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Fingerprinting and Background Checks

Some licenses require that the applicant undergo a background check which may include fingerprinting. The fingerprinting process cannot be started until the license application has been submitted and fees have been paid.

Background Investigations

You may use the computers in our lobby to obtain your $6.85 Colorado Bureau of Investigation background check. You must have a debit or credit card.


Fingerprinting will be conducted by the Department of Excise and Licenses. Fingerprints taken by a private fingerprinting company will not be accepted.


As of November 1, 2018, The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will no longer accept or process hard-copy fingerprint cards. CBI has contracted with IdentoGo for processing hard-copy fingerprint cards. Effective October 31, 2018, the Department of Excise and Licenses will not accept hard-copy fingerprint cards for any license.

Prior to pre-enrolling with the State's fingerprinting vendor, you are required to secure Service and Authorization codes from the Department of Excise and Licenses. You may request your service and authorization codes by submitting a request to

Your email request must include the following information:

  • Name
  • Type of License
  • License Number (i.e.: YYYY-BFN-1234567)

You are required to register ('pre-enroll') and mail your hard-copy fingerprint card to IdentoGo for processing. Instructions on enrolling and submitting fingerprints are available Here. Go to the section on the page titled "IDEMIA Out of State Paper Card Submission Process" for these instructions.

Fingerprints taken for liquor purposes only, are valid for a period of 60 days. 

Fees: $38.50 - all liquor applicants

Fees:  $16.50 -  Auctioneer, Amusement Facility, Body Artist Establishment, Body Art Vehicle - Mobile, Dance Hall, Dance Public, Escort Service Company, Exotic Dancer, Ice Cream Vendor, Lodging Facility, Merchant Guard Company, Pawnbroker, Peddler Sponsor, Social Clubs (All 3 classes), Vehicle Immobilization Service, Valet Operator

Fees for several individuals may be included together.

Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.


Liquor and Cabaret Applicants

Liquor and Cabaret License Applicants require fingerprints for the following people:

  • All officers and directors
  • Members and shareholders who own 10% or more of the business entity


$38.50 per person

Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.

Payment must be made at the time of application.