Fingerprint/DNA Room

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The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office offers Fingerprinting for the public.  This includes fingerprinting for jobs, foster care, adoption, emergency medical service employment, daycare employment, or for 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 done electronically (via Live Scan).  Hands must be clean and free of any dye, henna, oil, etc.

 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 - Closed

Any questions please call 715-839-7204

How long does it take?

No appointment is necessary but 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 fingerprints after 12:00pm. We recommend for applicant fingerprints if at all possible to come in at 12:00pm.

 How much does it cost?

The cost for public fingerprinting is $28.00 per person for a set of prints.  We accept cash in the exact amount or checks payable to Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office.    No debit/credit cards are accepted, ATM is available in the lobby.  Report to the:   Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office
                                    Law Enforcement Center - 1st floor of the courthouse
                                    721 Oxford Ave.
                                    Eau Claire, WI   54703

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

  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 you 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. 

No rings on fingers, they can damage the printing surface of the Live Scan.

Bandaged or injured fingers – prints will need to be taken after the injured or bandaged finger can be printed. 


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 printer.  We will provide you with two cards/sets of fingerprints.  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?
NO, our staff cannot provide you with "Inked" fingerprint cards.

Can you e-mail or electronically forward the fingerprints to the company that I am apply to?
NO, we cannot e-mail or electronically forward your fingerprints.

Can I get more than two copies of my fingerprint cards?
YES, if you pay an additional $28, you can receive an additional 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 was rejected, what do I now do?
Please bring in the original receipt and the letter indicating that they were rejected to the Fingerprint/DNA room the staff will redo the process and provide you with two new cards/sets of fingerprints.


DNA swabs are done at the Eau Claire County Courthouse located at:   721 Oxford Ave, Room 2521
                                                                                                                   Eau Claire, WI   54703

You are required to have:

Photo ID

Paperwork indicating that DNA is to be taken.  If you lost your paperwork contact the District Attorney's Office for another copy.

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

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 - Closed

We don't take appointments but it is generally less busy for 12:00pm.