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Fingerprint Unit

Fingerprint Unit  

Pursuant to the New York City Administrative Code §21-119 (derived from Local Law 60/1984), individuals who work at child care, home care, and family care facilities, including those entities that are under contract with the City of New York, must be screened for criminal convictions and/or pending criminal actions. All prospective hires must have their fingerprints checked against New York State and Federal criminal records databases. Notifications of arrests in New York State are provided on an ongoing basis for all active employees.

Fingerprints are conducted by appointment only.

To Schedule an Appointment:

Location and directions to the unit:
83 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor,. New York, NY 10038

Closest subway stops: Wall Street, Fulton Street-Broadway Nassau
Directions by Subway: Find nearby subway stations

Required documents:
  • Fully completed application, which must be obtained from your employer or program
  • Photo identification from the following list: 
  1. Driver's License or Non-Driver ID
  2. United States Passport
  3. Certificate of Naturalization or Alien Registration Card
  4. Student Identification
  5. Government Benefit Card
  6. Other Government Issued Identification

Applicants may pay the $123.75 fingerprint processing fee by credit card, (MasterCard, American Express, VISA or Discover) or by Postal Money Order from the United States Post Office made payable to the New York City Department of Investigation (other types of money orders will not be accepted). If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a fee of 2% of the payment.  All applicants must submit an application with their original signature, as well as the Permit or Fiscal number of the organization for which they will be working.

Generally, if you were previously fingerprinted by DOI on or about January 1, 1999, you may not need to be re-fingerprinted; however, in some circumstances it may be necessary for you to be re-printed. DOI will notify you if re-printing is required.

Updated Notification Letters (formerly known as Duplicate Letters):

If you are changing employers and your fingerprints are on file, your new daycare/program can submit a written request for an Updated Notification Letter (see "Frequently Asked Questions" for additional information).

Mailing Address:
80 Maiden Lane, 17th Floor,. New York, NY 10038

Fingerprint Unit Frequently Asked Questions