Getting Fingerprinted

When where do I go to be fingerprinted?

Once you have filed your application, USCIS will send you a letter telling you where and when to have your fingerprints taken. In most cases, the letter will tell you to go to an Application Support Center.

What do I need to bring with me to the fingerprinting location?

When you go to be fingerprinted, bring with you the following:

  • Your notice letter from USCIS
  • Your Permanent Resident Card
  • A second form of identification (driver's license, state ID, or passport).

Your second form of identification should have your picture on it.

What does fingerprinting consist of?

Currently, all locations take fingerprints electronically. However, manual fingerprinting is available for applicants whose prints cannot be taken electronically.

What are my fingerprints used for?

In order to do a criminal background check, USCIS will send your fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In some cases, the FBI may reject your fingerprints because of the quality of the prints.

If the FBI rejects your fingerprints, USCIS will notify you and schedule a second visit to the fingerprinting site. You will not be asked to pay again.