Getting fingerprinted in Korea!!

In preparation for getting our paperwork ready to sign another teaching contract in South Korea, Josh and I decided to get our fingerprint paperwork completed while we were still in Korea. We had already printed out the paperwork online that the fingerprints are completed on. We just needed to find a police station big enough that they had a CSI department.

Exit you need to take to get to the police station

Exit you need to take to get to the police station

Street view of the police station we chose to get fingerprinted

Street view of the police station we chose to get fingerprinted

We ended up going to a large police Station in Seoul, right near the Anguk Station Exit 6 off of Line 3. It was a pretty easy process overall. First, we went and talked to the guard at the small station in front of the police station and told him we wanted to get fingerprinted. He asked to hold onto one of our ID’s and gave us a white badge to wear. We then went into the station and after being buzzed in by the guy in control of the automatic doors we climbed up 4 flights of stairs to the CSI department. After knocking on the door to a confused Korean CSI man we quickly explained that we needed fingerprints and then we were off. We had brought with us our passports and multiple copies of the fingerprint sheets. We were informed that we could only get one set of fingerprints completed which was ok since the whole process is free. When we were in the States it cost about $25 to get our fingerprints done.

Oh you know, just hanging out in a Korean police station

Oh you know, just hanging out in a Korean police station

Getting fingerprinted

Getting fingerprinted

Overall the process was pretty quick and painless. We were in the station for a no more than 30 minutes all together. The gentleman who did our fingerprints was really nice and happy to help us (but only with 1 fingerprint sheet). It was also kind of a fun experience to be in a Korean police station (but not for being in trouble).

 

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