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The DOD's Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is

a highly specialized biometric system that compares a submitted fingerprint record (usually of multiple fingers) to a database of records to determine the identity of an individual. AFIS is predominantly used for law enforcement, but is also being used for civil applications (e.g. background checks for soccer coaches, etc).[1]

AFIS scans and stores the digital representations of fingerprint and palm print images from inked or chemical cards.


  1. NSTC Subcommittee on Biometrics, Biometrics Glossary, at (Sept. 14, 2006) (full-text).

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