In this paper, the design and development of a portable classroom attendance system based on fingerprint biometric is presented. Among the salient aims of implementing a biometric feature into a portable attendance system is security and portability. The circuit of this device is strategically constructed to have an independent source of energy to be operated, as well as its miniature design which made it more efficient in term of its portable capability. Rather than recording the attendance in writing or queuing in front of class equipped with fixed fingerprint or smart card reader. This paper introduces a portable fingerprint based biometric attendance system which addresses the weaknesses of the existing paper based attendance method or long time queuing. In addition, our biometric fingerprint based system is encrypted which preserves data integrity.