How To Get Livescan Fingerprints In NYC

It’s obvious that this is a tech blog, and this isn’t a tech-oriented post. But I know there are a lot of people who are in the same situation as I was yesterday.

Update: How To Get Your NYC Teacher Certification Fingerprints For Your TEACH Account

My girlfriend needed to get her fingerprints taken so she could apply for teacher certification in NYC’s schools. The NY Department of Education does a pretty stellar job when it comes to clarity in terms of telling teaching prospects exactly what they need to do in order to become certified. One of those things is getting fingerprinted.

They don’t exactly tell you where to get fingerprinted, although. They mention that they accept traditional fingerprint cards, and the new digital livescan method, but not any names of places that do these things.

A quick search online for “livescan fingerprint nyc” yields mostly useless links, with the exception of one company at 130 Williams in lower Manhattan. After a short call, we decided not to go with them due to some questionable fees and their particularly shady website.

So do you want to know where we ended up? The NYC Police Station, at 1 Police Plaza. They do fingerprints from 9am to ~4pm, have a light fee, and they do traditional and livescan fingerprints. It took us the better part of a day to figure out we should go there.

They’re on the lower east side of Manhattan, a few blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge.

I hope this helps someone who is in a similar situation. Leave a comment if it did!

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  • Sheila

    I went today, but I was told that they no longer do fingerprints for the NYS.

  • Sheila

    I was doing it for certification also. Thank you anyway

  • Jason

    I really appreciate this information as I have been trying to find this information for some time now. You rock!

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  • WD

    You can get them done for NYSED at 65 Court Street in Brooklyn, which is the Board of Education Human Resources office. They will do them for you even if you are not going to work for the Board of Edu. for $10.00.

  • Alana

    I called NYSED at 65 Court Street, and they said they would do it for $10 and without an appointment. Thanks for doing the research for us!

  • AllegGators

    Thanks so much!

  • sd712

    Thank you so much! I’m in Westchester in a similar situation and I hope that the local police department will do the same thing for me.  I need to get this thing sent out ASAP! 

  • Jona

    So we pay the fee of  $94 on TEACH homepage and the police station fee?

  • Shana

    THANK YOU! You saved me from spending the day searching for this!

  • NYisaPITA

    Thank you! I’m from Georgia and just got a job in NY. This whole certification process has been a nightmare. This is a big help!

  • Cesear

    Yeah the only problem is the NYPD doesn’t send the prints off for you, which is an additional cost. Also to get the results in 2-3 business days via pdf online they don’t do that either