THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA

TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

FINGERPRINTING PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS

The State of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Teacher Education Program require you to undergo a fingerprint-based background check.   Please follow the steps below:

  • Prior to being fingerprinted see Sandra Jones in Room 312 Hunter and sign a release form.
  • Register on-line with COGENT SYSTEMS PRIOR to going out to their location. Go to “Register on-line” at www.tennessee.cogentid.com and fill out the yellow sections. (COGENT’s telephone number is 1-877-862-2425)             
  • Provide the personal identification information – listed below. 
  • Be prepared to show a valid photo ID to the fingerprint staff on your printing date.
  • If you pay the $48 fee by money order, do not fill it.  No cash is accepted.
  • Allow at least 24-36 hours after calling COGENT before you go to the UPS to be printed.  Otherwise, you may be told your profile is not in their system and you will have to make a second trip to be printed. Appointments are not available, so please be sure your schedule is flexible.
  • After being fingerprinted, write down your transaction number and bring THIS NUMBER and your receipt to Sandra Jones in Hunter Hall, Room 312. Sandra will put your transaction number in to a tracking database.  Sandra’s phone is 423-425-1781. 

DO NOT FORGET YOUR TRANSACTION NUMBER!!!  It is your only proof of fingerprinting.

Please be prepared to provide the following personal identification information:

  • Legal Name, Birthdate, Birthplace, Gender, Race, Eye/Hair Color, Height/Weight
  • Social Security Number
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Applicant Phone and Address
  • Transaction Type: DP
  • Agency ORI: TNCC33059
  • Payment to be made by:  APPLICANT
  • Printing Location: UPS Store #1995, 2288 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
  • Employer Name and Address: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga    615 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37403 ATTN: Dr.Valerie Rutledge, Teacher Preparation Academy Dept 4154

NOTE:  If you need to check on your status after being fingerprinted, allow at least 36 hours and then contact Sandra Jones at 423-425-1781. You will need to provide her with your name, SSN, DOB, phone number, and tracking number.

COGENT FINGERPRINTING LOCATION:

UPS STORE, 2288 GUNBARREL ROAD, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37421

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday