All new employees must successfully pass a background check.  Please follow the below directions on how to complete the background check through 3M Cogent Systems.

For Alabama applicants:
  • The AAPS Electronic Fingerprint Fee is $46.90.
  • Go to
  • Read through the Registration Procedures under Registration
  • Click Register Online to complete the registration form
  • Go to Print Site Locations for locations, hours and information regarding what to bring with you
  • 3M Cogent requires current, valid and unexpired picture identification documents.  As a primary form of picture identification, a State issued driver's license may be presented by an applicant when being fingerprinted.  In the absence of a new driver's license, click here for a list of acceptable secondary documents.
  • Print the Proof of Transaction Receipt, which is under Print Site Locations (you must take your receipt with you to the Print Site Location.

For out of state applicants:
To use one of the following Print Site Locations, you are required to pre-register via the 3M Cogent Website and call for an appointment.
Cullman City Board of Education
301 First Street NE
Cullman, AL 35055
ATC Healthcare Services, Inc
100 Shadow Wood Park Suite 200A
Birmingham, AL  35244
3305-A Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, AL  35805
Pak Mail
1207 East Forrest Street D
Athens, AL  35613