Apparently the Orlando PD, or whatever sub-station or other department that you went to, is stuck in the early 20th century. My advise: Go to another station.
I have been using downloaded forms from FDLE for a decade and even the most Podunk PD's have no problems filling them in. There is literally nothing to set up. All fingerprinting takes is an ink pad, a target piece of paper (in any form), a desk or table or other firm item upon which to set said piece of paper and your finger. If they are courteous they will even provide a baby wipe (although I always suggest that my clients bring their own, just in case.)
Its hard for me to imagine that either the OPD truly cannot process a FDLE form, so personally I think that you were flat out lied. Go to another branch or neighborhood police department. OPD should change its name to MMPD - Micky Mouse PD - because that is just ridiculous.
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What Haber said.
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My colleague Mr. Haber is right & he's entertaining. I've been sealing & expunging cases for clients in Orlando since I left the State Attorney's Office in 2001 & am unaware of any law enforcement agency that is unable to use the paper version of the fingerprint card. I suggest you try the Orange County Sheriff's Office. You may want to call ahead for details on the days &/or times that they offer this service.
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As my colleagues have indicated, just try a different police station. Try calling before going as some locations have certain time schedules to perfom the service.
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we have them at our office. Also the Clerk of court has them!
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I have sealed/and or expunged approximately 20 cases in Orlando and over 50 in my legal career cases in the last year and I have never had one of my clients come back to me and tell me that the paper fingerprint card would not be accepted by a given police department. As a matter of fact, I have given several clients an FBI compliant fingerprint card PDF file that I printed directly from a Google search that have been accepted by police departments, FDLE, and judges as it related to pleas in absentia that I have put through. My advice would be to go to another department and avoid the person who is being a stickler. The only thing I could suggest would be to go to the courthouse downtown and speak to a bailiff and ask him if you could have a blank fingerprint card from a courtroom. Just pick a courtroom. the bailiffs/Deputies are usually pretty helpful and relaxed. Just ask politely. Best of Luck. please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.