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City residents may occasionally need to be fingerprinted in order to apply for a government job or as part of obtaining a federal security clearance. As a public service, the Police Department offers this service to City residents and persons who work in the City of Fairfax.

Some Fairfax, VA addresses are located in Fairfax County and some are located in the City of Fairfax. The County and City are separate jurisdictions, each with their own local government, fire and police departments and other services. To view a downloadable street map of the City of Fairfax boundaries, visit City Map Page and click on City Maps.

If you live in Fairfax County (including parts of Fairfax, Falls Church and Alexandria), you will need to contact the Fairfax County Central Records Office at 703.246.2272. Those who live in other jurisdictions should contact their local police department, sheriff’s office or the Virginia State Police to inquire about fingerprinting services.

Please note that due to changes in federal regulations, the Police Department cannot fingerprint persons for immigration purposes. Persons requiring fingerprinting for immigration purposes must call 202.514.2000 or 1.800.755.0777.


When can I be fingerprinted? Fingerprinting is by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled for Monday – Friday, between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Please call 703.385.7955 to schedule your appointment; messages left on voicemail regarding appointments or other questions will be returned as soon as possible.

What do I need to bring with me? Please bring a current form of government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. You will also need to bring payment (see below for details), as well as any fingerprint cards that have been provided by an employer. If you are bringing cards with you, please fill out the top of the card before your appointment.

Do I need to bring my own fingerprint cards? No, we are able to provide FD-258 fingerprint cards if needed. Please plan on spending an extra 5-10 minutes after arrival to fill out the top of the card.

How much does fingerprinting cost? The fee is $10.00 for the first card and $5.00 for each additional card that is printed. The fee must be paid by cash or check; exact change is appreciated. Please note that debit and credit cards are NOT accepted at this time, and there is no ATM on site.

Where do I go? The fingerprinting station is located inside the City of Fairfax Police Department at 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030. Please let a lobby volunteer or staff member in the Dispatch or Records windows know that you are arriving for your fingerprint appointment; fingerprint staff will be with you shortly.