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Discussion: free fingerprinting

in: Becks; Becks > 2021-11-19

Nov 19, 2021 3:20 PM # 
eddie:
You could lift some Chiclets at the Tesco and get caught. Then the police would take your fingerprints for free. They might even throw in some new passport photos! Remember to smile, and don't hold the placard over your face :)

I was fingerprinted while getting a badge for work recently. It was a govt agency, so I assume the FBI has access to those by default. Not sure how that would work with any old company. I guess the private fingerprinting firms have a certification of some kind, but maybe your new or prospective employers can do it? Hospital or Uni? Dept of Motor Vehicles maybe? Some post offices now provide this service in the US, but its new as of last year.
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Nov 19, 2021 9:10 PM # 
Big Jon:
Its in England - you'll have to pay through the nose for it...
Nov 20, 2021 8:15 AM # 
Becks:
Yup, £150 and the train fare to London. Boooo.
Nov 20, 2021 9:34 AM # 
Kitch:
you could always rob a bank,
oh, wait...
Nov 20, 2021 4:22 PM # 
eddie:
Looks like just police stations and that one private vendor you mentioned in the UK. I was able to test-attempt an online appointment with Thames Valley, but the appt scheduler (its the same online form at each regional dept website in the UK) returns this message:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We're not currently accepting any new appointment requests.

This is due to concerns around the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and government advice on social distancing.

We're unable to confirm when the service will resume but will update as and when the situation changes.


The Lambeth one you mentioned returned instructions and a link to an online scheduler. So it looks like TVP normally does them, maybe even in Oxford, but has chosen to suspend that service due to covid. £86.10 + train fare at the police station in Lambeth. Better than 150, but maybe the hours don't fit your schedule? [ah, you said Dec 2 the earliest at Lambeth. Bristol?]

You could always find a boondoggle, er, conference in the US and come back for a visit! Its a long way to go to smudge your fingers though.
Nov 20, 2021 4:27 PM # 
eddie:
Might be worth a call to TVP Oxford just in case they are about to open up. Maybe Sergent Hathaway will make an exception for you :)
Nov 20, 2021 7:09 PM # 
Becks:
I called them first and then said they’re very sorry but London is the only place doing them right now.

It’s fine, we can afford it. It’s just annoying that US stuff is always so ridiculous and so expensive.
Nov 20, 2021 8:42 PM # 
eddie:
Funny, the online police form allows you to select one of 8 possible reasons for wanting your fingerprints taken. Most of them seem reasonable (security, adoption, trade, working with kids, professional exams), but these two stood out:

"to apply for a liquor license in the US"
"to buy or train a racehorse in the US"
Nov 21, 2021 5:08 AM # 
blairtrewin:
I imagine that means the racing industry has as much of a history of association with questionable characters in the US as it does here ("colourful Sydney racing identity" is a commonly used euphemism in our part of the world for an organised crime figure).
Nov 22, 2021 1:30 AM # 
walk:
Didn’t you get printed for initial applications for visa/ green card/ citizen ship? Should be on record. They never forget.
Nov 22, 2021 3:35 AM # 
yurets:
No surprise to me the regime in the UK is very suspicious of those who were exposed to American freedom and liberties. UK does not have a Constitution, or Bill of Rights, it is ruled by despotic monarchy

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