Fingerprint and Background Check

Service Notice

Effective 3/16/2020, the Fingerprinting Service has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 Outbreak. We will remove this message once we are able to provide this service. Thank you for your continued cooperation during this time.
Residents who may be in need of a background check or fingerprints may visit the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office for this service. For complete information, please visit their website here.

Fingerprinting is conducted on Thursdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:20 AM in 20 minute intervals. Please call the department at (401) 253-6900 to schedule an appointment.

Individuals requesting to be finger printed with a national criminal history check must be a Bristol resident and have a valid form of identification.

Required Documentation for All Persons to be Fingerprinted

Effective March 1, 2020, it is the policy of the Bristol Police Department to require any person who is being fingerprinted must complete the Bristol Police Department Fingerprint Form prior to your appointment and present it to the officer at the time of fingerprinting. Also required are any conditional letters of employment or an employer authorization form on company stationary or letterhead.


A fee of $40 is assessed for; massage therapists, mental health facilities employees, firefighter employment, medical marijuana,  Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) employees NOT CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY THE STATE OF RI and school employee applicants.

Effective March 1, 2020 There will also be a $40 fee assessed for childcare/daycare employees only, adoption, foster care and Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) employees CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY THE STATE OF RI.

There is a fee of $10 for residents seeking fingerprints without a criminal history check . Residents may supply their own fingerprint cards with identification.

Required payments must be by check or money order; please make checks payable to ‘Town of Bristol’. We do not accept Credit/Debit cards.

Criminal History Checks

Employment criminal history checks (Rhode Island State Bureau of Criminal Investigation checks without fingerprints) are limited by Rhode Island State Law.

Healthcare (nursing) facility employees, and assisted living facility employee checks are completed at no charge.

Contact Us

Address: 395 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
Lobby Hours of Operation: 24/7
Records Office Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday | 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays | Closed

Emergency Number: 911
Emergency Fire & Rescue Number: 401-253-6611 or 911
Non-Emergency Number: 401-253-6900
Alternate Non-Emergency Number: 401-254-6900
Anonymous Tip Number: 401-254-2229
Accreditation Office: 401-253-6900 Option 6

Fax Numbers:
Detectives: 401-253-1190 | Dispatch: 401-253-1540

Kevin Lynch

Chief of Police

Brian Burke

Chief of Administration

Scott Mcnally

Chief of Operations

Janet Philips

Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police

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