FINGERPRINT INFORMATION

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office offers Fingerprinting for the public.  This includes fingerprinting for all types of employment background/licensures (i.e. health care, education, banking/finance, insurance, safety and security, child care, elderly care, etc.), foster care, adoption, international travel; or for basically any other purpose.

The Sheriff's Office also does fingerprinting for Concealed Weapons Permits. 
Information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Justice Conceal Carry website.

Fingerprinting is normally completed via digital technology (Live Scan) using our fingerprint cards; however, ink prints can be rolled on cards provided by you if specifically requested, however the quality of those fingerprints are not guaranteed. 

Hands/fingerpads must be clean and free of any dye, henna, oil, open wounds, bandages, other injuries, and/or sutures.

 What are the Hours of Operation?

                 Monday thru Thursday – 9:00am to 3:00pm - it takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete  
                                                         the fingerprint process so please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to 3:00pm.
                 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday's - Closed

Any questions please call 715-839-7204

How long does it take?

No appointments are accepted or required.  The fingerprinting process normally only takes about 15-20 minutes, but your wait could be longer depending on the number of individuals waiting to be printed. It is generally less busy for people to come in for applicant/public fingerprints after 12:00pm. We recommend for applicant/public fingerprints if at all possible to come in at or after 12:00pm.

 How much does it cost?

The cost for public fingerprinting is $28.00 per person for a set of prints (2 cards).  We accept cash in the exact amount, credit cards (add $1.00 convenience fee) or checks payable to Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office.    An  ATM is available in the Sheriff's Office lobby.  

Where to pay for fingerprint?

Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office
Law Enforcement Center - 1st floor of the courthouse
721 Oxford Ave.
 Eau Claire, WI   54703

 After you pay for the public fingerprint you will be given a receipt which you will provide to the officer at the:

 Eau Claire County Courthouse - Fingerprint/DNA Office
  Room 2521 - 2nd floor of the courthouse (by the District Attorney's Office)

 What do I need to bring with me?

To confirm your identity, we need a valid driver's license with photo, valid state issued photo identification card, valid passport, or valid military photo identification.

Tips for better prints:

We recommend using a good hand lotion for a week or more prior to printing, especially if your skin tends to be dry. 

Extremely long or curved fingernails may prevent the fingers from properly contacting the printing surface of Live Scan and may need trimming. 

Try to avoid wearing large rings on fingers as they can damage the printing surface of the Live Scan.

Open sores, bandaged or injured fingers – prints will need to be taken after the injured or bandaged finger(s) have healed.

FAQ

When using the Live Scan machine, can you print my fingerprints on the cards that I was sent?
NO, the fingerprint cards that were sent to you will not fit into our Live Scan printer.  We will provide you with two cards/sets of fingerprints printed on our own cards.  If you were provided with cards, you may consider attaching the cards we give you along with the cards you were provided.  Follow the instructions you have from the employer or entity you are dealing with.

My instructions that came with the cards say that they are required to be "Inked" fingerprints.  Will I get a set of "Inked" fingerprints?
YES, if need be, our staff can roll ink prints on the cards provided to you, however the quality of those fingerprints cannot be guaranteed.

Can the Sheriff's Office e-mail or electronically forward the fingerprints to the company/agency that I am applying to?
NO, we cannot e-mail or electronically forward your fingerprints.  You will be given 2 hard copies of your prints.  You will be responsible for forwarding the cards to the appropriate employer/agency.

Can I get more than two copies of my fingerprint cards?
YES, if you pay an additional $28, you can receive an additional two fingerprint cards/sets of your fingerprints.

I was notified that my fingerprint cards that I was given by the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office were rejected, what do I now do?
Please bring in the original receipt and the letter indicating that the prints were rejected to the Fingerprint/DNA room.  If the fingerprints were originally obtained via Live Scan, the fingerprint room staff will redo the process and provide you with two new cards/sets of fingerprints free of charge.  Inked fingerprint cards which are rejected are not guaranteed, and therefore an additional fee of $28.00 will be required to have another set (2 cards) of ink or Live  Scan fingerprints rolled.

CRIMINAL FINGERPRINT INFORMATION

Please follow the directions offered to you by the arresting officer/court.

A copy of the Criminal Complaint for your case will be required to complete the criminal fingerprinting process.  A copy of the Criminal Complaint for your case can be obtained at the Eau Claire County District Attorney's Office located just down the hall from the Fingerprint/DNA Office.

To confirm your identify,  you will need to offer a valid driver's license with photo, valid state issued photo identification card, valid passport, or valid military photo identification, to complete the criminal fingerprint process.

Each time a defendant is charged with a new crime(s), a new set of fingerprints must be obtained.

POST CRIMINAL CONVICTION/INTERSTATE COMPACT DNA SWAB INFORMATION

Only Post Criminal Conviction DNA/Interstate Compact DNA swabs are done at the Eau Claire County Courthouse located at: 

DNA/Fingerprint Room
721 Oxford Ave, Room 2521
Eau Claire, WI   54703

What are the Hours of Operation?

                Monday thru Thursday – 9:00am to 3:00pm - it takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete  
                                                             the process so please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to 3:00pm.

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday's - Closed

No appointments are accepted or required.  Any questions please call 715-839-7204

What do I need to bring with me?

1.  To confirm your identity, we need a valid driver's license with photo, valid state issued photo    
      identification cards, valid passport, or valid military photo identification.

2.  All paperwork (half sheet of salmon colored paper) provided by the Court indicating that DNA is to be
     taken.  If you lost your paperwork contact the District Attorney's Office or clerk of Courts Office
     for another copy.

3.  If your Probation Agent directed you to report to provide a DNA sample, a "Face Sheet" is required for
     having your DNA taken.  If you lost the "Face Sheet", contact your Probation Agency for another copy. 
     "Face Sheets" cannot be faxed or e-mailed to the DNA/Fingerprint room by your Probation Agent.

4.  Please rid your mouth of foreign objects (gum, tobacco, etc.) prior to responding to the office for a DNA
     sample submission.