Requirements for Completing the FD-258 Card
The fingerprint card must be signed by both you and the person who takes your fingerprints. However, the card must be completed before you sign it. Depending on where you have your prints taken, you may be asked to complete the card before your appointment or the information may be entered into the computer and printed on the card during your appointment.
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When should I complete the information at the top?
When and if you should complete the information at the top of the card will depend on where you have your fingerprints taken. Many locations will enter the information into a computer that will then print the information on the card. Others will ask you to complete the information by hand. Check with the fingerprinting location to determine whether you should fill out the information before your appointment.
CBC TIP: When you contact the fingerprinting location to schedule an appointment, be sure to ask both of these questions:
- Do you have an official FD-258 card with the full Privacy Act Statement printed on the back? (If not, contact the CBCP to request a card.)
- Should I fill out the top portion of the card before my appointment?
Demographic Data Requirements
The following fields must be completed. For detailed instructions on how to complete these fields, visit our Demographic Data page.
- Residential address
- Reason Fingerprinted (POR 214 075)
- ORI (See Board ORI list)
- Country of Citizenship
- Place of Birth
Check the fingerprints before signing the card. Your fingerprints should be visible in each of the boxes. Pay special attention to the Four Flat images at the bottom of the card. All four fingers for each hand must appear inside the appropriate box. Ideally they will all be visible above the words printed at the bottom. Cards missing images may be rejected by the FBI.
Date and Signatures
If the date was not printed on the card, be sure it is added. The date must reflect the date the fingerprints were taken. The card must be signed by the applicant and the person taking the fingerprints at the time the prints were taken.