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Before the court will hear your guardian advocate petition, you must have your fingerprints submitted for a state and national criminal history records check.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office provides fingerprinting services for guardian advocate applicants. They have five locations below to choose from. Fingerprinting services are scheduled by appointment only.
Winter Haven - (863) 298-6242
Lake Wales - (863) 678-4170
Southwest Lakeland - (863) 499-2400
Davenport - (863) 236-3900
Northwest Lakeland - (863) 577-1600
Additional fingerprinting agencies can be found for your county by contacting LiveScan. Please call (850) 410-8161 or check the online list here. If you are searching for agencies using the online list, please search for ones that are in the same area code as your phone number.
A few tips for the fingerprinting process:
You must bring a picture ID - a Florida Driver's License is preferred.
Very important - An Originating Agency Identification (ORI) Number for your county's clerk of court will need to be provided to the agency at the time of fingerprinting. This will insure that the FDLE returns the report to the clerk for use in your guardian advocate case. You can contact your county's clerk of court from their resources page to obtain their ORI Number.
Be prepared to pay fees:
A $5.00 fingerprinting fee plus $38.75 FDLE submission fee must be paid. The two fees must be paid separately by cash or check to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
A Transaction Control Number (TCN) will be issued upon getting your fingerprints done. KEEP this number for your records; it will likely be needed to make an online payment for the background check.
The results of the background check will be sent directly to the Polk County Clerk of Court.
Why do I have to get fingerprints taken? The court needs to verify the background of anyone petitioning to be a guardian advocate. This is for the protection of the adult with delayed learning and prevents ineligible individuals from being appointed as a guardian advocate.