Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fairfax County CERT IDs now available to the CERT membership.

Fairfax County CERT ID cards are now available for our members. There is a specific process by which a CERT ID card is issued-please follow the instructions.

To be elgible for a Fairfax County CERT ID card, you must be an active CERT 2 or CERT 3 class graduate.
CERT ID cards will NOT be issued to CERT basic class graduates. (But CERT basic graduates who complete the CERT "bridge class" to obtain CERT 2 status ARE elgible. )
"Active" in this context means that you are up to date on your annual refresher classes
and actively participating in drills or in outreach events.

Remember, to stay current as a Fairfax County CERT member, you need to participate in at least one yearly CERT refresher; participate in three outreach events within one calendar year; or participate in events designated as counting for a yearly refresher class.

You must also submit to our Fire Dept. volunteer coordinator, Jeffrey Katz a copy of a background check, and an electronic passport sized photograph.

To obtain background check/criminal records search, you must follow the procedure below:
(No other sources, or a security clearance will be accepted)

You must appear in person at Central Records, 10600 Page Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22030. You can show up without appointment Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm . You will be required to provide two forms of identification. One must contain your photograph and date of birth. The following is a list of acceptable forms of identification:
· A valid driver’s license
· A social security card
· Birth certificate
· Passport
· Military Identification
· Medicare card
· State-issued identification card
· A green card
Is there a cost for obtaining a copy of my criminal record?
· A $10 fee is charged. The CERT is responsible for this fee.
· Payment in the form of cash, credit card, money order or check made payable to the County of Fairfax.

Once you have your background check results, these will need to be scanned and emailed to Jeffrey; along with a digital passport sized photograph of yourself. If you cannot scan and email the results electronically, you may mail these in. Please contact Jeffrey via email for the address to send the results.
The completed ID card will then be mailed to you.

This is the procedure-it's relatively quick and painless. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey at or Dana Powers at

CERT volunteer coordinator