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DHS Releases Act 18 Guidance on Fingerprinting

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has released an FAQ/guidance on ACT 18 fingerprinting standards. The Act provides for a temporary suspension for the FBI Fingerprinting requirements in the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL).

The act covers both new and existing employees; however, RCPA strongly advises reviewing these standards with your leadership and Human Resources professionals, as they do not cover all positions required to obtain fingerprints, including new school employees. Additionally, there are stipulated requirements for obtaining fingerprints if you live in geographic regions with open Identogo fingerprinting sites, employee file documentation guidelines, as well as timeframes for the relief period.

To view the Act 18 guidance and FAQ, use this link. The document was created by DHS to provide guidance on Act 18 of 2020 and fingerprinting during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is also available on the DHS website. If you have additional questions, please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.