ORI# number, but in most cases we in IDENTICO have the correct ORI# numbers for the required submission.
FDLE will only retain the criminal results from applicants for a period of six months from the date the fingerprints were rolled. Applicants for DBPR should submit their applications soon after submitting their fingerprints in order to afford themselves an opportunity to resolve any application deficiencies prior to the expiration of the criminal history results.
4. How does the electronic fingerprinting process actually work?
In the traditional method of fingerprinting, ink is applied to each of your fingers which are then “rolled” across a fingerprint card to obtain your prints. With electronic fingerprinting also known as live scan fingerprinting, there is no ink or card. Your fingerprints are “rolled” across a glass plate and scanned. It is faster and cleaner than the traditional method. Electronic fingerprinting reduces the likelihood of illegible fingerprints and will reduce the overall application processing time.
5. How long will it take to have my fingerprints scanned?
It should only take approximately 5-10 minutes.
6. How much does electronic fingerprinting cost?
The total fee charged by each vendor varies. Please contact IDENTICO to obtain this information or visit
for the price list. The fingerprint results are usually received by the requesting state agency in two to four days after your fingerprints are scanned.
7. What do I need to bring with me to the Florida electronic fingerprinting site?
All applicants will be required to bring two (2) forms of identification to the electronic fingerprinting site on the day of fingerprinting. One of the two types of identification must bear your picture and signature such as a driver’s license, state identification card or passport.
8. I submitted my fingerprint through an FDLE approved vendor, but I have now received a deficiency letter regarding my fingerprints or my employer did not receive any results of my screening? What should I do?
As of the date of the mailing of the deficiency letter, your electronic fingerprinting results have not been transmitted to requesting agency or were submitted with information not matching you application with employer or information on file at licensing agency. Don’t take a chance and don’t use the questionable vendors. Contact few vendors with your questions and see whether customer service is knowledgeable, speaks your language, and can guarantee the timely and correct submission. IDENTICO should be the vendor of your choice, feel free to ask for our referrals, credentials or experience. Call us today (954) 239-8590 or visit our official page at www.myidentico.com
9. What should I do if I am notified by regulatory state agency that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined my electronic fingerprints were illegible?
The electronic fingerprint scanning machines are equipped to determine if your fingerprints scanned successfully; however, if it is determined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that your prints were not legible, regulatory state agency will send you a notification letter asking you to go back to the same vendor that did your initial prints and schedule a re-roll of your prints. You will be required to bring the notification letter with you as information such as the TCN (Transaction Control Number) and TCR (Transaction Control Reference) must be identified and used at the time of the reroll. There re-roll of your fingerprints is free at IDENTICO when you provide the TCR# number.
10. How long are my fingerprints valid for?
Each Florida agency retain the results of prints for a various time frame. The clearance with AHCA, DCF or APD is valid for 5 years, and re-screening is required every 5 years. DBPR will retain the results of the prints for 24 months (12 months for Real Estate/Real Estate Appraisers) from the date your digital fingerprints were electronically received by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE retains the prints for 180 days only. If your prints have expired at the time your application is submitted to the licensing agency, you will be required to submit new prints again.
11. Can I use my recent prints to apply for another professional license?
Your prints cannot be shared between professions or with other agencies. You are required to have separate prints for each license you are applying for.
General provision are provided in Florida Florida Administrative Rule 69V-40 (Read Below) . In order to get fingerprinted as part of your Florida Mortgage Broker or Florida Mortgage Lender License application please contact IDENTICO LLC today. We are FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we electronically transmit your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check so the Florida Office of Financial Regulation gets the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $54.25. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590 for more information.
69V-40.00112 Effect of Law Enforcement Records on Applications for Loan Originator, Mortgage Broker, and Mortgage Lender Licensure.
(1) General Procedure Regarding Law Enforcement Records. For the purposes of this rule each loan originator applicant and each control person of a mortgage broker and mortgage lender license applicant shall be referred to collectively as “relevant persons.” If the mortgage broker or mortgage lender license applicant is a natural person, he or she is a relevant person under this rule. As part of the application review process, the Office is required to consider a relevant person’s law enforcement record when deciding whether to approve an application for licensure as a loan originator, mortgage broker, or mortgage lender. When conducting this review, the Office reviews the relevant person’s Form MU1, MU2 or MU4 responses and criminal history information derived from the fingerprint check. In the event of a question regarding the relevant person’s criminal history, the Office will request additional information from the relevant person to determine the status of a criminal event, the specific facts and circumstances surrounding a criminal event, or to address other issues determined to be relevant to the review of the law enforcement record. The Office will notify the applicant of any specific documents that it requires in order to complete its review. The requested documents must be legible. Documentation that is typically requested includes:
(a) A copy of the police arrest affidavit, arrest report or similar document.
