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Fingerprints for Visa Applications

Fingerprints for Visa Applications

Members of the public requiring fingerprints for visa applications, police clearance or good conduct certificates from abroad, can make use of the service provided by Avon and Somerset Police.

The service is available at Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters. To access this service please visit the Avon and Somerset Police website and search ‘fingerprinting services’ for more details.

Initial enquiries can be made with a neighbouring Police Force (not Devon and Cornwall) to provide the service if they are geographically closer to you, but it is not guaranteed you will get an appointment that is convenient to you.


Fingerprints taken for certain countries are not subject to VAT. These countries insist that fingerprints are taken by a police force and therefore there is no private competition for this service.

When you have your prints taken please let the officer know where you are visiting so that they can charge you correctly.

One set = £81.10
Additional sets thereafter (for the same person) = £40.50 (each)

All other Countries: (subject to VAT currently 20%)
One set = £97.32
Additional sets thereafter (for the same person) - £48.66 (each)

Please note:

  • There will be no reduction in cost for a single digit. The nationally agreed charge will be applied on every occasion regardless of the reason for application.
  • Credit or debit card details for payment will be requested when making the booking.

Required documents

You are required to bring photographic identification with you in order to use the service - photocopies will not be accepted.

You can bring either:

  • a current passport or;
  • a photo-card driving licence

Please bring any documents or paperwork provided by the requesting country.

Applying for a Visa

When applying for a visa to live or work overseas, you may need checks carried out on the Police National Computer (PNC) and/or a copy of your fingerprints taken. The application process may vary depending on the country you are applying to. Please check the ACRO website for further information and access to any application forms that need completing.