After implementation of NETStudy 2.0, people applying for a position with a new entity will provide their fingerprints and have their photo taken at a location around the state. The fingerprint and photo process should take about five-to-ten minutes and is completed by a trained technician. The fingerprint image will be transmitted through a secure system to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). While not retained by DHS or the BCA, fingerprints will be retained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) but, in cases where an FBI check is required. Criminal history results, if any, will then be electronically transmitted to DHS. Over 90% of background studies are expected to be completed within a few hours after the person is fingerprinted and photographed. Photographs will be transmitted through a secure system to DHS and will be available in the NETStudy 2.0 system. Fingerprints and photo images will be purged from the fingerprint and photo service location within an hour of the information being submitted to the state.
Where Do I Go?
You may select from over 50 statewide locations to have your fingerprints and photo taken. The entity that initiated your background study will give you a Fingerprint Authorization Form.
What Do I Need?
When you go to the fingerprint and photo service location you MUST bring both your Fingerprint Authorization Form AND your driver’s license, government-issued ID, or other acceptable form of identification. It is very important to be sure that your name and date of birth on the Fingerprint Authorization Form is exactly the same as the information on your identification.
If the information on the Fingerprint Authorization Form does not match, contact the place that request the background study and have them correct it. If the information on the form does not exactly match your identification, you will be turned away at the fingerprint and photo location.
How Long Do I Have?
You have up to 14 days to be fingerprinted and photographed. Sometimes the place that requested the background study wants you to go sooner. Let the place that requested your background study know if there is a reason that you cannot go to be fingerprinted and photographed in the 14 day period.
What Does It Cost?
If the place that requested your background study did not pay for the fingerprinting and photo service, you will need to pay the $9.10 fee. Payment can be made:
Online using a credit or debit card at 3M Cogent; this site can be accessed using mobile devices
By phone using a credit card or debit card by calling the 3M Cogent Call Center toll free at 1-844-332-7671 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST
At the fingerprint and photo location by check or money order.
Cash is NOT accepted at the fingerprint and photo locations.