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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

Request an appointment. Appointments which have been instructed by ACRO will not incur a charge. However you will need to bring the supporting ACROS paperwork to verify the 'no fee' option.

passport renewal or validation
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 12pm (subject to availability).


  • fees range from £79.70 to £95.64 and will be confirmed prior to your appointment
  • there will be no reduction in cost for a single digit
  • payment can be made by cash only and a receipt will be given

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 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.