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New York Fingerprinting- Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I use New York Fingerprinting services, when there are many individuals offering fingerprinting services in NY?

In today’s volatile employment environment, employers are requesting fingerprints as a prerequisite for employment.  Most companies do not have trained fingerprint technicians on staff, and outsource this vital service.  This has created a market where untrained, inexperienced individuals using substandard equipment have begun to offer fingerprint services in New York as independent contractors.  They often are only around for a short time and often do more harm than good.  Fingerprints are regularly rejected, reappointments are not granted, and there remains a high degree of risk for both document and identity theft.

How do I know if which fingerprint service will do the best job?
Ask for referrals. 

Make sure the company (like New York Fingerprinting) has a physical business address preferably in a downtown business district

Make sure they are members of the Identifiaction Association IFA.

Make sure the company has a business phone number and not only a cell phone number.

Ask the company to guarantee in writing that the prints will be approved or retaken at no charge.

Ask about the companies track record and fingerprint acceptance rate.  Any company that has over a 10% rejection rate should not be considered

Why would my fingerprints be rejected?

Fingerprints may be rejected for many reasons, some of which are unavoidable.  As a policy New York Fingerprinting will reprint at no extra charge those persons who have been rejected.  Fingerprints are judged not classifiable and will be rejected for many reasons.  We have compiled a list of reasons why fingerprint rejection can occur. 

Please visit our fingerprint acceptance vs. rejection page here

What forms of ID do I need to get fingerprinted?

All persons being fingerprinted must have proof of identity (Government issued ie: drivers license, State ID or passport-no exceptions, company ID is not acceptable)

I heard of Live Scan or digital fingerprints. Can I have them instead?

Live scan fingerprinting systems are designed for ease of use and for capturing high quality fingerprint images, Live Scan is inkless electronic fingerprinting.  The fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the subscriber for completion of a criminal record check. The Live Scan technology replaces the process of recording an individual’s fingerprint pattern through a rolling process using ink.  Digitizing the fingerprint minutiae (the characteristics that make fingerprinting unique) enables the electronic transfer of the fingerprint image data in combination with personal descriptor information to central computers at the subscriber in a matter of seconds, instead of the days required to send hard copy fingerprint cards through the mail.
We offer live scan fingerprinting services at our office location.

When did fingerprinting for identification purposes begin?

The first year for the first known systematic use of fingerprint identification began in the United States is 1902. The New York Civil Service Commission established the practice of fingerprinting applicants to pre-vent them from having better qualified persons take their tests for them. The New York state prison system began to use fingerprints for the identification of criminals in 1903. In 1904 the fingerprint system accelerated when the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, and the St. Louis, Missouri, Police Department both established fingerprint bureaus. During the first quarter of the 20th century, more and more local police identification bureaus established fingerprint systems. The growing need and demand by police officials for a national repository and clearinghouse for fingerprint records led to an Act of Congress on July 1, 1921, establishing the Identification Division of the FBI.

In 1924 the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was established to pro-vide one central repository of fingerprints. When the Identification Division was established its purpose was to provide a central repository of criminal identification data for law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation. However, in 1933 the United States Civil Service Commission (now known as the Office of Personnel Management) turned the fingerprints of more that 140, 000 Government employees and applicants over to the FBI. Therefore, a Civil Identification Section was established. These innovations marked the initiation of the FBI's Civil File which was destined to dwarf the criminal files in size. In 1992 the Identification Division was re-established as the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS).
Why are fingerprints used for identification?

Fingerprint 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.

To schedule a fingerprinting appointment or to inquire about pricing, please contact us at (212) 227-0307 or via email in the contact us section
  


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