(b) A certified copy of the charges.
(c) A certified copy of the plea, judgment, and sentence where applicable.
(d) A certified copy of an order of entry into pre-trial intervention, and the order of termination of pre-trial intervention showing dismissal of charges where applicable.
(e) A certified copy of an order of termination of probation or supervised release, if applicable. If the requested documentation cannot be obtained, the relevant person shall submit evidence of that fact in order for the application to be deemed complete. Evidence that documentation cannot be obtained shall consist of a written statement on the letterhead of the agency that would be the custodian of the documents, signed by a representative of that agency, stating that they have no record of such matter, or that the record is lost or was damaged or destroyed, or otherwise stating why the document cannot be produced.
(2) Classification of Crimes.
(a) The Office makes a general classification of crimes into four classes: A, B, C and D as listed in subsections (13), (14), (15) and (16) of this rule.
(b) These classifications reflect the Office’s evaluation of various crimes in terms of moral turpitude and the seriousness of the crime as such factors relate to the prospective threat to public welfare typically posed by a person who would commit such a crime.
(c) The names and descriptions of crimes, as set out in the classification of crimes, are intended to serve only as generic names or descriptions of crimes and shall not be read as legal titles of crimes, or as limiting the included crimes bearing the exact name or description stated.
(d) For purposes of this rule, “trigger date” means the date on which an applicant was found guilty, or pled guilty, or pled nolo contendere to a crime.
(e) A charge in the nature of attempt or intent to commit a crime, or conspiracy to commit a crime, is classified the same as the crime itself.
(3) Effect on Licensure of Commitment of Single Crime. The Office finds it necessary to implement the following standards for applications with a relevant person whose law enforcement record includes a single crime, subject to the mitigating factors set forth in this rule before licensure. All periods referenced in this rule run from the trigger date.
(a) Class A Crime. The applicant is not eligible for licensure.
(b) Class B Crime. The applicant will not be granted a license until 15 years have passed since the trigger date.
(c) Class C Crime. The applicant will not be granted a license until 7 years have passed since the trigger date.
(d) Class D Crime. The applicant will not be granted a license until 5 years have passed since the trigger date.
Download the rest of the rule from the below link
Guess what?- You need to get fingerprinted in order to legally change your name in the state of Florida and IDENTICO can help.
Whether the name change in Miami-Dade County, or you decided to legally change name in Broward County Court, please visit us immediately after the filing. You have to bring nothing than your state or federal ID, and case number issued by courthouse. We’ll handle the rest and submit your fingerprints electronically for level 2 background screening from our live scan equipment, and courthouses receive the results in less than 72 hours in most cases.
With any questions, feel free to contact us at (954) 239-8590 or visit our official webpage www.myidentico.com
Florida’s each circuit court’s family division is in charge for a legal name change procedures. Here are some facts you should know as a petitioner for a name change. F.S. 68.07 indicates all civil practice and procedures in change of name in the State of Florida and we would like to post it for your convenience:
68.07 Change of name.—
(1) Chancery courts have jurisdiction to change the name of any person residing in this state on petition of the person filed in the county in which he or she resides.
(2)(a) Before the court hearing on a petition for a name change, the petitioner must have fingerprints submitted for a state and national criminal history records check, except if a former name is being restored. Fingerprints for the petitioner shall be taken in a manner approved by the Department of Law Enforcement and shall be submitted electronically to the department for state processing for a criminal history records check. The department shall submit the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for national processing. The department shall submit the results of the state and national records check to the clerk of the court. The court shall consider the results in reviewing the information contained in the petition and evaluating whether to grant the petition.
(b) When a petition is filed which requires a criminal history records check, the clerk of the court shall instruct the petitioner on the process for having fingerprints taken and submitted, including providing information on law enforcement agencies or service providers authorized to submit fingerprints electronically to the Department of Law Enforcement.
(c) The cost of processing fingerprints and conducting the state and national criminal history records check required under this subsection shall be borne by the petitioner for the name change or by the parent or guardian of a minor for whom a name change is being sought.
(3) Each petition shall be verified and show:
(a) That the petitioner is a bona fide resident of and domiciled in the county where the change of name is sought.
