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Fingerprinting


Fingerprinting may be used as a powerful background-searching tool. When you apply to certain data-sensitive jobs in Amarillo, you may be required to undergo a background check. Fingerprinting is one way to find out a great deal of information in a short period of time.

Fingerprint identification
, a form of biometrics, is the process of using the impressions made by the minute ridge formations or patterns found on the fingertips to identify an individual. No two people have exactly the same fingerprints, and the patterns of any one individual remain unchanged throughout their entire life. Fingerprints can be

searched against millions of prints in a database, making it possible to establish proof of identity of a person.

There are many uses for fingerprint identification. Some of the most common are:

  • Identifying a deceased individual when visual means are not possible.
  • To rule out or verify a suspect in a criminal case.
  • To identify if a person has ever been convicted of a crime or has ever been arrested.

The U.S. military and most law enforcement agencies require all members to be fingerprinted. Also, some private and public employers and volunteer organizations require employees and participants to be fingerprinted. Fingerprinting can be done by federal, state, or local governments, law enforcement agencies, or by a private company.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) produces fingerprint cards (and training aids on their use) free of charge.