Illinois Nursing License Fingerprinting, NCLEX Fingerprints

1st Choices provides fingerprinting options for both in state and out of state applicants for their Illinois Nursing License – NCLEX Illinois Fingerprinting.  We are a IDFPR licensed fingerprint vendor authorized to transmit for almost any requirement.  If you are in state – stop by and we can process your fingerprints and transmit the same day.  Add the TCN number to your application and you are all set for the fingerprinting requirements of the license process.

Nursing Classes – 1st Choice can come to your class and process students for their fingerprinting requirements.  The school can set up an account to pay directly or students can pay individually at time of fingerprinting by cash or charge card.  We’ve processed classes of more than 120 students at a time.  Advantages of using 1st Choice Fingerprinting to come to you to fingerprint are:

  • We come to you mobile and process on site.
  • We can process 25-30 individuals per hour with a single machine
  • Discounted rates for volume and no travel fee for services of more than 10 individuals.
  • We transmit within 24 hours of processing fingerprints
  • Fast, Friendly, Professional services that can come to you

Out of State – 1st Choice processes hundreds of out of state applicants monthly and have quickly become the go to company for fingerprinting for several major insurance companies nationwide.  We process the fingerprint cards the same day we receive them and email you the paperwork you need for license.  We offer a couple options if you needed fingerprint cards or if you are all set to send them to us – see below.

  1. Need Fingerprint Cards – We offer a complete out of state packet.  We will send you all the forms, 3 fingerprint cards and return priority postage paid envelope.  All the instructions are spelled out and fairly simple to understand.  Cost is $80 and can be purchased here – PREPAID PACKET – we ship within 24 hours of order.
  2. Have Fingerprint Cards – If you have cards, please see instructions and COMPLETE THE FORMS – send us your prints, it’s that simple.  Cost is $60 and you can PREPAY HERE

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out – that is why we are here.


Medical Cannabis Patients Fingerprinting not required in Illinois

Some great news for the Medical Cannabis pilot  – As of August 28th, 2018, patients and caregivers no loner need to be fingerprinted to apply for the program.  Governor Rauner signed into law the removal of the fingerprint requirement.  Below is an excerpt from the official announcement.

  • Patients and Designated Caregivers applying for a Medical Cannabis registry card do not need to submit fingerprints or consent to a background check as part of their application.
  • No business or person may charge patients for help filling out applications. If a patient needs help with the application process, they visit a participating local health department for free help. Many medical cannabis dispensaries can also help a patient fill out the application at no charge.
  • Certifying physicians are required to have a relationship with the patient established at a physician’s office, hospital, or other healthcare facility and the physician must have an ongoing responsibility for the patient’s assessment, care, and treatment.

Official Web Page Announcement

Illinois Out of State Fingerprinting

We know how difficult figuring out the various requirements from state to state.  Some states you can send cards to them directly and others you must seek out a livescan vendor to submit on your behalf.  Over the course of the next few months we will be adding information to help you wade through the various requirements.  1st Choice will also be adding options to allow you to submit directly to us for multiple states.  So lets start:

Illinois – Let’s keep this as simple as possible.  You do not need to wait for the State of Illinois to send you their version of a fingerprint card that were printed in 1998.  The TCN number they list on that card does not apply to anything.  The only thing you need are FBI cards and the forms required to submit.

  1. Download Forms with instructions HERE – if you already have print cards, you can prepay HERE or include the credit card Authorization or Money Order with your packet when you send, if not prepaying.  OR Purchase a complete packet HERE and we will send you print cards, forms with priority postage both ways including submission to Illinois.
  2. Find a local livescan vendor or police department that can fingerprint you on fingerprint cards, we prefer 2 but only one is needed.  Have them fill out section 2 of the OOS-FP form.
  3. Fill out the remaining forms and send the packet to 1st Choice Fingerprinting for processing.
  4. We process the same day received (Monday – Friday) and we email you the TCN# that you will associate with your application
  5. Mail Completed packets to: 1st Choice Livescan 4701 W Midlothian Tpk, Suite 2, Crestwood IL 60418

If you are an Illinois Resident who doesn’t have access to a local livescan vendor, you too can use this option.  We process hundreds of cards per month and have the most advanced scanning equipment available.  However we are only as good as the fingerprints sent to us – if they are smudges, they will probably be rejected and you will need to send us another set of fingerprints with a $45 reprint fee.  We don’t recommend fingerprinting yourself, it’s almost impossible.

Thanks for reading – Hope we helped shed a little light on Illinois Fingerprinting.  Any questions, give us a call at 708-697-3131.

Illinois Concealed Carry Fingerprinting

Illinois CCL Livescan Fingerprints are optional for Illinois CCL applicants but it dramatically speeds up the process. Without fingerprinting expect a minimum processing time of 90 days and we’ve heard of applicants that took as long as 6 months. With fingerprinting, many of our students are receiving their license in under 45 days.  Obviously there are contributing factors that may prolong the process even with fingerprints.

When selecting a fingerprint provider, be sure to select one that holds their own license and is not “piggy backing” off someone else’s license.  Those part time fingerprint providers may not be fully trained or have the experience to ensure your fingerprints are suitable for transmission.  Be sure to read reviews online.

Out of state fingerprint cards** We also fingerprint for out of state purposes. We capture your fingerprints digitally and print them onto FBI approved fingerprint cards for submission to other states.

1st Choice Livescan Fingerprinting is fully licensed by the State of Illinois, bonded and insured. We have 8 full time fingerprint technicians at our Crestwood office and have mobile machines so we can come to you. We accept cash or credit for this fingerprinting, no appointment necessary and there is rarely a wait.

** Florida CCL License requires fingerprints be taken by a law enforcement agency.  Fingerprinting agencies are not law enforcement agencies.  Those providing this service are falsely representing themselves.

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