(b) If known, the date and place of birth of the petitioner, the petitioner’s father’s name, the petitioner’s mother’s maiden name, and where the petitioner has resided since birth.
(c) If the petitioner is married, the name of the petitioner’s spouse and if the petitioner has children, the names and ages of each and where they reside.
(d) If the petitioner’s name has previously been changed and when and where and by what court.
(e) The petitioner’s occupation and where the petitioner is employed and has been employed for 5 years next preceding the filing of the petition. If the petitioner owns and operates a business, the name and place of it shall be stated and the petitioner’s connection therewith and how long the petitioner has been identified with that business. If the petitioner is in a profession, the profession shall be stated, where the petitioner has practiced the profession, and if a graduate of a school or schools, the name or names thereof, date of graduation, and degrees received.
(f) Whether the petitioner has been generally known or called by any other names and if so, by what names and where.
(g) Whether the petitioner has ever been adjudicated a bankrupt and if so, where and when.
(h) Whether the petitioner has ever been arrested for or charged with, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or been found to have committed a criminal offense, regardless of adjudication, and if so, when and where.
(i) Whether any money judgment has ever been entered against the petitioner and if so, the name of the judgment creditor, the amount and date thereof, the court by which entered, and whether the judgment has been satisfied.
(j) That the petition is filed for no ulterior or illegal purpose and granting it will not in any manner invade the property rights of others, whether partnership, patent, good will, privacy, trademark, or otherwise.
(k) That the petitioner’s civil rights have never been suspended or, if the petitioner’s civil rights have been suspended, that full restoration of civil rights has occurred.
(4) The hearing on a petition for restoring a former name may be held immediately after it is filed. The hearing on any other petition for a name change may be held immediately after the clerk receives the results of the criminal history records check.
(5) On filing the final judgment, the clerk of the court shall, if the birth occurred in this state, send a report of the judgment to the Office of Vital Statistics of the Department of Health on a form to be furnished by the department. The form must contain sufficient information to identify the original birth certificate of the person, the new name, and the file number of the judgment. This report shall be filed by the department with respect to a person born in this state and shall become a part of the vital statistics of this state. With respect to a person born in another state, the clerk of the court shall provide the petitioner with a certified copy of the final judgment.
(6) The clerk of the court must, upon the filing of the final judgment, send a report of the judgment to the Department of Law Enforcement on a form to be furnished by that department. The Department of Law Enforcement must send a copy of the report to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which may be delivered by electronic transmission. The report must contain sufficient information to identify the petitioner, including the results of the criminal history records check if applicable, the new name of the petitioner, and the file number of the judgment. Any information retained by the Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may be revised or supplemented by said departments to reflect changes made by the final judgment. With respect to a person convicted of a felony in another state or of a federal offense, the Department of Law Enforcement must send the report to the respective state’s office of law enforcement records or to the office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Department of Law Enforcement may forward the report to any other law enforcement agency it believes may retain information related to the petitioner.
(7) A husband and wife and minor children may join in one petition for change of name and the petition must show the facts required of a petitioner as to the husband and wife and the names of the minor children may be changed at the discretion of the court.
(8) When only one parent petitions for a change of name of a minor child, process shall be served on the other parent and proof of such service shall be filed in the cause; however, if the other parent is a nonresident, constructive notice of the petition may be given pursuant to chapter 49, and proof of publication shall be filed in the cause without the necessity of recordation.
(9) This section does not apply to any change of name in proceedings for dissolution of marriage or for adoption of children.
History.—s. 1, ch. 1324, 1862; RS 1543; GS 2007; RGS 3275; CGL 5083; s. 1, ch. 28159, 1953; s. 1, ch. 29921, 1955; s. 1, ch. 61-152; s. 17, ch. 67-254; s. 1, ch. 67-475; s. 1, ch. 73-300; s. 26, ch. 87-387; s. 1, ch. 94-304; s. 1369, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 95-283; s. 86, ch. 97-237; s. 1, ch. 2004-34; s. 7, ch. 2006-176; s. 1, ch. 2009-173.
Note.—Former ss. 69.02, 62.031.
Per Florida Statute 493, the Division of Licensing of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for security officers (“D” License) and private investigator licensing (“C” License) in Florida . Background screening is a part of license application, and it is conducted by submitting the set of fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check. Submission can be made by hard copy or via live scan vendors approved by FDLE and DOACS.
