Changes within the New Mexico Department of Public Safety mean the Las Cruces Police Department will no longer offer fingerprinting services to the general public. DPS
will no longer accept ink fingerprint cards beginning Friday and is switching to digital scanner technology.
DPS is also partnering with private businesses statewide to provide such services.
in Las Cruces, that's Security Concepts at 130 North Solano Dr. The changes will not hinder criminal investigations or the collection of fingerprint evidence within the Las Cruces Police department.
The majority of customers who received fingerprint cards from LCPD did so for employment purposes, medical or health care licenses or conceal-carry permits. LCPD provided fingerprinting for the public Monday and Wednesday afternoons at a cost of $5 for the first card and $1 for each additional card.
LCPD served 1,597 customers with fingerprint cards in 2012 and 1,327 through Oct. 28 of this year.
LCPD will continue to provide criminal background checks, without fingerprints, that document an individual’s arrest record with the Las Cruces Police Department. LCPD criminal background checks can be requested during regular business days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Records window, at 217 E. Picacho Ave.