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Fingerprint Retention Requirements

Individuals who submitted fingerprints as a condition of licensure on or after January 1, 2013, are required by section 456.0135, Florida Statutes, to have their fingerprints retained in Florida's Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). Additionally, massage therapists who were issued a license before July 1, 2014, must submit to the background screening requirements of section 456.0135, Florida Statutes, to retain fingerprints. Licensees are responsible for the screening and background retention costs pursuant to Section 456.0135, Florida Statutes.

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Individuals who submitted fingerprints through Florida's Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) must retain their prints in order to remain in the Clearinghouse.

Fingerprint data is retained in the Clearinghouse for a period of five years from the date of submission. The Clearinghouse is a single data source used to retain and allow sharing of the results 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 under Section 435.12, Florida Statutes.

To support you in this requirement, the Agency for Health Care Administration has launched a new online website referred to as the Clearinghouse Applicant Initiated (CHAI) Website.

Section 456.0135, Florida Statutes, requires the cost of fingerprint processing (including the cost of retained fingerprints) be paid by the applicant/licensee who is the subject of background screening. Effective January 1, 2019, the retained print fee is $43.25. 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 cost for a new fingerprint submission is almost double the retention fee. This includes the LiveScan Provider’s fee assessment, which can vary based upon the provider you select.

For more information click on the FAQs tab above, and select the Fingerprint Retention FAQs.

Licensed Medical Doctors, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Podiatrists and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners that do not have their background screenings stored in the Florida's Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), are required to pay an additional fee of $24.00 when they renew their license. The Department uses this fee to submit a Level 1 background check with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Contact Information

Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Bureau of Operations - Background Screening Unit
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin BSU-01 Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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