The department provides digital fingerprinting services to individuals who need to be fingerprinted for job applications, background checks or for any other purpose.  A valid government-issued photo ID is required for fingerprinting. 

The department only utilizes the Live Scan fingerprint machine, which digitally captures all fingerprints.  

Traditional ink fingerprinting is not available from the department. See the "Additional Information Section" below if you are in need of ink fingerprints.

Card Used

Live Scan prints digital finger prints on the standard FBI FD-258 card

Unfortunately we cannot print on other cards.


Civilian Service Employees provide fingerprinting services to the public.

Civilian Service Employees are typically available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however they may be assigned to other duties and not available for fingerprinting.

We recommend calling ahead, (608)270-4300, to confirm availability, and set-up a same day appointment. 

Due to the nature of their role, civilian service employees may be reassigned to other tasks and unable to assist with fingerprinting depending on the time and day.

We are unable to accept appointments. 


  • $10 per card for City of Fitchburg residents
  • $24 per card for non-residents
  • Cash or check only

Additional Information

Ink fingerprinting services may be available from the City of Madison Police Department:
Madison Police Department Fingerprinting Services

There are also several private vendors in the Madison area that provide fingerprinting services.