Fingerprinting is offered by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office to the general public. We do not fingerprint PCAs for the Department of Human Services NetStudy. The county uses standard FD-258 fingerprint cards and FBI-certified hardware. There are three types of services available.
General public – This is for services such as adoption, employment qualification, permit to carry, and medical or teaching license requirements.
Court bookings – This is residents with an official letter for fingerprinting, booking order, suspense notification or other request for booking from courts or probation.
County contractors and employees – This is specifically for contractors and employees of Dakota County who are required to complete a background prior to work or service.
Only the general public pays fees for fingerprinting services. The fee is $20 payable by cash (change available), check or money order. Credit card payment available at Hastings location only.
There are no fees for court bookings or county contractors and employees.
You must pay for fingerprinting at one of the following locations:
Administration Center: Property Tax Services window, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings
- After payment, bring your receipt and report to the front security staff at the Judicial Center, 1560 Highway 55, Hastings. They will direct you to the Book and Release Center.
You may make a payment during business hours. However, fingerprinting is by appointment only.
Fingerprinting is available by appointment only and will vary depending on court and available staff. An email is required to set up an appointment. If you don't have an email address, please call 651-438-4805 to set up an appointment.
Make a fingerprinting appointment
Northern Service Center, West St. Paul: 651-554-6531
Western Service Center, Apple Valley: 952-891-7570
Court bookings with a court appearance that day will take priority over all general public fingerprints.
*This office takes consideration for your health and safety. We require all clients to wash their hands prior to receiving fingerprinting services.