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Fingerprinting Locations

To minimize processing times, license applicants should visit the Criminal Background Check Program Office for digital fingerprinting with no additional fees. In locations outside the Twin Cities metro area, applicants should try to find a fingerprinting location that uses LiveScan (digital) fingerprint technology. Ink fingerprints are legally acceptable, but digital equipment produces better images. If you visit a location other than the Minnesota CBC Program Office, be aware that they do not need to be able to digitally transmit your prints. They merely need to digitally scan your fingerprints and print out a hardcopy fingerprint card that you mail in. If the agency does not keep hardcopy cards on hand, applicants may request one be mailed to them by the CBC office. Law enforcement agencies frequently offer fingerprinting services: county sheriffs, state crime bureaus, city police, state patrol, federal law enforcement agencies, and even licensed campus police. If local agencies do not do fingerprinting, they may have recommendations for the highest-quality local fingerprinting options. Call the Criminal Background Check office at 651-201-2822 if you need help finding a location near you that provides fingerprinting.


1. Criminal Background Check Program in Minnesota

2829 University Ave SE, Suite 555
Minneapolis, MN  55414-4202
CALL OR EMAIL FIRST for appointment
Method: LiveScan
Fee: no additional cost to applicants for in-office fingerprinting

2. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) in Minnesota

1430 Maryland Ave E
St. Paul, MN  55106
(651) 793-7000
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday; by appointment or walk-in
Method: LiveScan
Fee: $10 per fingerprint card
Payment: cash, check, money order

3. Local Law Enforcement in any State or Foreign Country

Contact local law enforcement agencies in your area to determine: (1) if they offer fingerprinting; (2) what days/times fingerprinting is available; (3) if they want you or their own staff to fill out the fingerprint card; and (4) if there is a fee. Local agencies may charge a fingerprinting fee that is separate from the fee you pay to the Board. Not all police agencies take fingerprints, or their hours may be limited. Call first to check their policies and set up an appointment. Examples of local law enforcement agencies to contact include the following: county sheriffs, your state's crime bureau, city police, tribal police, state patrol, licensed campus police, military police, and any other government law enforcement agency. Even if your local police agencies do not do fingerprinting, they will likely be able to refer you to a preferred local fingerprinting facility.


1. Forms (sent via email). ***Reminder: BOTH you and the person who fingerprints you sign Form 3.
2. Valid government-issued photo ID.
3. An acceptable payment method for any fee the location charges for fingerprints.
4. Depending on the location you visit, you may need to supply a fingerprint card.

If your fingerprinting location requires you to bring your own hard copy card, then contact the Criminal Background Check Program at or 651-201-2822; one will be mailed to you via USPS at no additional cost.

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