Give your fingerprints and photo

You’ll be asked to provide your fingerprints and photo (‘biometric information’) as part of your visa or immigration application. You need to:

  • have a digital photo taken of your face
  • put your fingers on a glass screen to be scanned
  • give your signature, or say why you cannot give it

The process takes less than 5 minutes and does not involve any ink or mess. You will not need to take off your head covering if you wear it for religious or medical reasons.

If you do not have any fingers you only need to have a digital photo taken of your face. It will be noted on your records that you’re physically unable to provide fingerprints.

What children need to do when they give their biometric information

Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone over 18 who has legal responsibility for them.

Children do not need to give their signature. They do not need to give their fingerprints if they’re:

  • under 6 and applying from inside the UK
  • under 5 and applying from outside the UK

Where to provide your biometric information

Where you give your biometric information depends on how you’re making your visa or immigration application. You’ll be told where to go after you’ve applied.

If you’re applying from within the UK, you’ll go to one of the following:

If you’re outside the UK, you’ll be asked to go to a visa application centre.

If you’re applying to extend your stay, you must be in the UK to provide your biometric information.


It costs £19.20 to give your biometric information at a Post Office branch or a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services centre.