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What is a fingerprint card?
A fingerprint card is the physical card your fingers are rolled over to leave a print on after they have been inked. It is the official record of your prints. There are electronic versions done via electronic fingerprinting.
Are employers allowed to conduct a fingerprint background checks?
In many fields of work, employers are actually required to conduct fingerprint background checks of prospective employee. Examples would be governmental agencies, teachers, aircraft and weapons design, manufacture and jobs that work with sensitive or classified information. In some cases, background checks are not required by law, but are done for the safety of the company and its customers. The higher the risk or trust factor, the higher the likelihood of a fingerprint background check.
How does electronic fingerprinting work?
In electronic fingerprinting, your hand or palm is placed over a scanning device and the images are scanned, uploaded, and saved.
What are the licensure requirements for fingerprinting services?
Review the state-issued handbook to make sure you qualify, complete the application, and get fingerprinted. Laws and requirements vary by state.
Who provides fingerprinting services?
Federal agencies like the FBI and Department of Justice provide fingerprinting services. Private companies also provide fingerprinting services.
How long does it usually take to get fingerprinting results?
Depending on where you go, you should receive the results of your fingerprinting within five to seven business days. The FBI and DOJ offer results in about 72 hours.
What is inkless (live scan) fingerprinting?
Live scan fingerprinting is a process that captures finger and palm prints electronically using a computer and fingerprinting scanner. The finger/palm is placed on the scanner and scanned. The image is saved and processed electronically.
How long does fingerprinting take?
To live scan or ink roll your fingerprints usually takes 10 minutes or less.
How much do fingerprinting services cost?
Finger printing costs can vary in the private sector, but federal services can do them by mandated rates. Many agencies now use a method called live-scan fingerprinting to capture finger and palm prints electronically using a computer and fingerprinting scanner. The Department of Justice will provide fingerprint services for $32 and the FBI will do them for $17, Fingerprint rolling fees are $30 if you do ink rolling. There are also private companies that will do electronic fingerprinting for $50.
Who uses fingerprinting services?
Law enforcement agencies and private facilities use fingerprinting services to document, track, and research individuals.