During D license application processing the Division of Licensing will request an examination of fingerprint records and police records. When a criminal history analysis of any applicant under chapter 439 is performed by means of fingerprint card identification, the time limitations prescribed by s. 120.60(1) shall be tolled during the time the applicant’s fingerprint card is under review by the Department of Law Enforcement or the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If a legible set of fingerprints, as determined by the Department of Law Enforcement or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cannot be obtained after two attempts, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may determine the applicant’s eligibility based upon a criminal history record check under the applicant’s name conducted by the Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A set of fingerprints taken by a law enforcement agency and a written statement signed by the fingerprint technician or a licensed physician stating that there is a physical condition that precludes obtaining a legible set of fingerprints or that the fingerprints taken are the best that can be obtained is sufficient to meet this requirement.
If you are applying for Florida Security or Private Investigator License in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO today, for in office or mobile fingerprinting appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check, so Division of Licensing receives the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $48.25. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590. We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.
Florida House Bill CS/HB 5401 had amended the Florida Statute 39.821 regarding the qualifications of guardians ad litem in Florida.
(1) Because of the special trust or responsibility placed in a guardian ad litem, the Guardian Ad Litem Program may use any private funds collected by the program, or any state funds so designated, to conduct a security background investigation before certifying a volunteer to serve. A security background investigation must include, but need not be limited to, employment history checks, checks of references, local criminal history records checks through local law enforcement agencies, and statewide criminal history records checks through the Department of Law Enforcement. Upon request, an employer shall furnish a copy of the personnel record for the employee or former employee who is the subject of a security background investigation conducted under this section. The information contained in the personnel record may include, but need not be limited to, disciplinary matters and the reason why the employee was terminated from employment. An employer who releases a personnel record for purposes of a security background investigation is presumed to have acted in good faith and is not liable for information contained in the record without a showing that the employer maliciously falsified the record. A security background investigation conducted under this section must ensure that a person is not certified as a guardian ad litem if the person has an arrest awaiting final disposition for, been convicted of, regardless of adjudication, entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, or has been adjudicated delinquent and the record has not been sealed or expunged for, any offense prohibited under the provisions listed in s. 435.04. All applicants certified on or after July 1, 2010, must undergo a level 2 background screening pursuant to chapter 435 before being certified. In analyzing and evaluating the information obtained in the security background investigation, the program must give particular emphasis to past activities involving children, including, but not limited to, child-related criminal offenses or child abuse. The program has the sole discretion in determining whether to certify a person based on his or her security background investigation. The information collected pursuant to the security background investigation is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1).
If you represent the Guardian ad Litem program in South Florida and located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO LLC today, for office or mobile fingerprinting appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check so the results of screening are available in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $41.25. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590 or (888) 988-8969.
We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.
The team of IDENTICO LLC.
Attention APD Providers,
On May 17, 2010, Governor Crist signed House Bill 7069 into law. This law substantially rewrites requirements and procedures for background screening of the persons and businesses that deal primarily with vulnerable populations, including all direct service providers screened pursuant to section 393.0655, Florida Statutes.
Key changes made by the bill:
• Prohibits any person required to be screened from beginning work until the screening process has been completed.
• Increases all Level 1 screening to Level 2 screening.
• Requires all fingerprints to be submitted through Livescan by July 1, 2012.
• Requires all direct service providers for Agency clients to complete Level 2 background screening.
• Adds additional crimes to the list of disqualifying offenses.
• Provides that any person who has been arrested for a disqualifying offense may not provide direct services to an agency client until final disposition of the alleged offense.
• Authorize agencies to request the retention of fingerprints by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
• Provides that an exemption for a disqualifying felony may not be granted until at least three years after the completion of all sentencing sanctions for that felony.
• Requires that all exemptions from disqualification be granted only by the agency head.
The following offenses were added to the list of disqualifying offenses for all persons screened pursuant to section 435.04, Florida Statute (F.S).
• (m) section 787.025; luring or enticing a child for an unlawful purpose
• (t) section 794.05; unlawful sexual activity with certain minors
• (y) section 810.02; burglary
• (z) section 810.14; voyeurism, if a felony
• (aa) section 810.145; video voyeurism, if a felony, and
• (uu) section 944.40; escape
In addition to the offenses added to 435.04, F.S., the following offenses have been added to the screening requirements of section 393.0655, F.S.:
• (c) section 409.920; relating to Medicaid provider fraud
• (d) section 409.921; relating to Medicaid fraud
• (e) section 817.034; relating to fraudulent acts through mail, wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic, or photooptical systems
• (f) section 817.234; relating to false and fraudulent insurance claims
• (g) section 817.505; relating to patient brokering
• (h) Section 817.568; relating to criminal use of personal identification information
• (i) section 817.60; relating to obtaining a credit card through fraudulent means
• (j) section 817.61; relating to fraudulent use of credit cards, if the offense was a felony
• (k) section 831.01; relating to forgery
• (l) section 831.02; relating to uttering forged instruments
• (m) section 831.07; relating to forging bank bills, checks, drafts, or promissory notes, and
• (n) section 831.09; relating to uttering forged bank bills, checks, drafts or promissory notes
Providers who are currently enrolled are not required to be rescreened until their 5-year rescreening or rescreening is required pursuant to section 393.0655, F.S., section 393.0657, F.S., or chapter 435, F.S. There is a strong possibility that employees and providers that have cleared background screening may present with prior offenses that are now disqualifying. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will coordinate with the Department of Children and Families to effectively deal with these issues.
