The Atwater Police Department provides applicant fingerprinting services by the Records Bureau.
The fee for inked fingerprint service is $57.00 rolling fee per card. Acceptable payment is by cash or credit/debit card.
A valid photo ID such as a driver license, California ID card, or passport is required.
The Atwater Police Department will process your inked fingerprint cards or live scan between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Life Scan Finger printing?
Live Scan is a computer based device that reads the patterns directly from the subject’s fingers eliminating the need to take inked fingerprints on a card. Instead, the fingers are rolled or pressed onto a glass plate. The image is then transmitted to the California Department of Justice along with information entered from the Request for Live Scan Service form provided to the applicant by the agency asking them to be fingerprinted. The Department of Justice then sends a response directly to that agency within 7 working days providing a much faster response as opposed to the inked fingerprint cards. Further information on Live Scan fingerprinting and how to become a Live Scan applicant agency can be obtained at the California Department of Justice web site at

What is the fee for fingerprinting?
The fee for inked fingerprint cards is $51.00 rolling fee per card.

What is the fee for Life Scan?
The fee for the Life Scan varies according to the type of scan needed i.e. license, permit or employment.

What documentation is required at the time of my fingerprinting appointment?
A valid photo ID that has your photo and signature is required for any type of applicant fingerprinting (i.e. valid driver license, California ID card, passport or military ID).
If the agency requesting you to be fingerprinted provides you with an inked fingerprint card be sure to bring that with you. It must be completed in black ink and signed in front of the person fingerprinting you so it’s best to the form here.
Be sure to bring with you the fingerprint cards provided to you by the requesting establishment.

How long does it take to be fingerprinted?
The fingerprinting process usually takes a minimum of 30 minutes to complete. Sometimes it may take longer so please plan accordingly.

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