Water-soluble fluorescent CdTe quantum dots were synthesized using TGA (Thiolglycolic acid) as the stabilizer and characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy. This fluorescent material was applied to development fingerprints deposited on the sticky side of adhesives. The development conditions such as development time, temperature and pH value of QDs solution were investigated. The comparison experimental with traditional methods and development rate were also studied. The results show that this material exhibited strong visible fluorescence under excitation at 365 nm. CdTe QDs can detect fingerprints on different adhesive surfaces. In addition, the development rate of fingerprints on the adhesive side of cellulose tape was discussed and the effective development rate for 30-days-aged fingerprints can reach to 72%. Furthermore, the developed fingerprints have higher and stable fluorescence intensity, weaker background interference and better contrast between fingerprints and the substrate. CdTe QDs is a promising reagent for fingerprints development on adhesive surfaces.