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Foster Parent Background Checks

As North Carolina continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned numerous law enforcement agencies are adapting and/or changing their fingerprint availability, often on a weekly basis.  Due to various federal requirements, DCDEE cannot waive the requirement for fingerprints.  We encourage you to use the resources below to assist.

The following link will allow you to search law enforcement agencies by zip code and/or city and state. You will be able to search law enforcement locations that will fingerprint applicants electronically, and this process is referred to as livescan fingerprinting. If the LEA does not have a livescan device, a card will be printed and handed to the applicant to submit to DCDEE by mail.   

Map Livescan Locations (

The hard copy of the FD-258 fingerprint card will need to be mailed to DCDEE, who will forward to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, if you have applicants printed at any third-party fingerprinting location. Below you will find third-party fingerprint locations located throughout the state of North Carolina. THIRD PARTY FINGERPRINTING LOCATIONS DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEND ELECTRONIC (LIVESCAN) FINGERPRINTS TO THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.

Carolina Fingerprinting

Fieldprint is out of Clayton

Raleigh Mobile Fingerprinting

RTP Mobile Fingerprinting

IdentoGo out of Wilmington

Thank you to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in providing this information. 

Information for obtaining background checks for foster parents

Prospective foster parents must have a background check completed by the Criminal Background Check Unit.

Here you can obtain information on how to foster.  You can also view laws such as NC General Statute 131D and the Adam Walsh Act. 

Materials needed for NC Foster/Adoption:


If you are submitting your prints on a FD-258 Fingerprint Card please use the SBI OCA Code for NC Adoption:  DSSFOSP01

‚ÄčYou can obtain fingerprints from an approved agency.

Background Check Unit Staff for NC Foster Care:

333 Six Forks Road
2201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699




2201 Mail Service Center | Raleigh, NC 27699-2200
919-814-6300 | 1-800-859-0829 (In State Only)

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