Crime Records Service

Automated Fingerprint Indentification System (AFIS)

The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is a biometric identification methodology that employs technology to automate the processing of arrest and applicant fingerprint card reporting to the DPS. The result is a system capable of processing a fingerprint submission in a fraction of the time it takes using the manual process. AFIS also provides the DPS and local criminal justice agencies with a significant crime-fighting tool; namely, the ability to search latent fingerprints found at crime scenes against the fingerprint database of persons previously arrested in the state. A network of over 50 remote input devices placed at local police departments and sheriffs’ offices throughout the State of Texas extends these functions to local law enforcement. Criminal justice agencies inquiring about this process should email AFIS_CJIS@dps.texas.gov.

The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, more commonly known as IAFIS, is a national fingerprint and criminal history system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. The IAFIS maintains the largest biometric database in the world, containing the fingerprints and corresponding criminal history information for more than 47 million subjects.