Certain organisations, both in the UK and abroad, may ask you to provide your fingerprints for security purposes.

Find out which organisations and in which circumstances we can help.

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I need to provide my fingerprints to work for a company that trades overseas

Thank you. To contact us at any time for an appointment, please complete our quick and simple online form. Click 'start' below to begin.

Average completion time: two minutes

Where you can go for fingerprints

You can make an appointment to go to one of these police stations:

Basildon Police Station
Great Oaks
SS14 1EJ

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Chelmsford Police Station
New Street

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Clacton Police Station
8 Beatrice Road
CO15 1ET

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Colchester Police Station
10 Southway

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Great Dunmow Police Station
Chelmsford Road
Great Dunmow

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Grays Police Station
Brooke Road
RM17 5BX

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Harlow Police Station
The High
CM20 1HG

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Southend Police Station
Victoria Avenue

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Appointment times 

Once you've submitted your form we'll contact you to arrange an appointment.

Bookings are strictly by appointment only.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring with you:

  • a valid passport, or
  • a full photo driving licence
  • proof of address (eg recent (within three months) bank statement, council tax bill, utility bill – but not a mobile phone bill)

If your passport is being held by the Home Office, we can accept a photocopy of your passport ID page together with an officially stamped letter. You can also request for your passport to be released from the Home Office for 24 hours.

We usually provide the fingerprint forms you need, however certain countries may require their own specific forms. If you need clearance for:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • US

You may need to get these forms before your visit and give them to the Fingerprints Office.

Women wanting clearance for Iran must provide photographs that show:

  • their head covered
  • their face uncovered
  • no smiling

Iranian authorities won’t accept anything else.


How much does it cost?

One set of fingerprints: £97.92 (£81.60 plus £16.32 VAT)
Each additional set: £48.96 (£40.80 plus £8.16 VAT) 

Please note: some fingerprint fees are subject to VAT, except certain HMRC exemptions. The exempted countries are:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Canada
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Nigeria
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • United Arab Emirates and Qatar
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia

Please pay in cash (exact amount) at a front counter in a local police station.