Posted on: 5 March 2018
Occasionally, you may have to request your own FBI background check. If you are applying for a long-term visa for another country, or if you are running an unlicensed daycare but want to give your clients extra peace of mind, you might request a background check. Besides filling out the application form and paying a fee, you will need to supply the FBI with a set of fingerprints. In most cases, these should be traditional ink prints.
While you are allowed to take the prints on your own, there are several reasons why you may want to pay to have a professional take your prints.
A Professional Can Tell If The Prints Are Usable
For your prints to be processed, enough of the print needs to be caught on the paper without smudges. While you do not need an absolutely perfect print, you do need critical parts of your print to be visible. An experienced professional will be able to tell whether your prints are usable or if you need to take your prints again. If there is a mistake in your prints, you can have them taken again immediately as opposed to waiting until you get a rejection from the FBI, which can take weeks.
Print Taking Can Be Messy
Traditional ink prints can be messy, especially if you don't have the correct tools or experience. You may end up smudging your papers and working surface, and you might not be able to remove the ink from your fingers immediately easily. Going into a professional will keep the ink contained to their printing area, meaning it won't reach your home. Also, many professional print takers have specialized soap and wipes that will allow you to clean your fingers after printing easily.
Printing Can Be Uncomfortable
To get the correct rolls and angles for your prints, you may have to contort your hand in ways that feel unnatural. This is easiest to do if you have someone else taking your prints. You can relax and allow your prints to be taken passively, which many people find easier than trying to push and twist their fingers into the correct positions without assistance. Even if you are experienced taking other people's prints, it may be faster and more comfortable to let someone else take your prints rather than try to do it on your own.
In most cases, taking fingerprints is an inexpensive service, and it is almost always worth the extra cost and travel to have it done professionally. For more information on ink fingerprinting, contact your local fingerprinting service.Share