Taking fingerprints


Those who request that the Japanese police take their fingerprints need to accept the following conditions:

NOTE: We take fingerprints of ordinary citizens ONLY when their purpose is to request a police clearance certificate from other countries. In other cases, we DO NOT take fingerprints of ordinary citizens upon their request, as we are only obliged to take fingerprints of criminals.

1 Please prepare a form yourself.

Depending on the country/organization you are submitting your fingerprints to, you may be provided with a specific form to put your fingerprint. Please contact the country/organization and confirm what form you need for the country/organization. The Japanese police will not provide you with a form.

2 The Japanese police do not provide signatures.

The Japanese police will not provide signatures, stamps, seals, etc. of any form for the form. This is because the Japanese police are not obliged to take fingerprints of ordinary citizens. Please contact the country/organization on the matter and follow their instructions. The role of the police is only to provide technical assistance (such as special ink and technical skills) to take your fingerprints.

Opening hours

Weekdays: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Closed during Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, and Year-End and New Year Holidays.

Please follow the instructions of the police officer when the officer takes your fingerprints. We may decline to take your fingerprints if you do not follow our instructions.

Location of Office

Police Certificate Desk, Identification Division, Criminal Investigation Department,

12th Floor, Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters (KPPHQ)

2-4 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, YOKOHAMA 231-0002

【Nearest Train Station】

*10 mins walk from the South Exit of JR Kannai Station

*5 mins walk from Exit 1 of Minato-Mirai (MM) Subway Line Nihon-Odori Station or Exit 6 of Bashamichi Station

*Refer to the guide map of KPPHQ and vicinity map


For more information;

Call 045-211-1212 (pilot number) Identification Division, Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters

Monday through Friday: 8:30am - 5:15pm

(The office will be closed: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, and Year-End and New-Year Holidays.)