This change in law takes effect August 1, 2010. If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance, please contact IDENTICO LLC today. We are FDLE authorized live scan vendor with capacity to fingerprint APD providers in APD Area 15, APD Area 9, APD Area 10 and APD area 11. We work cooperatively with DCF background screening units and assist clients with any questions related to live scan fingerprinting, level 2 background checks and support in communication with DCF screeners.
Please contact us today by calling (954) 239-8590 or visit us online at www.myidentico.com. The fee for electronic fingerprinting for APD is only $80.00, just bring your ID and OCA number, and we’ll handle the rest.
We would like to publish the answers for the most common questions CDC+ program participants have in regards to Level 2 Background Screening and Live Scan Fingerprinting.
- Who prints and gives the clearance letter to the Consumer Directed Care Plus (CDC+) employer?
APD Area Office through CDC+ Consultant
- Can and are Area offices supposed to print the clearance letter and provide to CDC+ Employer?
The Area is to print the clearance letter and give to the CDC+ Consultant.
- Where is the Background screening system generated letter maintained?
The clearance letter is generated and maintained in the DCF Caretaker Information Screening System and emailed to the Area Office.
- What system is the clearance letters generated from?
The DCF Caretaker Information Screening System
- Are there System notifications when background Screening results become available? For example, does it email the Area office?
- Is the Clearance Letter generated by DCF or APD in the Area for CDC+ clients?
APD, however the DCF logo is on the Clearance Letter.
- Who maintains the background screening information and good moral character form?
The CDC+ Employer
- Who maintains the background screening materials if the CDC+ employer hires staff from an agency as opposed to hiring a relative?
The Provider Agency. Note: the CDC+ Employer can request that the agency employee bring a copy of letter to the CDC+ consumer’s house prior to providing direct care services to CDC+ consumer. This will ensure that the Agency has performed the screening on their agency employee and that the consumer is protected.
- What can a provider share?
The clearance letter and any public record (FDLE) information.
- Who is responsible for the cost of background screening, regardless of the outcome either leading to or denial of employment?
The prospective employee or the CDC+ employer. The CDC+ employer cannot use the CDC+ monthly budget to pay for background screenings.
- I have an employee who was screened in 2008 and their screening has not expired and there has been no break in service from the other employer. Can those screening records be shared with the new employer?
- What does the 5 year re-screening procedure consist of?
A level 2 background screening that includes the Good Moral Character form ( Download: APD Affidavit of Good Moral Character) , fingerprint submission to FDLE and FBI screening and may include a local criminal record check through the local law enforcement agencies in the county where the employee resides.
- How does the participant/employer get a fingerprint card for their area?
APD Area office staff can assist with obtaining the fingerprint cards, however with IDENTICO LLC you don’t have to be inked, we use electronic fingerprinting solutions and collect your prints on our live scan equipment. We can even help if you don’t know your ORI# or OCA# numbers.
- Where does the prospective employee get their fingerprints completed in their area?
APD Area office staff can assist with locating approved vendors. In a mean time, don’t use unreliable vendors, call IDENTICO today and let us earn your business.
- Where the employer can get the required OCA and ORI numbers for the live scan?
