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Public Fingerprinting

How can I get my Fingerprints Taken?

Who can be fingerprinted?

  • We fingerprint for non-criminal purposes such as adoptions, job applications, identification, immigration, licensing, and so on. As fingerprinting is a requirement for an initial MN teaching license per MN Statute 122A.18, subd 8. The applicant provides the fingerprint card(s) from the State Department of Education. Applicants from Wisconsin for a WI teaching license also provide their own fingerprint card(s).

What are the hours?

  • An appointment is necessary. Call 218-726-2008 to make an appointment. Please be prompt for your appointment. Should you need to leave a voice message, please remember to leave your name and phone number so that staff may call you to set up an appointment.

How much does it cost?

  • The cost for public fingerprinting is $20.00 per person for a set of prints. We accept exact cash or check only. No debit/credit cards are accepted.  If you are paying by check, the check is made payable to "St. Louis County Sheriff's Office" and a receipt is provided. Appointments are necessary.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • To confirm your identity we need a valid driver's license with photo, valid state issued photo identification card, valid passport, or valid military photo identification.
  • The required blank fingerprint card(s). If you were not given a blank card(s), we can provide a basic fingerprint card. DO NOT FILL OUT OR SIGN the fingerprint card before you arrive. This will be done during the fingerprinting process and your signature must be witnessed by us.

How long does it take?

  • The fingerprinting process normally only takes about 10-15 minutes, per person. There is sometimes a delay due to unforeseen events. We do our best to keep your wait time to a minimum and will attempt to keep you informed of how long the wait might be. Fingerprinting is digital (inkless).

Tips for better prints:

  • We recommend using a good hand lotion for a week or more prior to printing, especially if your skin tends to be dry.

Can I wear long fingernails and rings?

  • Extremely long or curved fingernails may prevent the fingers from properly contacting the printing surface of Live Scan and may need trimming. No rings on fingers, they can damage the printing surface of the Live Scan.

What if I have bandaged or injured fingers?

  • You may need to reschedule your appointment until the injured or bandaged finger can be fingerprinted.

Where do I go?

  • St. Louis County Sheriff's Office located in the Duluth Courthouse, Room 103, 100 N 5th Avenue West, Duluth, MN 55802.

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