Notice to the Community (updated 4-1-2022)

Should you need fingerprints call 360-778-8800 for further instructions and information on scheduling an appointment.

Note – you will be required to wear a mask while being fingerprinted.

Until further notice, BPD fingerprinting services will be limited to the following services:

  • Concealed Pistol License new applications and renewals
  • Federal Firearms Dealer applications
  • Firearms employee background check

The information below are the fingerprinting instructions for when the lobby of the police department opens fully, without restrictions due to Covid or lack staffing.

​​The Bellingham P​olice Department provides fingerprinting services for most purposes, except immigration.

Services Available to Certain Individuals Only

Fingerprint services will only be provided for citizens who reside within the city limits of Bellingham (jurisdiction of Bellingham Police) and can provide proof of their residence with either a driver’s license, identification card, or government issued identification. Residency exceptions will be made for clients who require fingerprints as an applicant or employee for the Bellingham School District or as an applicant for a City of Bellingham business license or regulatory license.

Hours for Fingerprinting – First Come, First Serve – No Appointments can be made​

  • ​Tuesday’s from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Thursday’s from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • No services available on any holiday, or special police circumstances
  • $10 dollars for first card; $3 for each additional card (prices are per person)
  • Payment accepted in the form of cash, local check, and Visa/MasterCard


  • Please ensure that you have read and understand your instructions completely, prior to getting your fingerprints
  • Our staff cannot interpret your instructions for you
  • Please have your fingerprint card(s) filled out completely before standing in line. You may use the examples attached to the clipboards inside the lobby to assist you in completing your card(s)
  • Use black ink pen only to complete your fingerprint card(s)
  • Do not sign the fingerprint card(s) until you are printed and the technician advises you to sign the card(s)
  • Have your payment and current identification ready


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We are adjusting some City operations due to the current COVID-19 surge, prioritizing essential services and the safety of employees and the public.