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COVID-19-Informed Fingerprint Procedures

Our normal fingerprinting procedures have been amended to account for the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Please read the following information carefully.

COVID-19 Screening

Without appropriate screening and personal protective measures, a fingerprinting appointment was considered a high risk activity due to the close indoor proximity between the public and a staff member (involving physical contact during the actual fingerprinting). With PPE (personal protective equipment, provided at the time of the appointment) and vaccinations, this service is now considered a low risk activity. To minimize the risk to everyone, we are still screening applicants for COVID-19 before scheduling appointments. You are not eligible for an appointment if you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the 7 days prior to your fingerprint appointment:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your healthcare provider or refer to the resources in the sidebar.
If you experience any of the above symptoms in the week before your appointment, please email us.
If the staff member that you are scheduled to be fingerprinted by experiences any of the symptoms listed in the same timeframe, your appointment may need to be rescheduled depending on staff levels. Understand that we are dedicated to ensuring the safest possible fingerprinting experience for our community and our staff.

Required Materials

The following materials are required at the fingerprinting appointment:

  • Your valid UVM CatCard (must be yours with your photo visible).
  • A valid government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license or passport).
  • Enough money in your Cat$cratch account to pay for your fingerprinting. One set of fingerprints costs $12; additional sets taken in the same appointment cost $10 each. We are unable to accept cash, checks, or credit cards. To add Cat$cratch to your card, go to https://www.uvm.edu/catcard/make-catcratch-deposit
  • The completed fingerprint authorization form from the agency you are having the prints done for. This form must be signed by a representative from the requesting organization; otherwise the Vermont Criminal Information Center can't proccess the fingerprints.
    • If you require fingerprinting for multiple agencies, you must be fingerprinted separately for each agency. Per Vermont Crime Information Center requirements, we are unable to use one set of prints for multiple agencies.
    • Any questions regarding the authorization form should be directed to VCIC at (802) 244-8727.
    • If you require multiple sets of fingerprints taken, the first set of fingerprints costs $12; additional sets of prints cost $10 each. Please let us know if you have multiple authorization forms so that we can build enough time into to your fingerprinting session.

Scheduling an Appointment

Read "COVID-19 Screening" above before scheduling an appointment.

UVM Police offers fingerprinting services to UVM affiliates (current students, staff, and faculty). An appointment is now required to be fingerprinted and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Please be aware that emergency response is our department's first priority, so it is possible that you may have to wait or be rescheduled despite having an appointment.

Please email prints@uvm.edu for our current schedule and to make an appointment. Let us know if you have multiple authorization forms so that we can build enough time into your fingerprinting session.

For your scheduled appointment, please come to UVM Police Services, which is the south entrance of 284 East Avenue. Please be aware this is a shared building, and you are only able to access us through the marked Police Services entrance.

Fingerprinting Procedure

We understand that some folks may experience anxiety upon entering a police department and interacting with police department staff. So that you know what to expect when you arrive for your appointment, we have outlined the updated fingerprint procedures for you below:

