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Getting Fingerprinted at the Hilo Police Station

I had to get fingerprinted for a job that I am trying to secure and the only place that I know of to get fingerprinted in East Hawaii was at the Hilo Police Department.

Well, there are other places to get fingerprinted… Workforce Development – however, you have to be referred by one of their clients to get them done there.

I had my two fingerprint cards with me and I knew already that I was going to have to get my fingerprints taken manually.

When I was talking to the lady about how I was in a rush to get these Federal Expressed off to the mainland and how I didn’t understand why the government doesn’t invest more in electronic fingerprints… she  pointed me to their electronic fingerprint machine in their office and said they did have one… BUT IT DOESN’T WORK.

So needless to say, I spent about a half an hour down there trying to make sure that I got a good set of manual prints taken.

Oh and by the way… they only take money orders or cashiers checks and it’s $15.00 per card.  When I asked if they would take a debit card or personal check, they said no.

So make sure before you even try and get your fingerprints taken there… that you have a cashiers check or money order in your hand… NO CASH!

3 Responses

  1. it’s still the same procedure, but now (2017) the cost is $25 per card.

  2. Wait for whomever you sent them to return them as “REJECTED” as unreadable.

    Went thru this mess several years ago for California State Contractors Board. Either I could go to California and have it done electronically, or get them done conventionally at the police station.

    After 3 attempts, I flew to Los Angeles and had them done electronically.

    • I’m actually federally certified to take fingerprints and this year alone I have probably taken over 50 prints manually from my work I have been doing over the last 18 months.

      It is a tedious task to get a good print from someone who even resists a bit. I didn’t resist, I just have this problematic pinky finger that just always seems to smudge making me have to do that finger over and over!

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