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Licensed Financial Services Entities: Fingerprinting Instructions

Pursuant to New York Banking Law Section 22, every applicant for a license under Articles 9, 9-A, 11-B, 12-B, 12-C and 13-B of the Banking Law and every applicant filing an application to acquire control of a licensee “under such articles shall submit simultaneously with an application, his or her fingerprints, in such form and in such manner as specified by the Division of Criminal Justice Services…."  Check cashers' employees are also required to be fingerprinted as per Part 400.1(c)(4) of the Superintendent's Regulations.

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) uses IdentoGO, a division of IDEMIA, as the primary method of obtaining fingerprint information for all applications. Applicants and individuals requiring fingerprinting are urged to go to an IdentoGO center located in New York State to have their fingerprints taken electronically.  In additional, starting November 8, 2018, some IdentoGO centers located outside of New York State (with limited but expanding availability and with an additional fee as explained below) have been enabled for this purpose.

Having the fingerprinting done electronically at an IdentoGO center is DFS’ preferred method of transmitting fingerprints to the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for processing. The results are then transmitted electronically back to DFS.

A.   If the individual is able to be fingerprinted at an IdentoGO center as described above, follow these instructions:↓

B.   If the individual is UNABLE to be fingerprinted at an IdentoGO center as described above, follow these instructions:

(Note: This method may be costlier, generally has a higher rejection rate caused by fingerprint quality issues, may cause delays in processing applications, and should be used only when it is not possible for the individual to go to an IdentoGO center as described above.↓


Updated 11/7/2018

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