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The Indus Valley civilization had extensively used fingerprints embossed on clay tablets and seals. The use of fingerprints on seals clearly indicates their significance for identification purposes. Fingerprints alongwith palm prints known as ‘PANJA” were used for several centuries in Bengal. Shahjahan’s Royal hand seal on certain important document is ample testimony to the above fact. The history and development of fingerprint science as a means of identification of persons is really fascinating.  

The following are the pioneers of this natural science who made fingerprints an infallible  means of personal identification:- 

Dr. Henry Faulds, Sir William Hershel, Sir Francis Galton, Sir Edward Richard Henry, Khan Bahadur Aziz-Ul-Haq, Rai Bahadur Hem Chander Bose


Director FPB


Sh. Pardeep Kumar Dhir, PPS


Finger Print Bureau.

Finger Print Bureau



Finger Print Bureau

The Finger Print Bureau, Phillaur, is the second oldest such Bureau in the country and has earned recognition and appreciation of the various police forces all over the Country and Courts, including the highest Courts of India. This reputation is virtually synonymous with its location i.e “Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur”. Since its inception (1894), the Bureau has maintained its status and  eminence as a perfect institution. This institution works as a crime detection agency of  the police force. The Bureau has major contribution to various agencies like Criminal Investigating Department, Vigilance Bureau and Crime Branch in linking the criminals with crime. The Punjab Finger Print Bureau, Phillaur, is also looking after the Finger Printing work and training of its affiliated states i.e Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and UT of Chandigarh.



Finger Print Bureau, Phillaur has been declared separate Cadre vide amended Punjab Police Rule 1.1.

The Bureau has its permanent sanctioned strength of 72 Technical/ Non Technical officials headed by one DySP- cum- Director.



In this section record slips of convicted criminals are received. One copy of the slip is kept for entry in local register, issuing DS. No .classification, test  NCA up to the filling stage. Other slips are  supplied to CFPB/ NCRB, N. Delhi for their record.



In this section time barred record  slips of convicted criminals are weeded out strictly as per the rules in the FPB Manual .



FACTS-05 Finger Print Analysis & Criminal Tracing System is fully operational in this Bureau. Section references are carried out daily with the help of this Gadget. Finger Print Bureau, Punjab Police, is the only centre in the Country, whose officials have done the data entry work on their own as compared to other FACTS user States who have done the same job on payment basis through CMC, Hyderabad. Thus the State Finger Print Bureau has ably saved a lot of state funds.


In the present international scenario, many countries have made it mandatory to submit 10 digit Finger Print Slips of immigrants for verification of their antecedents.


Since August-2010, the State Finger Print Bureau has undertaken Finger Print Certification for Immigration, for citizens desirous of visiting foreign countries. This service is available at a nominal cost of Rs. 1000/- (Rs. One Thousand only) per certificate.


Any citizen desirous of seeking Finger Print Certificate for immigration purpose can apply on plain paper. The application must bear a recent passport sizes photograph and self attested photocopies of the following documents :-


  •        Purpose letter (Letter from the agency which requires Finger Prints)
  •        First and last page of Passport
  •        Proof of residence


For further assistance, please contact:-



State Finger Print Bureau,

Punjab Police Academy,

Phillaur - 144 410, Distt. Jalandhar (Punjab)

Telephone & Fax :- 01826-224939 (Office)