Fingerprinting - Drug Testing, Alcohol Testing, DOT Physicals, CDL Physicals & DNA Testing in Harrisburg, PA at Rapid Test Center

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Harrisburg, PA based Rapid Test Center is a Pennsylvania Cogent fingerprinting provider serving the South Central Pennsylvania region.

Monday - Friday 8:00am to 12:30pm & 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Closed on all major holidays
Please register with 3M Cogent and have your Registration ID BEFORE you arrive for fingerprinting
No appointment necessary for individuals

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We are located at 900 Eisenhower Blvd. Harrisburg, Pa 17111 between McDonald's and The Red Roof Inn. Next to Domino's & State Farm. Free parking. Tractor Trailer Parking.

PA Cogent Fingerprinting is the official fingerprinting vendor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking, Department of Education, Department of Aging, Department of Transportation (PennDOT), PA State Police Lethal Weapons Certification (Act 235)  and Department of Public Welfare.

Cogent/ LiveScan Fingerprinting is needed for a number of state licensed professions including:

  • Teachers
  • Student Teachers (participating in classroom teaching, internships, clinical or field experiences)
  • All prospective employees of public and private schools, Intermediate Units and area vocational-technical schools (including administrators, teachers, janitors, cafeteria works, office employees)
  • Independent Contractors working in public and private schools
  • Bus Drivers of public and private schools
  • Daycare Workers
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Any prospective employee of a child care service
  • Persons seeking to operate child care services
  • Self-employed family day care providers
  • Department of Banking Licensing
  • Department of Public Welfare Licensing
  • Department of Education Licensing
  • Department of Aging Licensing
  • Act 114 Licensing
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) CDL Hazmat endorsement fingerprinting
  • PA Department of Transportation PATRIOT ACT fingerprinting
  • Armed Security Officers / Certified Agents
  • Act 235 Certification

What am I required to bring to the fingerprint site?

You must be registered first before proceeding to a fingerprint site.  At the fingerprint site you will be asked to produce a qualified State or Federal photo ID before processing may begin.  See what to bring for a list of approved ID types at the link below.  Applicants will not be processed if they cannot produce acceptable identification.

How do I know if my personal information is secure?

Your personal data traveling from the fingerprint equipment is comprehensively secured and regulated by both Cogent Systems and State and Federal regulations governing the use of that data.

The Cogent statewide fingerprint service is housed within a secured network that is protected by firewall devices configured explicitly to allow only permissible protocols and traffic.  Cogent ensures that all of the fingerprint machine’s background check submissions adhere to both the FBI’s and Pennsylvania State Police’s Security requirements.  All communication traffic to and from the fingerprint machine is either encrypted or conducted through encrypted ports.

Where do I register for fingerprinting?

Registration involves collecting pertinent demographic information that is required by law from each applicant.  During registration you will also be given the chance to pay electronically for your background check.  Registration is best conducted online at  This way you can insure the correctness of all demographic information you submit.  Online registration alleviates many data collection problems and effectively speeds processing at the fingerprint site.  After you have registered on the Cogent site, you may walk in to our office and have your fingerprints taken.

Do I have to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted?

No, Rapid Test Center accepts walk-in fingerprinting requests at our Harrisburg, Dauphin County location.  We work on a first come, first serve basis.

Our hours for fingerprinting are:
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 12:30pm & 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Do you offer Mobile Cogent Fingerprinting for my group?

Yes, Rapid Test Center offers mobile fingerprinting for any group that requires to be fingerprinted through the Cogent System.  Please give us a call at (717) 370-2549 option 6 for our fingerprinting division.  We offer mobile cogent fingerprinting throughout South Central PA.

Where are you located?

Rapid Test Center is in a professional office building located conveniently to Route 283, Route 83, Route 81, PA 283, and PA Turnpike in Harrisburg, PA. We are located between Mc Donald's and The Red Roof Inn. Next to Domino's & State Farm. Free parking. Tractor Trailer Parking.

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