We would like to post the list with all areas OCA and ORI numbers for the Consumer Directed Care Program:
ORI # OCA #
FL921751Z EAPDFC20Z 02374RL1Z for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton
FL921761Z EAPDFC20Z 02374RL1Z for Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes
FL921781Z EAPDFC20Z 04010564Z for Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist
FL921781Z EAPDFC20Z 04161726Z for Clay, Duval & Nassau
FL921781Z EAPDFC20Z 04640735Z for Flagler, St. John, Putnam & Volusia
FL921801Z EAPDFC20Z 05524312Z for Hillsborough & Manatee
FL921791Z EAPDFC20Z 05524312Z for Pasco, Pinellas, DeSoto & Sarasota
FL921811Z EAPDFC20Z 07481292Z for Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole
FL921821Z EAPDFC20Z 08087278Z for Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry & Lee
FL921831Z EAPDFC20Z 09503226Z for Palm Beach County
FL921841Z EAPDFC20Z 10065621Z for Broward County
FL921851Z EAPDFC20Z 11112293Z for Miami-Dade, Monroe
FL921781Z EAPDFC20Z 04640735Z for Flagler & Volusia
FL921921Z EAPDFC20Z 13600002Z for Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Sumter
FL921931Z EAPDFC20Z 14530143Z for Hardee, Highlands, Polk
FL923341Z EAPDFC20Z 15561233Z for Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, St Lucie
The APD Area office staff can also assist.
In order to get fingerprinted as part of APD’s CDC Plus program requirement please contact IDENTICO LLC today. We are FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we transmit your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check so APD/DCF gets the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $62.00 for DCF or $80 for APD. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590.
We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.
The team of IDENTICO LLC
First of all, let’s give some clarification on who are the Home medical equipment providers in Florida and why do they need AHCA Background Screening?
“Home medical equipment” includes any product as defined by the Federal Drug Administration’s Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Act, any products reimbursed under the Medicare Part B Durable Medical Equipment benefits, or any products reimbursed under the Florida Medicaid durable medical equipment program. Home medical equipment includes oxygen and related respiratory equipment; manual, motorized, or customized wheelchairs and related seating and positioning, but does not include prosthetics or orthotics or any splints, braces, or aids custom fabricated by a licensed health care practitioner; motorized scooters; personal transfer systems; and specialty beds, for use by a person with a medical need.
“Home medical equipment provider” means any person or entity that sells or rents or offers to sell or rent to or for a consumer:
(a) Any home medical equipment and services; or
(b) Home medical equipment that requires any home medical equipment services.
The licensing of Home medical equipment providers is regulated by AHCA, Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.
The Level 2 Background Check for Home medical equipment providers is required by AHCA and based on F.S. 400.953. Statute says that the agency shall require level 2 background screening for applicants and personnel of Home medical equipment providers as required in s. 408.809(1)(e) pursuant to chapter 435 and s. 408.809.
“Home medical equipment provider personnel” means persons who are employed by or under contract with a home medical equipment provider, which includes but not limited to Owner, Administrator, Financial Officer, Employees and Contractors Providing Personal Care or Services, Employees that have access to client property, funds or living areas
If the Home medical equipment provider who you work or manage business for is located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO today, for in office or mobile unit appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check and AHCA will get the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590. We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021.
However if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.
“Who are the Adult Day Care Centers in Florida” and why do they need AHCA Background Screening?
“Adult day care center” means any building, buildings, or part of a building, whether operated for profit or not, in which is provided through its ownership or management, for a part of a day, basic services to three or more persons who are 18 years of age or older, who are not related to the owner or operator by blood or marriage, and who require such services. “Basic services” include, but are not limited to, providing a protective setting that is as non-institutional as possible; therapeutic programs of social and health activities and services; leisure activities; self-care training; rest; nutritional services; and respite care.
The licensing of Adult Day Care Centers is regulated by AHCA, Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.
The Level 2 Background Check for Adult Day Care Centers is required by AHCA and based on F.S. 429.919. Statute says that the agency shall require level 2 background screening for personnel as required in s. 408.809(1)(e) pursuant to chapter 435 and s. 408.809
“Adult Day Care Center Personnel” means persons who are employed by or under contract with an Adult Day Care Center, and it includes but not limited to Owner, Administrator, Financial Officer, Employees and Contractors Providing Personal Care or Services, Employees that have access to client property, funds or living areas
If the Adult Day Care Center who you work or manage business for is located in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin counties, please call IDENTICO today, for in office or mobile unit appointment. IDENTICO is FDLE approved Live Scan vendor, and we use electronic fingerprinting solutions in transmitting your fingerprints for FBI Level 2 Background Check, so AHCA receives the results of screening in as less as 72 hours. The cost of screening is $80.00. Visit our official website www.myidentico.com or call us today (954) 239-8590. We have an open door policy at our office located at 3948 Pembroke Road, Suite E, Pembroke Park, FL, 33021, however if you would like to schedule an appointment at certain time, please visit http://www.myidentico.com/hitappoint/ and we’ll serve you first regardless of any wait line.