Fingerprinting

Applicant Fingerprinting
The Shelburne Police Department provides Applicant Fingerprinting for individuals or employers that requiring fingerprint supported background checks. We utilizes the Cross Match Technologies ID-500 10-Print Live Scan System. The system allows for us to swipe most Drivers License to obtain the required demographic data for faster processing times. The ID-500 automatically senses finger placement and captures digital fingerprint images. With the Live Scan Software we are able to determine the fingerprint quality and preview these images in real time. No more messy ink!

Hours 
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.excluding holidays. 
We do not make appointments, but recommend that you call the non-emergency number 802-985-8051 prior to coming in to verify that a Fingerprint Technician is available. 

Fees
There is a $25.00 charge for one card and $5.00 for each additional card.  Payment is by cash or check.  We are unable to process credit/debit cards.  You must also have two forms of identification, one being a photo license and another document with your signature on it.
 
More Information
Special appointments outside our normal hours are based on the availability of a Fingerprint Technician.

Location 
Town Office Complex
Shelburne Police Department
Suite 100 (ground floor)
5420 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VT 
 
 
 

What to Expect 
At many times during the year we become extremely busy providing Fingerprinting Services. Please call ahead to verify a Fingerprint Technician is available or to find out if we have a lengthy wait time on that day. 
 
First and foremost we are a Law Enforcement Agency. Emergency Calls will cause delays in our Fingerprinting Services. You should bring some reading material, just in case. 
 
Leave your children and infants at home. We do not have the staff to supervise your children while you are being fingerprinted. You will be refused service if you arrive with children or infants. 
 
If the agency conducting the background check has provided you with an Applicant Fingerprint Cards: 
 
1.   Do not fill-out or write on the Applicant Fingerprint Card. Our Live Scan System will print all required demographic              information  on the Fingerprint Card. 

2. Do not fold, staple, or spindle the Applicant Fingerprint Card. 

3.  Protect the card from moisture and dirt by placing it in a suitable sized manila envelope. 

4.  We can only print on the standard Applicant Fingerprint Card (FD-258). 
 
If the agency conducting the background check has not provided you will an Applicant Fingerprint Card: 
 
1.  You will be asked to complete a Fingerprint Receipt Form when you arrive. 
When you arrive at the Shelburne Police Department, you will be required to show at least two (2) forms of identification. One (1) of the identifications must be a current government issued photo ID. There is no exception to the photo ID requirement. 

Acceptable Forms of Identification
In order to ensure the integrity of the background check program it is essential that applicants be correctly identified as part of the process. Applicants are required to show two (2) forms of valid identification according to the lists below as a prerequisite for fingerprinting. The Fingerprint Technician will verify the identity of the applicant by evaluating the forms of identification provided by the applicant. The Fingerprint Technician will refuse to fingerprint any applicant if there are questions as to the true identity of the applicant. 

Identification Form Lists 
Applicants must show 2 forms of valid identification from the primary list below, in either of the following combinations:
 
One (1) form of identification from the Primary List and one (1) from of identification from the Secondary List below.
Note: Two (2) forms of identification from the Secondary List are NOT acceptable. 

Primary Lists
Valid Driver's License issued by a state or possession of the United States, provided it contains a photograph and other identification information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, or address. 

Valid Non-Driver's ID License issued by a state or possession of the United States, provided it contains a photograph and other identification information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, or address. 
 
Valid Government ID Card issued by a municipality, county, state or possession of the United States including the federal government of the United States and the federal government of Canada, provided it contains a photograph and other identification information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, or address. 
 
 Secondary List
 
1.  Valid Passport.

 2.  Valid Credit Card with signature. 

3.  Valid Student ID issued by a school located in a state or possession of the United States provided it bears the name and signature of the applicant. 

4.  Valid document or card which contains the applicant's name and signature and is satisfactory to the Fingerprint Technician. 

5.  If you have any open cuts or wounds on your fingers the Fingerprint Technician will not be able to fingerprint you due to the chance of infection from contact with the equipment. Getting a set of fingerprints of sufficient quality for the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Criminal Justice Information Service Division (FBI-CJIS) to process can be difficult. The ridges from all ten fingers must be recorded clearly. Additional sets of fingerprints may have to be taken if the Fingerprint Technician is having trouble getting a clear set of you prints. If the ridges on you hands are badly damaged the technician may be unable to take a suitable set of prints during your visit. The technician may direct you to return in two (2) weeks after following a treatment program designed to build up the ridge detail on your fingers. 

6. There is a $25.00 fee which is payable at the time of service. There is no additional fee if more than one set of fingerprints must be taken in order to get a set of sufficient quality to send to the FBI-CJIS. 

7. If the agency conducting the background check provides you with Applicant Fingerprint Cards, promptly take the completed cards to them. 

        Do not fold, staple, or spindle the Applicant Fingerprint Card. 
       Protect the card from moisture and dirt by placing it in a suitable sized manila envelope. 

8.  If the agency conducting the background check did not provide you with Fingerprint Cards, we will automatically transfer the cards to the Vermont Crime Information Center for processing to the FBI-CJIS. Instead of a fingerprint card you will be given a Fingerprint Receipt. Promptly take the completed Fingerprint Receipt to the agency that is conducting your background check.

Tips for good Fingerprints:  
Examine your fingers prior to calling. If they are badly chapped, cracked, dry, lacerated, or injured it will be difficult to obtain an acceptable set of fingerprints. Fingers where the ridges have been worn away due to extensive contact with rough materials, water, chemicals or paper are also difficult to print. If any of these conditions describe your fingers, you should apply hand cream several times a day to your skin for at least a week prior to your visit. These strategies will build the ridges on your fingers and increase the probability that a quality set of prints will be taken during you first visit. 

Cut your fingernails. Long nails (real or artificial) make it difficult for the Fingerprint Technician to control your fingers during the rolling process. When fingers slip they smudge the fingerprint rendering the image useless. 

Be relaxed. If you are tense, it will be difficult for the Fingerprint Technician to roll your fingers smoothly across the fingerprint scanner surface. 

Don't try to help the Fingerprint Technician. Let the technician guide your fingers. 

Don't try press down on the scan surface. The Fingerprint Technician will apply the needed pressure to obtain a quality fingerprint.
 
Rejected Fingerprints  
It is our goal to obtain high quality prints during your first visit. However, in some cases, despite the best efforts of our Fingerprint Technicians, your fingerprints may be rejected by the Vermont Crime Information Center or the FBI-CJIS. Rejected fingerprints occur less then 10% of the time when taken on our Live Scan System. If this happens to you, the fingerprints will be returned and you will need to return to have them taken again. There is no charge for reprinting provided that we took your fingerprints within the previous ninety (90) days.