Finger Print Bureau


The Finger Print Bureau is an important Scientific Investigation wing of the Kerala Police which helps various investigative agencies of Police Force in their fight against criminal activities. Apart from Kerala Police, the service of Kerala State Finger Print Bureau is being utilized by Central Police organizations like CBI, NIA, etc., and and also by other state Police Forces. The working of the Finger Print Bureau is unique among the Scientific Investigation Wings. Conviction details of all persons convicted in the state of Kerala are kept in the Kerala State Finger Print Bureau along with their fingerprints.


Travancore Fingerprint Bureau, the fore-runner of Kerala State Finger Print Bureau was started in the erstwhile state of Travancore on 2-5-1900 by the then Maharaja SreeMoolamThirunal. The Fingerprint Records of the neighbouring state of Cochin (started in September 1905) was amalgamated to the Travancore Bureau and came to be known as Travancore-Cochin Bureau from 30-6-1950. When the Kerala state was formed in 1956, the Kerala State Finger Print Bureau started its function by infusing the finger print records of the Malabar District along with the Travancore - Cochin Bureau. It is worthwhile to note that the first Finger Print Bureau in the world was started in 1897 in Calcutta and in Scotland Yard, Travancore Finger Print Bureau began to function in 1905.

Organisational Structure

Kerala State Finger Print Bureau of the Police Department is headed by a Director and functions directly under the Additional Director General of Police, State Crime Records Bureau. The Bureau comprises of the State Finger Print Bureau at Thiruvananthapuram, nineteen District/City Finger Print Bureaux (known as Single Digit Finger Print Bureaux) at District/City levels.

Different Wings and Roles

Finger Print Bureau has mainly two wings. The State Finger Print Bureau, head quartered at Thiruvananthapuram and the Single Digit Finger Print Bureaux in each Police District.

Direct Public service rendered by the Finger Print Bureau

  • Expert Opinion in Document Cases
  • Attestation of Fingerprints for immigration or other purposes

The immigration departments of several countries require Police Clearance Certificate for which attested fingerprint of the immigrant is required. Such immigrants may approach the Director, State Finger Print Bureau or Tester Inspectors of District Finger Print Bureaux with a written request on white paper for taking their fingerprint and to attest the same. They will remit Rs.1000/- (Rs. 100/- for additional copy) in any Govt. treasury under the head of Account "0055 Police “501 service & service fee". The following documents are to be produced at the Finger Print Bureau.

  • An application addressed to the Director / Tester Inspector,FPB
  • Original Challan of remittance of fee.
  • Valid passport with copies of relevant pages.
  • Proof of present residence, like ration card / electoral card / driving license (with copies)
  • Two passport size Photographs(Extra for additional copies)

The applicant has to appear in person before the officers concerned and get their finger prints recorded and attested. For further clarification please contact Director, Finger Print Bureau in phone numbers: 0471 2551483, Mobile: 9497975928.


Expert Opinion in Document Cases

Application for Expert Opinion shall be forwarded through a court of law to the Director, Finger Print Bureau with the following documents.

  • Standard Requisition form
  • Original document for comparison
  • Original Challan of remittance of fee

The applicant should remit Rs.1000/- for expert opinion and Rs. 100/- for each print to be compared as photographic Fee in any Govt. treasury under the head of Account "0055 Police “ 501 service & service fee".

When an Expert is summoned by the court in Civil Cases, the appearance fee has to be paid as follows:

One day salary of the Expert concerned plus Rs.100/- for each day of his/her absence from the office in the above head of account. Additionally, the applicable TA/DA due to the Expert should be paid by the applicant by means of Money Order/DD directly to the Expert concerned in advance.

Last updated on 09-11-2019