  • You must have an appointment scheduled to be fingerprinted email prints@uvm.edu. We are not accepting walk-ins at this time. Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance so that we can ensure we have a trained staff member available to fingerprint you.
  • Fingerprinting is conducted at our police department, 284 East Avenue in Burlington. Our entrance is behind the police cruiser parking spots, on the south side of the building (bottom floor).
  • If you have experienced any symptoms listed under "COVID-19 Screening" above within the past 7 days, or exhibit any signs at the office, you will not be permitted to enter the building and your appointment will have to be rescheduled. There will be no fee for rescheduling an appointment.
  • You will be asked to provide your CatCard (with your photo visible) and your government-issued photo ID. Along with your IDs, you will be asked to provide your fingerprint authorization form. This form must be signed by a representative from the agency you're being fingerprinted for. If your form is not signed, we cannot process your fingerprints and your appointment will need to be rescheduled.
  • Upon verifying that your paperwork is in order, the staff member will process your IDs with Dispatch and charge your CatCard. Please ensure that you have the necessary amount of Cat$cratch loaded onto your CatCard before you arrive for your appointment: $12 for the first set of prints, and $10 for each subsequent set. You can add money to your Cat$cratch account here: https://www.uvm.edu/catcard/forms/make-online-deposit
  • Once your IDs have been processed, staff will invite you into the department.
  • Our staff will lead you back to the processing area. You will be seated 6 feet away while your information is entered into the fingerprint machine.
    • UVM Police is required by the federal government to collect demographic information from each individual that we fingerprint, including Sex and Race. This demographic information is submitted to the FBI, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 534, for inclusion in the national Fingerprint Identification Record System (FIRS). Sex must be reported as either Male or Female, and Race must be listed as one of the categories listed in the table below. We understand that providing this information may be uncomfortable and that these categories may not accurately reflect your Sex, Gender, or Race. Please know that UVM Police does not retain this information internally, and that it is only collected in accordance with the requirements for fingerprinting by the federal government. Fingerprints sent to the federal government without this information will be rejected and not processed. The table below outlines the race options presented in the system (copied from the FBI's "Guidelines for Preparation of Fingerprint Cards and Associated Criminal History):
      Race Code Table
      AAsian or Pacific IslanderChinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Polynesian, Indian, Indonesian, Asian Indian, Samoan, or other Pacific Islander
      BBlackA person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa
      IAmerican Indian or Alaskan NativeAmerican Indian, Eskimo, or Alaska Native, or a person having origins in any of the 48 contiguous states of the United States or Alaska who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition
      UUnknownOf Indeterminable Race
      WWhiteCaucasian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or Other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
    • We recognize that this can make applicants uncomfortable. Several applicants in the past have indicated that they would like their race to be entered as "Unknown". Please let us know if that is your preference.
  • After your information is entered into the system, you will be instructed to sanitize your hands.
  • You will be fingerprinted after your hands are sanitized.
  • Once your fingerprints are submitted, our staff will give you a receipt with the fingerprinting record number. We mail the original requisition from to the Vermont Criminal Information Center in order to proccess your fingerprints.

Explanation of Cost Increase

**05/18/2021: With new information from the CDC available, we are changing the required PPE for our staff from N95s and gloves down to a surgical mask and extra hand sanitization. This allows us to lower the cost of fingerprinting from $16 to $12, effective immediately. We have left the explanation for the previous increase available below.**

As of August 2020: Before the pandemic struck, the cost of fingerprinting at our department was $10 per set of prints. This is the lowest charge for fingerprinting in the area (other departments charge $25 for the service, the maximum allowed by the Vermont Criminal Information Center). Now that we are dealing with COVID-19 as a community, we must ensure the lowest-possible risk of exposure and transmission. As costs of PPE (personal protective equipment) and cleaning supplies have increased as they become more scarce, we determined it was not financially viable to keep our service fee so low. We have increased the charge - from $10 to $16 - to account for the extra supplies and cleaning time required. The table below outlines this at-cost increase:

Breakdown of Fingerprinting Costs
Set of Fingerprints$10$10$10
N95 for Staff$2.50$12.50$10
Surgical Mask for Applicant$1.75$14.25$10
First Class Mail Letter postage rate 2020$0.55$14.80$10.55
Pre-addressed Business Envelope$0.30$15.10$10.85
Gloves for Staff$0.50$15.60$11.35
Sanitation Supplies$0.40$16.00$11.75

UVM Police is dedicated to keeping our service accessible for students, faculty, and staff. We understand that $6 is a significant amount of money for some members of our community, especially at this time. While we know transparency around this decision will not lessen the impact of this increase, we hope that this outline provides an explanation.

Information on this page will be updated in a timely manner as state and federal guidance changes, as well as University and department policy and protocol change.

See "Scheduling an Appointment" for our most up-to-date appointment times.