Fingerprinting services are offered on a walk-in basis at South Sound 911’s public counter (945 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma). The service is offered during normal business hours, but fingerprinting services end one (1) hour before closing. Photo identification is required (driver license, passport, etc.) at the time of service.
The public counter provides inkless (digitally scanned) fingerprints on an FBI FD-258 card provided by our office. If you require ink fingerprints or need your prints applied to a fingerprint card supplied to you by the requesting agency, you will need to contact another fingerprinting service provider or visit the Washington State Patrol’s office in Olympia.
In most instances, fingerprints cannot be sent electronically; the completed FD-258 fingerprint card will be provided to you. It will be your responsibility to submit the fingerprint card(s) to the requesting agency or business and obtain the proper ORI (a 9-digit originating agency identifier assigned by the FBI).
Our office only electronically transmits fingerprints for original concealed pistol license (CPL) applicants, local background checks needed for South Sound 911/Pierce County employment, and for certain licenses referred from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office (taxi, entertainers, peddlers, etc.).
- $10 for the first card, $3 for each additional card.
- Cash or credit/debit card only.
Frequently Asked Questions
May I request a copy of my fingerprints taken on a previous visit?
No. Fingerprints are not kept on file. If you want copies for future use, we suggest purchasing extra cards when you visit.
What if my fingerprints are “rejected?”
While digital fingerprints typically produce better fingerprint images, sometimes when a person submits their prints to the requesting party, they may be “rejected” or “unclassifiable” for a variety of reasons. If the fingerprints you obtained from South Sound 911 are rejected, you can visit our office during business hours and we will take your fingerprints once more, at no charge. Please bring documentation showing that your prints were rejected. We do not issue refunds for rejected fingerprints.
Very smooth or dry skin, or those with “worn down” fingertip ridges are more difficult to print. The best thing you can do to reduce the chances of having your fingerprints rejected is to moisturize. This will reduce dryness and help skin ridges heal. However, please refrain from using lotion the same day you are fingerprinted. (Lotion has great benefits with long-term use, but may leave a residue on fingertips which make the printing process more challenging.)
May I bring in my own fingerprint card or one provided to me by another agency?
No. South Sound 911 provides inkless (scanned) fingerprints that prints directly onto an FBI FD-258 fingerprint card. We are unable to print onto other fingerprint cards.
Can your office provide ink fingerprints?
No. South Sound 911 provides inkless (digitally scanned) fingerprints only. If you require black ink fingerprints, you will need to contact a private business which provides fingerprinting services.
Alternatively, you may also visit the Washington State Patrol office in Olympia (3000 Pacific Ave., Suite 202; Olympia, WA 98501). We recommend that you call their office at 360-534-2000 to verify current services, pricing, hours, and procedures/policies. As of this writing, their office can provide ink or digital fingerprints.
Will you send/email my fingerprints to the state/federal/other agency that is requesting them?
In most instances – no. Your fingerprints will be provided to you; it will be your responsibility to submit the fingerprint card(s) to the requesting agency or business.
South Sound 911 only electronically transmits fingerprints for original concealed pistol license (CPL) applicants, for local criminal history inspections needed for South Sound 911/Pierce County employment, and for certain licenses referred from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office (taxi, entertainers, peddlers, etc.).