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Fingerprinting Services

I need fingerprints taken for...

an overseas police clearance check
a certificate of good conduct for employment
residency or adoption procedures
proof of identity to claim overseas pensions
an ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) check
passport renewal or validation
data barring
biometric residence permit

We are unable to sign any forms in a Commissioner of Oath capacity.  You will need to make your own arrangements with a solicitor for this requirement.

USA, Canada, Japan and some other countries require their own specific fingerprint forms, or additional forms. You will need to bring them all with you.

Booking a fingerprint appointment

Appointment times

Appointment times are Monday to Thursday, between 9am and 12.00pm (subject to availability).


  • Fees range from £79.70 to £95.64 per set and will be confirmed when you submit an appointment request
  • There will be no reduction in cost for a single digit 
  • Payment by debit or credit card will be required at the time of booking

Make sure you book all the sets of fingerprints you require.

Cancellation of appointment

If you are unable to attend your appointment please inform us as soon as possible, using the contact details provided when your appointment was confirmed. We are happy to rearrange appointments if necessary subject to availability.

If the appointment is no longer required or you are unexpectedly unable to attend, a refund process can be requested but a minimum administrative fee of £5 will be retained.

After 14 days of the missed appointment, you will not be able to request a refund.

Documents required

You need to bring photo identification with you in order to use the service (photocopies will not be accepted). You can bring either:

  • current passport; or
  • photo card driving licence

Request and pay for an appointment

Appointments with Fingerprinting Services take place at Police & Fire Headquarters in Portishead.

Other police forces which offer this service and may be more convenient to you, include:

Getting here

Police & Fire Headquarters
Valley Road
Bristol BS20 8QJ

(For satellite navigation devices use: BS20 8JJ)

Map to force headquarters

Security information

Bags other than handbags are not permitted to be carried on site.