New Process for Virginia Office of EMS Fingerprint-Based Background Checks – Deadline to utilize new process is January 1, 2020

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. 

19 thoughts on “New Process for Virginia Office of EMS Fingerprint-Based Background Checks – Deadline to utilize new process is January 1, 2020

    1. Hello Jason,
      Per the Code of Virginia and the Virginia Administrative Code, this is the acceptable process for an individual seeking EMS certification or affiliation within the Commonwealth of Virginia for eligibility to be determined.

      However, an EMS agency located in a locality having a local ordinance adopted in accordance with §§ 15.2-1503.1 and 19.2-389 of the Code of Virginia, shall require an applicant for employment or to serve as a volunteer to submit fingerprints and provide personal descriptive information to be provided directly to the Central Criminal Records Exchange to be forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of obtaining criminal history records information for the applicant. The Central Criminal Records Exchange shall, upon receipt of an applicants records or notification that no record exists, forward the results of the state and national records search to the county, city, or town manager or chief law-enforcement officer for the locality, or his designee, shall notify the Office of Emergency Medical Services regarding the applicants eligibility for certification or affiliation in accordance with the requirements related to disqualifying offenses set forth in regulations of the Board.

      No other criminal records checks or processes are allowed by regulation or law.

    1. Currently, the Office of EMS will continue to mail an eligibility letter to the requesting agency for their files. We are working on upgrading the portal to allow for the eligibility status to be displayed on each provider portal, as well as all agency affiliation rosters where they appear as well.

    1. All affiliated EMS agency members in the Commonwealth of Virginia, both certified and non-certified must have an eligibility form in their agency file, unless they were affiliated with the agency PRIOR to January 1, 2003.

      1. This is from the Criminal History Record Verification, Frequently
        Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

        3. Q: Is the fingerprint process retroactive – do I need to have all my members have this done?

        A: Although the legislation was passed and effective on July 1, 2013 – the Office was not able to finalize the
        process to check criminal history records until recently. The process begins on July 1, 2014 and as such,
        anyone who applies for membership or employment with an EMS agency on or after July 1, 2014 must be
        fingerprinted. NO – it is not retroactive.

        So, is this still accurate?

        1. Yes, that is correct. We are NOT requiring agencies to repeat fingerprints of their members. This is simply a change (new process) of how we will acquire fingerprints after January 1, 2020. Any member (certified or not) of any agency that joined/affiliated with an agency after January 1, 2003 MUST have an eligibility status letter in their personnel file per EMS Regulation. Only members that have joined or were affiliated with the agency PRIOR to January 1, 2003 are EXEMPT from having a criminal background check.

  1. We work with our local law enforcement to do our fingerprints. They currently utilize “live Scan” to do FP. I am assuming for us to continue this process our locality will have to adopt the above code, is that correct? If not what are our options? Where will the nearest FieldPrint location be to Franklin County?

    1. In order for an EMS Agency to NOT utilize FieldPrint to acquire fingerprints; their local government must adopt the ordinance and become the responsible agent for the collection, submission, and interpretation of results compared to Code of Virginia and Virginia Administrative Code to determine eligibility for EMS certification and or affiliation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

      The locality will then be responsible to notify both the requesting agency of the applicants eligibility status and the Virginia Office of EMS. You may also contact the Regulation & Compliance Division for further information at 804-888-9131.

  2. I see that there are large gaps of areas that do not have a print center to them, i see this as a problem and could cost agencies members if they have to travel 30 plus miles to get finger prints to join a volunteer agency, is there anything being done to increase the offices that may help some of these areas.

    1. Yes there are alternatives, please call the Virginia Office of EMS, Regulation & Compliance Division for further details at 804-888-9131.

  3. More hurdles for “volunteering”. It’s already to the point where volunteers are saying it’s not worth the headache.

  4. Will there be any costs associated with this new process, by either the individual being fingerprinted or organization that they will become affiliated with? If so, how much?

    1. Only non-certified applicants applying to affiliate with an EMS agency such as drivers are required to pay a fee when scheduling the appointment.

      If joining a volunteer agency the fee is $28.72 and a career agency is $35.72.

    1. Yes, when scheduling the fingerprint appointment, information will be provided as to what acceptable forms of Identification are required at the appointment.

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