We use state-of-the-art equipment, optical fingerprint recognition, verification and identification. We utilize both Fingerprint cards and Live Scan (Electronic Fingerprinting). Our technicians are trained and certified. You can rest assured that you’ll receive the highest quality work and best possible results when dealing with us.

LiveScan (Electronic) Fingerprinting

This service includes capturing fingerprints that are electronically forwarded to the Maryland Criminal Justice Information System and FBI, who then use the fingerprints and personal information to run a complete criminal history record check (CHRC).  From this information, the regulatory agency and employer determine if there is anything in the records that would disqualify the individual from serving in the program/profession/or obtaining the applied license.

To save time while at the office, please print and complete the Livescan Fingerprinting form and bring with you along with a valid photo ID.

Download the Livescan Pre-Registration Application

Fingerprint (INK) Cards:

Ink Card Fingerprinting Service also known as Fingerprint Cards or Ink Cards (FD-258) are generally used when an applicant is applying for a job, license or permit outside of the state that they currently live. However, sometimes these Fingerprint Cards/ Ink Cards are used for Federal Background Checks or in some cases when a Live Scan fingerprint will not go through the normal process you can sometimes use a Fingerprint Card/ Ink Card instead.

ESS is also certified to provide Out Of State ink cards for Florida, Utah and all other states.


Mobile Services

Live Scan (Electronic Fingerprinting) and Fingerprint cards:

For the Mobile Unit, we come to your facility to fingerprint larger or small groups of applicants. This is a great option for organizations or clients that wish to save their applicants time and travel. ESS, will send a qualified technician to a designated agreed-upon location on a mutually agreed-upon date to capture fingerprints. The organization or client will be responsible for scheduling and organizing the applicants to be fingerprinted. Contact us to get pricing on our Mobile Unit.

Fieldprint Fingerprinting and Services

Fieldprint provides a unique suite of identity management services unparalleled in breadth, sophistication abd user-friendliness.

Through our partnership with Fieldprint, ESS can assist with all Fieldprint services.  We operate their equipment in our Eldersburg, Silver Spring and Westminster locations during our normal business hours.

Fieldprint services require an appointment. Please visit to schedule. You must pick the Essential Support Services locations for us to assist you.

PRINTSCAN Fingerprinting and Services

PrintScan is a nationally branded fingerprinting and background investigations company.

For nearly 25 years, PrintScan has grown to one of the leading fingerprinting service provider in the United States.

With our PrintScan equipment and partnership, ESS is the only provider in Carroll County to provide the ATF EFT files. Please call 443-547-2223 with any questions.

If you received a code from your employer, or need other PrintScan services, please click on the link below to schedule an appointment.

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