JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The next time you get fingerprinted, you won't have to wash all that ink off your fingers.

As of April 1, 2012, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is no longer accepting ink and paper fingerprint cards. Instead, fingerprints must be submitted electronically.

The FDLE is following the lead of the FBI, which has been phasing out hard copy fingerprinting for years. The FBI will not process paper fingerprints after April 15.

Submitting fingerprints is part of the process for completing a criminal background check. In Florida, people are required to pass a background check in order to:

  • work with children, disabled or elderly adults
  • work with an alarm system company
  • work at a correctional facility
  • work in the healthcare industry
  • work at a cemetery or funeral home
  • work as a mold inspector
  • work as a real estate agent
  • get a concealed weapons permit

    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has an entire

    list of local facilities

    that are authorized by the FDLE.