Criminal/Sex Offender Registration Guidelines
For Hernando County residents only
Important New COVID-19 Related Information:
Effective immediately masks are required in Sheriff’s lobby.
*If you do not have a mask one will be provided on entry.*
Public fingerprinting for concealed weapon permits, employment, licensing, gun purchases, expungements and other purposes is available by appointment only.
Due to demand, we can no longer provide this service to non-Hernando County residents.
Criminal/felon/sex offender fingerprinting is handled as specified below.
Public fingerprinting services for Hernando County residents
In an effort to provide the most efficient customer service and minimize lengthy wait times, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has implemented a scheduling system for fingerprinting services. As always, fingerprinting services are provided at no charge but are for Hernando County residents only.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement does charge to conduct the background check. Refer to FDLE’s fee schedule here.
A valid driver’s license or identification card with proof of Hernando County residency is required for all fingerprinting services. No exceptions.
Concealed Weapon Permit fingerprints – You must bring the fingerprint card from the CWP permit packet.
Seal/Expungement court requests - You must bring the Fingerprints for Application for Certification of Eligibility form.
All other fingerprint requests, (except for Hernando County employment applicants) will require you to provide an Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number. Contact your employer or the entity requesting fingerprints to obtain the ORI number.
Persons who walk-in without an appointment will be scheduled by the receptionist for the next available time slot.
If you experience a problem with the scheduling application or you have questions, please contact the HCSO switchboard at 352-754-6830 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To make an appointment for Hernando County Sheriff’s Office public fingerprinting services please click here. This will connect you to an external site where you can make the appointment.
Criminal / Sex Offender Registration Services
Criminal and Sex Offender Registration will also be done by appointment. To schedule registration or re-registration please click here.
Felon Registration will be available 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Monday thru Friday
New Sex Offender Registration will be available 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Monday thru Friday
Sex Offender Re-Registration will be available 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Monday thru Friday
IMPORTANT NOTE:If you are attempting to schedule fingerprinting services for a court-mandated registration and there are no appointments available in the timeframe within which you are required to register, please walk in to the HCSO lobby and tell the receptionist you were unable to reserve an appointment time but you are mandated by the court to be fingerprinted.
If you experience a problem with the scheduling application or you have questions, please contact the HCSO switchboard at 352-754-6830 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m