Times have definitely changed and with this, the paper fingerprint card is no accepted, as a primary source of identification. In today’s electronically crazed world, digital fingerprint images have become the new trend. There will be at least once in your life that you will be required to undergo a fingerprint-based background check.
- Business License
- Name Change
- Foster Care
- Criminal Records
Of course, this is only to name a few specific needs of a digital fingerprint. There are many reasons why the Federal Bureau of Investigation has chosen the digital fingerprint method over the traditional method. For one, it decreased the processing time by 3-8 weeks. With this new method, the FBI and Maryland Law Enforcement agencies will automatically process each print and return matches to the processer, within 24-72 hours.The traditional ink-blotted fingerprint card had a very high error rate, with frequent misprints. Digital fingerprinting utilizes a technology, which is known as “Live Scan.” The Live Scan machine will scan each finger electronically to create a digital image. Each digital fingerprint will be submitted automatically to Maryland Criminal Justice Information System, and then mailed directly to you or agency of your choice.
All information is stored into the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system. This systems offers a matching accuracy rating of around 99.6%, which a major improvement from the original Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which offers an accuracy rating of 92%. In order to get a digital fingerprint, you will need to appear in person at one of private providers located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The processing fee will vary from one provider to another, but will range anywhere from $45.00 to $65.00. You must contact the private provider to schedule an appointment, because walk-ins are no accepted. You will need to have a valid I.D. (driver’s license, passport, military I.D.), agency name, authorization number, ORI number for background checks, payment in the form of check, money order, or credit card (cash not accepted at most locations).
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