New Process for Virginia Office of EMS Fingerprint-Based Background Checks
Deadline to utilize new process is January 1, 2020
All EMS agency personnel (career, volunteer, certified, non-certified [drivers/auxiliary] and Operational Medical Directors) are required by Virginia Administrative Code 12VAC5-31-540 to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check, no more than 60 days prior to the individual’s affiliation with the EMS agency.
Starting January 1, 2020, the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) will no longer process ink and paper fingerprint cards for background checks. The OEMS will be utilizing the state contractor FieldPrint to collect and submit electronic fingerprints for regulatory required background checks.
To submit your fingerprints, please visit the Virginia Office of EMS website, select the Regulation & Compliance Division, then select the Fingerprint Submission tab. Then, you’ll answer a couple quick and simple questions to obtain your appropriate FieldPrint code. Next, follow the onscreen link to FieldPrint and schedule your appointment to submit your fingerprints.
FieldPrint assures that all areas of the Commonwealth are within 40 miles of a FieldPrint location. Should a FieldPrint location not be close enough or has limited operating hours, you can apply for an exception to receive and return a paper card completed by your local law enforcement agency, via FieldPrint. Please contact the Regulation and Compliance Division at 804-888-9130 for further instructions, PRIOR to scheduling your FieldPrint appointment.
Agencies do not have to wait until January 1, 2020 to begin using this process. Agencies can now begin using this process; however, all agencies MUST utilize this new process by January 1, 2020.