Background Screening

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SAFIS Fingerprinting for Schools

In September 2013, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 77 of the Acts of 2013, “An Act Relative to Background Checks.” This new law requires a fingerprint-based state and national criminal record check for school employees through the Statewide Applicant Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS). 
The individuals required to submit to the national fingerprint check are all newly hired school employees, contractor employees, educators, student teachers, maintenance staff, cafeteria workers, and bus drivers (if applicable). Please note that certain dedicated volunteers such as coaches would also be required to submit to the national check as well. 
The only approved vendor for collecting prints is IdentoGO operated by MorphoTrust USA. Appointments can be made by calling MorphoTrust at 866-349-8130 or by visiting the website at http://www.identogo.com/FP/Massachusetts.aspx .
The fee is $55.00 for licensed educators and $35.00 for all other school staff. This fee is to be paid at the time of scheduling an appointment or at the time of fingerprinting. It is at the discretion of the school to pay the fee or reimburse the employee all or part of the fees. 
Any questions about the fingerprint process can be directed to:
Lisa Cutulle, Director 
Office of Background Screening 
617-746-5840 
Email at Lisa Cutulle 

Deborah Hill
Operations Assistant
617-746-5839