Fingerprint Card Requirements

Any individual applying to register as an associated person (AP), floor broker (FB), floor trader (FT) or for approval as a principal must send a completed fingerprint card to NFA unless:

  • the individual is currently registered with the CFTC or is listed as a principal of a current CFTC registrant and fingerprint cards in relation to that registration are received by NFA;
  • FBI fingerprint card results are received within 90 days preceding the date the individual's Form 8-R is filed with NFA;
  • a sponsor that is a registered broker-dealer represents in the applicant's Form 8-R that the applicant has applied for registration as a General Securities Representative with FINRA within the previous 90 days and that a fingerprint card accompanied the application;
  • the individual is a foreign natural person as defined in CFTC Regulation 3.21(e)(1)(i); or
  • the individual is an outside director and the sponsor files with NFA a Notice pursuant to CFTC Regulation 3.21(c). These notices may be sent to

Once NFA receives an applicant's fingerprint cards, NFA will submit the images to the FBI to determine if the applicant has a criminal record.

NFA can only accept and process a completed and signed FBI applicant card. Applicants are encouraged to submit three fingerprint cards with their application to avoid delays in obtaining additional sets if necessary for processing.

Send completed fingerprint cards to NFA at the following address:

Attention: Registration Department
300 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606-6615

NFA offers a fingerprinting service for NFA applicants at its Chicago office (300 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1800) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for $15 (cash, check, credit/debit card or money order). All individuals being fingerprinted are required to present two forms of identification, including a valid picture ID issued by a government agency.

In order to use NFA's fingerprinting service, visitors must be pre-registered in the building's visitor registry. Visitors should contact NFA's Information Center to register. Visitors must provide their name and date of visit so they can receive access to NFA's offices on the 18th floor. NFA recommends that visitors pre-register at least one day prior to their visit.