How to Obtain Fingerprint Records

By Jalisa Summerville
Child care workers must be fingerprinted during the hiring process.

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To work in certain professions, you must obtain a fingerprint record during the criminal background check portion of the hiring process. This helps employers feel confident they are hiring safe and responsible employees. Whether you need a fingerprint record to complete your internship at a local school, or as a part of your police department application, getting your fingerprint records from a law enforcement agency can be an easy process.

Contact a local law enforcement agency and inquire about the steps needed to obtain fingerprint records. Ask about the specific days and times for fingerprint appointments, personal identification requirements, and fingerprint record fees.

Gather the required documents. Although, most agencies require individuals to bring one form of ID, such as a valid state-or government-issued photo ID, some facilities might require two forms of ID. Ask an agency representative for more specific details.

Visit the local sheriff's office, police station or other designated facility. Bring your personal identification documents, such as a state-issued photo ID and a check or money order for the fee.

Complete all documents. Fill out the fingerprint request form or application in the presence of an agency representative. This document or card usually contains personal information, such as your Social Security number and date of birth.

Get fingerprinted. A staff representative will guide you through the steps to record your fingerprints. Some agencies complete this process using a computer fingerprint scanner, while others document your prints using ink. Most agencies will provide you with a copy of your fingerprints.

About the Author

Jalisa Summerville is a social worker and former high school occupational English teacher who began writing in 2006. She has written grants for nonprofit organizations serving underprivileged children. Summerville holds a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University.

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