Applicant Fingerprinting:
The Shelburne Police Department provides Applicant Fingerprinting for individuals or employers that require fingerprint-supported background checks. We utilize a Live Scan System that submits your fingerprints to the Tri-State AFIS and FBI IAFIS databases. With the Live Scan System, we can determine the fingerprint quality and preview these images in real time. No more messy ink!
We perform fingerprint service by appointment.  Please call (802) 985-8051 to schedule your fingerprint appointment.
Fingerprinting is scheduled by appointment only.
Fingerprinting Fee:
There is a $25.00 charge for one card and $5.00 for each additional card.  We accept cash, check, or online payment.
Town Office Complex
Shelburne Police Department
5420 Shelburne Rd
Suite 100 (Ground Floor)
Shelburne, VT
What to Expect:
Many times during the year, we become extremely busy providing Fingerprinting Services. Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule a fingerprint appointment; time slots can fill quickly.

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 must have two (2) forms of Identification:

    • Primary identification – Valid Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID, or Permanent Resident ID.
    • Secondary identification – Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Credit Card, etc.


The fingerprinting fee is $25.00 for the first card and $5 for each additional card.  We accept cash, check, or online payment.

Fingerprint Cards:
If the agency/business requesting the fingerprint-supported background check has provided you with or accepts the standard FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card (FD-258):
  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. If a card was not provided, we could provide you with the standard FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card (FD-258).
  5. Schedule your appointment by calling the number listed above.
  6. Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Fingerprint Authorization Certificate:
If the agency/business has or will provide you with a Fingerprint Authorization Certificate:
  1. The requesting agency/business must sign the Fingerprint Authorization Certificate.
  2. You must have the Fingerprint Authorization Certificate before scheduling an appointment with us.
  3. Schedule your appointment by calling the number listed above.
  4. Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment

Tips for good Fingerprints:

Examine your fingers before calling. Obtaining an acceptable set of fingerprints will be difficult if they are badly chapped, cracked, dry, lacerated, or injured.  Fingers are also difficult to print when the ridges have been worn away due to extensive contact with rough materials, chemicals, or paper.
If any of these conditions describe your fingers, you should apply hand cream several times daily to your skin for at least a week before 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 your 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.
While being fingerprinted, 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 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 than 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 retaken. There is no additional charge for reprinting, provided that we took your fingerprints within the previous ninety (90) days.