Fingerprinting services are offered by appointment-only at South Sound 911’s public counter. 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.
In most instances, South Sound 911 cannot send fingerprints 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 new/original concealed pistol license (CPL) applicants (appointments are scheduled via the online application process), 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.).
At your appointment, please remember to…
- Bring valid photo identification
- Wear a mask, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status
Appointments are in high demand; if you are a no-show or are late, your appointment may need to be rescheduled for a later date.
Need to reschedule an existing appointment? Login online to reschedule your fingerprint appointment. You will need your order number, the email address you provided for the application, and password. (Use the password reset function if you do not know or remember your password.)
- First fingerprint card – $10 (each additional card – $3)
- Pierce County business license applicants – $44.25
Fingerprint appointments scheduled online will incur a non-refundable $4 convenience fee and a credit card processing fee ($.30 + 2.9% of the total).
Frequently Asked Questions
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 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.
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.
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.).