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SAFE Live Scan Digital Fingerprinting

Click here to read the SC Background Check Law for Child Care Providers

The State of South Carolina has contracted with MorphoTrust to provide electronic fingerprinting services for child care providers who require a state (SLED) and federal (FBI) fingerprint-based criminal history background check. Live scan digital fingerprinting provides the most accurate and quickest way to submit and process state and federal background checks.

Effective July 1, 2008, MorphoTrust began providing electronic fingerprinting services for all child care operators and staff. This live scan digital fingerprinting will:

  • Decrease rejection of fingerprint cards by providing quality prints
  • Reduce the processing time by electronically forwarding prints to SLED
  • Provide additional safeguards of applicant identity
  • Provide convenient scheduling services
  • Provide more convenient methods of payment
    • At the time of appointment scheduling, MorphoTrust will accept cashier checks, money orders, business checks, Visa or MasterCard, debit cards, E-checks, personal checks, and Escrow accounts.
    • At the time of appointment, MorphoTrust will accept cashier checks, money orders, business checks, personal checks, and Escrow accounts. Make checks payable to MorphoTrust USA.

Current live scan digital fingerprinting sites are located in Columbia, North Charleston, Greenville, Florence, and Rock Hill. Mobile live scan services can be provided for 25 or more applicants upon request.

The State Applicant Fingerprint Electronic (SAFE) live scan form should be completed by each applicant prior to scheduling appointments. Child Care Licensing will provide you with the required information to complete the fingerprint process. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need a unique ID number to schedule your appointment. Only YOUR facility has this number! DO NOT SHARE this number with another facility. Please call your regional office if you do not know your number.

Please direct questions concerning the live scan digital fingerprinting to MorphoTrust at 1-866-254-2366 or to the Fingerprint Liaisons with the Department of Social Services Division of Investigation: Sephra Alston – 803-898-8007 or Tameka Pauling – 803-898-8005.

Effective June 2019, the Background check laws were amended.  To review the changes enacted click here.

The Department has approved a 50% reimbursement for you and any existing staff or household members that were required to be re-fingerprinted due to the CCDBG Act of 2014 and subsequently, the new SC Background Check Law requirements. This reimbursement is for existing staff that were hired before August 5, 2019. We will not reimburse you for any new staff hired after August 5, 2019.  Please read the instructions and if you have any questions, please contact Charlene Caldwell, Child Care Licensing, at 803-898-5082 or by email at Charlene.caldwell@dss.sc.gov. The reimbursement application can be found here.  The W-9 form for the application can be found here

Instructions for Scheduling Services “SAFE” Live Scan Digital Fingerprinting 

On-Line Scheduling

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Go to https://sc.ibtfingerprint.com
  • Click on English or Spanish to begin registration
  • Select Agency’s ORI Number [SC 920090Z - DSS Child Care]
  • Click Go
  • Enter your facility ID [Your assigned facility ID number (Your unique identification number)]
  • Click Go
  • Verify your facility’s name by selecting “Yes” if this is correct. [If you select “No” you will be returned to the previous screen to re-enter your correct facility ID number]
  • Click Go
  • Select Reason
  • Click Go
  • Enter Zip Code or choose a region for a location to be fingerprinted
  • Click Go
  • Choose a location
  • Choose a date from the calendar and select “Click to Schedule” in blue
  • Choose appointment time and Click Go
  • Enter information from State Applicant Fingerprint Electronic (SAFE) live scan form
  • Click Send Information

Call Center Scheduling

  • Available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Call 1-866-254-2366 and speak to one of the operators
  • Operators will collect required information and schedule your appointment
  • Facility ID number is required

NOTE: Walk-ins are accepted, but should only be used in an emergency situation when time does not allow the individual to schedule an appointment. You must show a valid photo ID to be fingerprinted!

Payment Schedule  

SLED/FBI fee plus MorphoTrust processing fee = total fee due

Revised Fingerprinting Fees (Effective 6/1/19)

Licensed/Registered/Approved Child Care Facilities

Regular paid employees (part-time or full-time)  $26.50 + $13.50 = $40.00
Volunteer/unpaid employees (part-time or full-time) $22.50 + $13.50 = $36.00
Household Members (in Registered Family Child Care Homes) $26.50 + $13.50 = $40.00

Charitable Organizations*

Paid employees (part-time or full-time) $21.25 + $13.50 = $34.75
Volunteer/Unpaid employees (part-time or full-time) $19.25 + $ 13.50 = $32.75

*Must submit documentation to SLED verifying non-profit status to receive the rate for charitable organizations.

Method of Payment 

At the time of appointment scheduling, MorphoTrust will accept cashier checks, money orders, business checks, Visa or MasterCard, debit cards, E-checks, personal checks, and Escrow accounts.

At the time of appointment, MorphoTrust will accept cashier checks, money orders, business checks, personal checks, and Escrow accounts. Make checks payable to MorphoTrust USA.