Where can I obtain inked fingerprints in Honolulu?
In Honolulu, inked, rolled fingerprints on employer/agency-provided cards are done only by employers, directly, OR private companies that offer fingerprinting services.
The Honolulu Police Department does not do fingerprinting for private citizens. They will generally refer to the Criminal Justice Data Center.
The Criminal Justice Data Center (part of othe Attorney General's Office) offers only "digital" fingerprinting to the public and requires appointments which, generally, are made up to a month or more in advance. The digital system provided by the CJDC takes the prints digitally and then they are printed out onto a card-like form and given to you. Most mainland agencies requesting fingerprinting will not accept this type of digital print so be sure to confirm with the agency requesting your print that they will accept prints done in this manner.
The other form of digital printing is called "live-scan."
You should bring two pieces of current identification, the fingerprint cards provided by the agency requesting the prints, and any instruction sheet provided to you concerning the fingerprinting.
You should NOT complete any portion of the card prior to arriving at your appointment.
Do I need to bring the cards?
The majority of the time, the employer/agency will provide cards that have specific information pre-printed on them. If you have not received cards you should call to confirm that you may proceed without waiting to receive cards from the employer/agency that is requesting the fingerprints from you.
If you are being asked to provide an FBI check, yourself, then you do not need to bring cards. Signing Hawaii, Inc., will provide the card for you and also has printed instructions from the FBI website concerning the requirements for obtaining a background check.
The cost will depend on the number of cards you are requesting.
First Card: $20.00
Each additional card:$15.00
Payment may be in cash, check or major credit card.
Please call for a quote if you require mobile service or are asking for a "quantity" discount.
How long will it take?
The AVERAGE time to complete one card is 15-20 minutes. Two cards take, on average, 30-45 minutes.
The exact amount of time it will take depends on the individual being fingerprinted and, on occasion, it may be particularly difficult to obtain clear, readable prints on an individual. This occurs for various reasons and it will require additional time to determine the cause and it may take as long as an hour or more to obtain readable prints in those instances.
Please schedule your appointment for a time when you have at least an hour of time to spend, if necessary.
What if my fingerprint cards are rejected by the FBI?
If your fingerprint cards are rejected by the FBI, Signing Hawaii will reprint you, at no cost to you.
Often the card is not returned to you but occasionally you will receive communication indicating which print or prints were unreadable. On rare occasions it is not possible to get classifiable prints on all fingers.
If technicians have ever had difficulty obtaining classifiable prints from you in the past, please be sure to let me know the first time I print you as there methods that can used to help insure success the first time.