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.

The Department of Investigation (DOI) Fingerprint Unit fingerprints individuals who work at child care, home care, and family care facilities, including those entities that are under contract with the City of New York.

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 is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at

Department of Investigation
83 Maiden Lane, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10038 

You can request an appointment online or by phone.


Learn more and request a DOI fingerprinting appointment.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

Required Documents

You must bring:

  • Fully completed application, which must be obtained from your employer or program.
  • 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 $123.75 and can be paid for by credit card, (MasterCard, American Express, VISA or Discover). The fee can also be paid for by Postal Money Order from the U.S. Post Office made payable to the New York City Department of Investigation (other types of money orders will not be accepted). If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a fee of 2% of the payment.

Signature and Permit or Fiscal Number

You must submit your application with your original signature, as well as the Permit or Fiscal number of the organization for which you will be working.


Fingerprint results are sent to the Director of the Day Care Center where the applicant will be employed and are copied to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

If you were fingerprinted prior to January 1, 1999, you will need to be fingerprinted again. You need to schedule an appointment and pay a $122.50 fingerprint processing fee.

If you were previously fingerprinted by DOI and require a copy of the results be sent to a new employer, you may request a copy by phone.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

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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