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Crime & Safety · Criminal History Records

Criminal history record information consists of fingerprint-based records and disposition information submitted by law enforcement agencies and courts throughout Washington state. Learn more about us...

You will find the following services within this site:

Request a state Criminal History Record (Background Check)
Child & Adult Abuse Information Act
Criminal Records Privacy Act
Update an existing Criminal History Record
Compromised Identity Claims (CIC)
WSP Fingerprinting Services
Non-WSP Fingerprinting Service LocationsAdobe PDF file

Fingerprinting Services


Fingerprinting services are offered to the public at our office in Olympia. If you are an individual who needs fingerprinting services, you may visit our office anytime during normal office hours. Please take a moment to view the fees and fingerprint room rules before your visit. If you have any questions regarding fingerprinting, please call us at (360) 534-2000.

Fees (for WSP services)

$13 for each printing event up to 2 fingerprint cards (ink or livescan – method of printing is at the discretion of the fingerprinting technician)

Fingerprint Room Rules

  • The person being fingerprinted is the only person allowed in the fingerprinting room.
  • Children are not allowed in the fingerprinting room and must be supervised at all times.
  • Animals are not allowed in the WSP lobby or the fingerprinting room, except those covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • The WSP is unable to fingerprint you, if your hands are bleeding, have open wounds or if any of your fingers are bandaged – do not remove bandages.
  • Make sure your hands are clean and dry prior to being fingerprinted (no lotion).
  • The method of fingerprinting is determined by the fingerprint technician and is based upon the condition of your fingers.
  • The amount of time it takes to roll your fingerprints depends upon the condition of your fingerprints.  Average time is approximately 15 minutes per person.

Non-WSP Fingerprinting Service Locations

Fingerprinting services are also provided by county sheriff’s offices and many local police departments. If you prefer, please contact your local county or city law enforcement agencyAdobe PDF file to determine if fingerprinting services are provided.

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About the Identification & Criminal History Section


The Identification and Criminal History Section is the central repository for criminal history record information (CHRI) for the state of Washington and was established during the 1972 Legislative Session. CHRI maintained by the Section consists of fingerprint-based records and disposition information submitted by law enforcement agencies and courts throughout the state. The Section provides complete, accurate, and accessible criminal history and expert technical services in the interest of public safety. 

Local criminal justice agencies are required by law to submit felony and gross misdemeanor arrest and disposition information to the State Patrol, where it is included in a CHRI database called Washington State Identification System (WASIS). The requested record information is furnished solely on the basis of name and/or description similarity with the subject of your inquiry. Positive identification or non-identification can only be determined upon receipt of fingerprints.


Contact Information


Phone:

(360) 534-2000

Physical Address:

3000 Pacific Ave, Suite 202
Olympia, WA 98501
(view driving directionsAdobe PDF file)

Mailing Address:

Washington State Patrol
Identification and Criminal History Section
PO Box 42633
Olympia, WA 98504-2633

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday (except legal holidays)
8am - 5pm (closed from 12pm - 1pm)



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