How to Get a Fingerprint Card

By Jane Meggitt - Updated May 31, 2017
Fingerprint card

If you must undergo a criminal background check for a job or volunteer position, submitting a copy of your fingerprints is part of the process. Obtaining a fingerprint card isn't difficult – and you have various options for getting one. The actual fingerprinting process requires a trained technician, so it's likely that the agency requiring the testing will supply the cards for you as an individual. If you're purchasing for an organization, bulk cards are readily available.

Obtaining Fingerprint Cards

You can obtain fingerprint cards from your local law enforcement agency. You can also visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation website and download the standard FBI fingerprint card, Form FD-258. This is the type of card used for non-criminal fingerprints. Various online office product companies also sell standard fingerprint cards in bulk if you need to order a large number of cards for background check purposes for an organization.

About the Author

A graduate of New York University, Jane Meggitt writes regularly for various legal blogs. Her work has appeared in LegalZoom, USA Today and many other publications.

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