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Poor Quality Fingerprints and FBI Name Checks

A name check can be requested when the fingerprints have been rejected twice for image quality by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. The name check is limited to state, federal and regulatory agencies who already have legal authority to submit fingerprints for non-criminal justice purposes.


This is what FBI does while Name Check Searches:


  • Agency/entity submits name checks to the FBI’s NNCP for processing.
  • Electronic “batch” submissions are searched against the Universal Index (UNI) and the Electronic Case File (ECF) databases. The majority of the batch names are electronically returned as “no record” within 48-72 hours. A “no record” indicates that the databases contain no identifiable information regarding a particular individual. UNI and ECF are searched for main files (files where the name of an individual is the subject of an FBI investigation) and for reference files (files where the name being searched is merely mentioned in an investigation).
  • A secondary manual search of residuals from the batch run identifies an additional number of names as a “no record” response.
  • The remaining paper files and/or electronic files are reviewed to determine if further information can be tied to the subject and if additional analysis is required.
  • Identifiable files are then analyzed for relevant or derogatory information that may be disseminated to the requesting agency/entity. Approximately 1 percent of the requests are determined to contain possible derogatory information. If applicable, the NNCP forwards a summary of the information to the submitting agency/entity.
  • The NNCP has no role in adjudication; it merely reports the results of its search to the requesting agency and that agency determines how the information is used.


Please know that fingerprints identification is the method of identification using the impressions made by the minute ridge  formations or patterns found on the fingertips. No two persons have exactly the same arrangement of ridge patterns, and the patterns of any one individual remain unchanged throughout life. Fingerprints offer an infallible means of personal identification. Other personal characteristics may change, but fingerprints do not. However, senior citizens, applicants whose work is in contact with chemicals, alcohol based products, or who has physiological changes may have difficulties while getting fingerprinted due to the poor quality of prints.


After first rejection, on the second line of the respond FBI provides requesting agency a TCR# (Transaction Control Number). With that number electronic fingerprinting vendor is capable to submit the second set of prints free of charge within 180 days from the time of first rejection. Only if both sets are rejected by FBI state agencies or VECHS entities may request a name checks.


Please contact us today at (954) 239-8590 for more information. We serve entire South Florida by providing quality electronic fingerprinting and drug screening services.


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