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How to arrange having your fingerprints taken.

The Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) offers a fingerprinting service.

The service is available for anyone requiring fingerprints to be taken for the following reasons:

  • Applying for visas for emigration, temporary stays or work permits in non-EU countries.
  • Applying for overseas clearance in order to take up certain forms of employment in the UK.
  • Renewing of passports, for South Africa and other states requiring fingerprints for the purpose.
  • Other circumstances at the discretion of the Unit.

Applicants need to produce a valid passport. This must be the original document and is the only acceptable form of identification. The fee for the service is £77.70 for the first set and £38.80 for each additional set and must be paid by cash.

The service is available by appointment only between the following times (excluding bank holidays): Monday to Friday: 8am - 3pm.

To make an appointment please contact a member of the FISU Technical Support Team by calling 01273 404384/404380, or out of the hours stated above, emailing



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Please note fingerprints for these purposes can only be taken by FISU staff. Under no circumstances can they be taken by non-FISU staff at any other location. For any further information please contact the Forensic Identification Services Unit on the above number.