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HONESDALE -- When UPS stopped offering fingerprinting services for people seeking criminal background checks for employment or volunteer purposes, the service, IdentoGo, approached the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in search of a new partner in the Honesdale area.
IdentoGo provides a wide range of identity-related services, and specializes in the secure capture and transmission of electronic fingerprints for employment, certification, licensing and other verification purposes – in professional and convenient locations.
Many businesses and professionals are required to undergo a criminal background check, and since Pennsylvania toughened its child protection laws in the wake of the Jerry Sanduskey Abuse Scandal, volunteers who work directly with young people – coaches, scout masters, 4-H leaders and bus drivers etc. -- must do so as well. The company works with the state as the exclusive provider on these services.
The county already had the equipment and trained staff to handle fingerprinting for the county and for law enforcement, so it seemed like a good fit. Sheriff Mark Steelman said, “We are hoping to offer more of their services, but this is what we are starting with right now.”
The Sheriff’s Office, on the first floor of the Wayne County Courthouse Annex in Honesdale, takes appointments and walk-ins only on Fridays from 8:30 to 11:20 am and from 12:20 to 4:10 pm. Those requiring fingerprinting must be registered on the IdentoGo website, whether you make an appointment or want to come in at a time of convenience. (
When registering, they will be prompted to enter a service code, which is provided by whomever is requesting the background check and this service code also determines the cost. Forms of payment are credit card, cashier’s check, money order or a business check. No cash for this service
For more information, contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 570-253-5970 ext. 1183 or visit the Sheriff’s webpage.