How to Start a Fingerprinting Business


People need fingerprinting for a variety of reasons. Submitting fingerprints is an integral part of any criminal history or background check. Many licenses require both. Employers are increasingly likely to require such checks for new hires, especially in industries that are vulnerable to crime like banking and child care. Somebody needs to provide these services, which means somebody like you can build a business fingerprinting people.

Setting Up

  • Check with your state to find out what is required to take and record fingerprints. In most states, you need to take a technical training course and become a registered notary public. Both require a few hours and a little bit of money.

  • Complete all required education and licensing. Also find out if your state requires any continuing education or training to maintain your license from year to year.

  • Get liability insurance. Fingerprinting is up-close work, and you run the risk of a sexual harassment suit. Also consider errors and omissions insurance, as somebody wrongfully denied a job because of your mistake can come after you.

  • Get a fingerprint kit. There are some high-tech options available, but they are often quite expensive. A simple ink outfit is reasonably priced and perfectly acceptable.

Setting Out

  • Talk to everybody you know personally. This means family, former co-workers, people you buy things from, friends--everybody. Give them your new business card and ask them to mention you to everybody they know. As they or people they meet need fingerprinting, some of them will come to you.

  • Call businesses that include fingerprinting in their hiring process. Don't spend much time on the largest banks and government agencies. These often have somebody in-house. Shoot for smaller businesses, such as child care centers, moving companies and car lots.

  • Get in the habit of calling your contacts once a month just to check in. It's said that you need to contact a potential customer seven times for each initial sale.

Tips & Warnings

  • Running a basic background check often goes hand in hand with fingerprinting and is often requested by the same client. Consider setting yourself up to run background checks as well as fingerprints.

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  • Courtney Rogers; Licensed Private Investigator; Tigard, Oregon
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