Steamboat residents must travel to Craig for fingerprinting while Steamboat police await state approval
January 15, 2019
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Steamboat Springs Police Department is temporarily unable to provide fingerprinting services for individuals and businesses seeking background checks.
People needing to obtain civil fingerprints for background checks will now need to travel to a center in Craig.
This change is part of the Colorado Applicant Background Services program that the state launched in fall 2018. Under the new process, the state uses third-party vendors to offer fingerprinting services for people in need of licensing for various professions.
Initially, the Police Department was able to continue providing fingerprinting on a temporary basis; however, that option ended Monday.
Chief Cory Christensen said the Police Department usually processes about 1,100 fingerprints each year for 32 different professions in the area such as Realtors, day care providers and teachers.
The Police Department has been selected as an approved provider of fingerprinting services, but it is still awaiting final approval from the state.
Two third-party vendors are currently approved in the state: IdentoGO, which operates the center in Craig, and Colorado Fingerprinting.
Commander Jerry Stabile said in a news release that this break in service is temporary, and the Police Department hopes to resume fingerprinting services within the next month.
"We'll let citizens know when that approval arrives from the state," Stabile said in the news release.
For a list of fingerprinting locations, costs and hours of operation for IdentoGo, call 844-539-5539. All appointments must be scheduled in advance.