All You Need to Know about Digital Finger Printing

Digital finger printing is the electronic imaging of fingerprints. An optical scanner is used in the process.  Afterwards the fingerprint is formatted in the right electronic pack.  This data is sent to the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Information System (CCRTIS).  This is a relatively more efficient and new technology to collect fingerprints.  This is managed by CCRITS and RCMP. These fingerprints are compared against RCMP criminal record database.  If there is no match, the applicant will get a clearance certificate.

CCRIS maintains the records of criminal files of individuals.  And RCMP maintains a highly efficient Central Repository of fingerprints and criminal records information.

What is the Need for Fingerprints?

  • Many companies need fingerprints of their employees for background check.   They want to ensure the safety of their companies by matching fingerprints with the database.
  • You also need fingerprints for obtaining police clearance.
  • Fingerprints are also required to obtain security license.
  • People who want to apply for permanent residency in Canada or any other country also need fingerprints.
  • Fingerprints are required for name change.
  • For visa clearance.
  • For U.S. Waivers and border crossing.
  • Fingerprints are also required for employment in Municipal government, Canadian Police Force, Federal or Provincial.
  • If you want to apply for Record Suspension or Pardon service, fingerprints are required.

Ink and Roll or Digital fingerprint service: Which One is Better?

The ink and roll fingerprint method is widely used.  But, this method can take up to eight months.  This is a lengthy process.  But, there is a solution. Digital fingerprinting gives results in less than 14 days.  It is done in a confidential way.  Individual privacy and rights are not compromised at all.

FIPS offer reliable digital fingerprinting solutions. We will help you with our fast and affordable services. For more information please call us at Toronto – 416 663 3477 or Brampton- 905 497-3477.

How important is it to have a qualified person take your fingerprints?

A qualified fingerprint technician is extremely important when considering the right fingerprinting agency.  It would be prudent for anyone to research or inquiry about any fingerprint technician or agency to ensure that the people are qualified.

An acceptable ink and roll fingerprint impression should be dark gray in colour and free of smudges.  A fingerprint impression must obviously capture the centre of the pad of the finger or thumb with as many ridges as possible leading to the outside of the finger or thumb.  This is a relatively simple process for a technician who has years of experience.  A good or very good fingerprint impression is obvious to the naked eye.  Conversely, a poor fingerprint impression is extremely noticeable. Typically a fingerprint analyst would require two types of fingerprint impressions; a rolled impression and a flat impression.

It is imperative that these impressions are taken correctly to ensure a result.

Fingerprint impressions should be taken by qualified and experienced technicians to ensure positive results on the first attempt.

While fingerprints may vary in appearance, the impression on paper should not.  Never hesitate to ask a fingerprint technician his/her experience.