Fingerprint Submission Requirement

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is responsible for receiving and processing fingerprint submissions for background checks.  Once processed, they will provide the results only to the agency/organization named in the “Employer and Address” field on the fingerprint card.  The results are non-transferable and, therefore, cannot be released by CBI to an organization that is not specifically listed on the fingerprint card (e.g., results for fingerprints submitted for a license to practice law in Colorado cannot be released to another state or jurisdiction).

As part of an application for admission to practice law in Colorado, each applicant shall submit to the Office of Attorney Admissions, a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency, for the purpose of obtaining a fingerprint-based criminal history check.  New fingerprints are required with each application submission, including reapplications.

Note: As part of the background check process, the submitted fingerprints will also be forwarded by the CBI to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  If an applicant wishes to challenge the information contained in either the CBI or the FBI identification record, he or she has the right to do so.  Additionally, applicants may request a copy of the national criminal history record from the FBI.  For more details on obtaining or challenging a criminal history record, please see the Notice to Applicants and/or How to Obtain and Challenge Your FBI Identification Record.


  1. The Fingerprint Information Sheet provides the necessary details you will need to complete the fingerprint process.  Please print and take a copy of the Fingerprint Information Sheet with you to your local Law Enforcement Agency (e.g., Police Department or Sheriff’s Office).  Please note: it is a legal requirement that a qualified law enforcement agency assist you with completing the fingerprint card.  You may wish to call ahead to confirm that a particular office is able assist you.

  2. Follow the process as outlined in the Fingerprint Information Sheet.  Use black ink only. You MUST use a fingerprint card on card-stock; fingerprints on regular paper will NOT be accepted.

  3. Upload a copy of the completed fingerprint card to your bar application account.  You must also mail or hand-deliver the original completed fingerprint card to the Office of Attorney Admissions. Fingerprint cards may NOT be folded, stapled or otherwise altered or mutilated, including, but not limited to, taping the card to another object.

Note:  DO NOT send fingerprint submission to the CBI.  Fingerprint cards must be sent directly to the Office of Attorney Admissions.