Why would I need to get fingerprinted?
There are numerous reasons to get your fingerprints taken. The most common reason to get fingerprints done is to fulfill the employee pre-screening requirements when applying for a government position or other important job.
Fingerprinting is required so that your employer can do a background check.
Your fingerprints will be compared to state and national fingerprint databases to make sure you are not wanted by law enforcement and are fit to handle classified information or valuable merchandise if the position requires it.
In addition to government jobs, there are many occupations where your fingerprints may be requested during the application process including:
Aircraft Pilot, Ambulance Driver, Assisted-Living-Facility Manager, Attorney, Child Care Provider, Contractor for Public Schools, Domestic Violence Shelter Worker, Hazmat Driver, Homeless Shelter Worker, Nuclear Employee, Pharmacist, Security Guard, Stock Broker.
You may also be asked to provide fingerprints to obtain a Concealed Weapon Permit, Foster Home License, Nursing Certification, Real Estate License, and Teacher Certification.
Fingerprinting requirements will vary based on the state you live in.
Another reason to have your fingerprints taken is to confirm your identity when signing a legal document.
Some banks and credit unions may request your fingerprints if you apply for a loan, refinance a mortgage, or even cash a check.
They do this as a security measure to combat fraudulent transactions.
There are also several government forms that require fingerprints such as:
Form I-600 Petition to Classify an Orphan as a Relative, I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence, and I-589 Application for Political Asylum.
Where can I get fingerprinted?
Select your state below to find a local fingerprinting service. If you are heading to an out-of-state interview, select the state your prospective employer is located in.