NOTICE: Change to Criminal History Request Process

 Effective November 1, 2023, the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services will begin utilizing the new Louisiana State Police (LSP) criminal history request and reporting system (LAPS).  Students/practitioners will be able to request a criminal history report from one of approximately 60 sites throughout the state as well as many sites across the United States. Reports will be available for review by the Bureau of EMS within approximately 72 hours of the completed criminal history report request.

 Process for in-state applicants:

  • Go to the Identigo site  
  • Enter the Bureau of EMS Service Code 27N4S2.  Applicant must have this information to enter the site.   
  • Applicants will be required to create a login and answer a few questions such as address, social security number, date of birth, email address, etc.
    •  **Email address is required and must be accurate.  Identigo will communicate directly with the applicant via email.  This is especially important should there be any issues with the report request or if the fingerprints are not accepted, the applicant will have 30 days to complete the re-fingerprinting without an additional fee/charge**
  • The system will suggest 3 of the closest approved sites to the address entered in the registration. 
  • The applicant selects the preferred site and schedules an appointment. 
  • Payment will be due at the time of service.
    • In-state fee:
      • The fee for State and Federal is $55.75. 
      • If the fingerprint site is a sheriff’s office, there is an additional $5.00 fee.
    • Out-of-state fee:
      • The fee for State and Federal is $55.75. 
      • Additional out-of-state service charge $39.99
        • Must visit the closest Identigo/Idemia fingerprint site (if available) or mail FBI fingerprint cards as directed.  

 Important Points:

  • The Bureau of EMS should receive results within 72 hours.  This will decrease the LSP processing and wait time for criminal history report results.
    • NOTE:  **Additional time will be necessary to allow the Bureau of EMS to process the criminal history report as well as the license application submitted by the student/practitioner in the BEMS IMS.**
  • All questions regarding the fingerprint and criminal history report process need to be directed to Identigo/Idemia, not the Bureau of EMS.  Only questions regarding the Bureau of EMS license application should be directed to the Bureau of EMS.
  • If your agency would like to pay for their student/practitioner criminal history reports, please see the attached Information in the document titled:  Louisiana No Charge Authorization Codes (NCAC)
  • November 1, 2023, is the first day the system will be available for use by Bureau of EMS applicants/practitioners
  • As of the close of business on November 30, 2023, criminal history report requests submitted on paper form by mail or in person at LSP will no longer be accepted.  Criminal history report applications submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2023.
  • Do not distribute the old paper criminal history report request form to students/practitioners after November 1, 2023.
  • Copies of mailing receipts will no longer be required to be uploaded into the BEMS IMS after November 30, 2023, for any applicant submitted via Identigo.

 As a reminder: The Louisiana Bureau of Emergency Medical Services requires and Federal and State Criminal history report for all initial Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT), and Paramedics.  A criminal history report is also required upon disclosure of any criminal history in the Bureau of EMS license application for all practitioner levels: Students, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT), and Paramedics.

 Instructors are still encouraged to have students complete the criminal history report within the first two weeks of the beginning of the course.  This will allow time for LSP and the Bureau of EMS to process applications prior to the student having access to patient/clinical time.