Biometrics are the measurable biological (anatomical and physiological) or behavioral characteristics used for identification of an employee/individual. Fingerprints are a common biometric modality, but others include things like DNA, irises, voice patterns, palm prints, and facial patterns.

Over the years, biometrics has been incredibly useful to the law enforcement authorities and its partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities—not only to authenticate an individual’s identity (you are who are say you are), but more importantly, to figure out who someone is (by a fingerprint left on a murder weapon or a bomb, for example), typically by scanning a database of records for a match.

Fingerprints vary from person to person (even identical twins have different prints) and don’t change over time. As a result, they are an effective way of identifying fugitives and helping to prove both guilt and innocence.

 Electronic Fingerprinting

Electronic fingerprinting is the process of taking fingerprints on a machine rather than with ink and paper. This produces a lower error rate and crystal clear prints. A great alternative to messy ink prints.

The fingerprints are then submitted to the specific state agency in order to process the background check. The entire process takes between 5-10 minutes with results returning within 24-72 hours from the day of being fingerprinted.

Electronic fingerprinting services are only available in certain areas. Please contact us today to see if your organization can benefit from this service.

 Rolled/Ink Fingerprinting

Rolled or Ink Fingerprinting is the process where a person’s fingers are “rolled” in ink and then transferred to paper. In most cases, applicants can go to their local police department to have their fingerprints taken. There are also many local organizations that can take applicant fingerprints as well.

The fingerprinting process can take 10-15 minutes to complete depending on how many fingerprint cards are needed. Once an applicant has their fingerprints rolled, the information is then submitted to our office for processing. Results are typically returned within 6-12 weeks after submission.