If you need fingerprinting for a specific application or situation, you can get fingerprinted by the New York Police Department, for a fee. First, make sure you understand the requirements you must meet.

Then, you must schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted. Only individuals with appointments may visit One Police Plaza.

Appointments can be scheduled online. Schedule an appointment.

Make sure to bring required documentation and payment to your appointment.

Learn about getting non-criminal fingerprinting.

Required Documentation

Documents must be original. No document photocopies, pictures of documents or laminated documents will be accepted. All documents must be intact. 

Bring one of the following:

  • Valid driver's license with photo;
  • DMV photo identification card (issued in the US);
  • IDNYC (New York City identification card);
  • Valid Passport;
  • Alien Registration Card;
  • Employment Authorization card; or
  • Certificate of Naturalization.


The first fingerprint card costs $25, and each additional card costs $1.

You can pay by check or money order made out to the New York Police Department. Major credit cards are also accepted at One Police Plaza.

If you want to work at child care, home care, or family care facilities, including those entities that are under contract with the City of New York, you must first be fingerprinted.

You must be screened for criminal convictions and/or pending criminal actions. All prospective hires must have their fingerprints checked against New York State and Federal criminal records databases. Notifications of arrests in New York State are provided on an ongoing basis for all active employees.


Fingerprinting for child care staff is conducted on behalf of DOI/DOHMH at IdentoGO centers (operated by IDEMIA). IdentoGO centers are located throughout the five boroughs as well as outside New York City. 

Applicants must schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted at IdentoGO. Walk-in service is not available. 

Specific location information and service hours are available online. 

Visit the IdentoGO website.

Required Documents

You must bring:

  • Fully completed application, which must be obtained from your employer or program.
    • The application must have your original signature along with the Permit number of the organization for which you will be working.
  • Photo identification from the following list:
    • Driver's license or non-driver ID
    • Student ID
    • Naturalization or Green Card
    • U.S. Passport
    • Public assistance card
    • Other Government-issued ID
  • Processing fee

Processing Fee

The processing fee is $101.75. 

The fee can be paid for by:

  • Credit card (MasterCard, American Express, VISA or Discover). If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a fee of 2% of the payment.
  • Postal Money Order from the U.S. Post Office, made payable to IdentoGo. Other types of money orders will not be accepted.


Fingerprint results will not be sent to the child care program. You and your employer will receive a letter notifying you if you can work once your fingerprint and all other Comprehensive Background Check requirements are met.

If you need more assistance, send an email to childcareinfo@health.nyc.gov.

New York State law requires fingerprinting of all providers, assistants, and household members over the age of 18 in home-based day care and all staff and volunteers in after-school child care as part of the license application process.

Fingerprinting is provided by appointment. You can find instructions for making an appointment in the "Request for NYS Fingerprinting Services Info Form" (Form OCFS-4930) in the New York State Day Care License Application booklet.

Download the OCFS-4390 form.

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