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Automated Fingerprint Identification Section

Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters
Henry J. Daily Building
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Suite 1080
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-4081
Fax: (202) 724-5491

The mission of the Automated Fingerprint Identification Section (AFIS) is to identify individuals arrested in the District of Columbia by fingerprints and provide forensic support to the members of the Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. AFIS provides technical expertise in prisoner and applicant fingerprint processing and other fingerprint related requests.

Hours of Operation

AFIS is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services and Operations

Some of the key services provided by the AFIS include the following:

  • 24/7 criminal livescan processing
  • Applicant livescan processing
  • Manual processing
  • Deceased prints and hospital cases
  • Records Branch requests that include:
    • Sealing arrest records
    • Consolidations
    • Expungements
    • Fingerprint Cards
    • Arrest photos
  • Maintaining criminal records files
  • Training

Other services offered:

  • Community Outreach. Members of the AFIS provide live demonstrations and lectures at churches, DC public schools and PSA meetings, upon request and based on availability. Lectures are routinely conducted to educate our internal and external customers on the myriad services provided by the AFIS.
  • Tours. Tours are given to law enforcement and other related agencies.


The MorphoTrak livescan machine creates digital fingerprints that are sent electronically to be analyzed and compared by Fingerprint Examiners for our Criminal and Applicant processes.

Fingerprint Examiners compare manually inked fingerprints against fingerprints either live or deceased and against unknown prints from the Medical Examiners Office.


The 24/7 Criminal Livescan Processing and the Applicant Processing determine whether or not:

  • The arrestee has a previous arrest or if it is the first time
  • The applicant has a previous arrest or if it is the first time
  • AFIS cannot determine the identity of an unknown deceased that has no previous arrests.

The Fingerprint Analysis Branch, AFIS serves are the custodian of records and is responsible for submitting felony arrests to the Federal Bureau of Identification.

Requesting Information and Examinations

Authorized personnel (law enforcement, legal personnel, etc.) may request print cards and photos by completing and submitting a PD70 Background Check form to:

Automated Fingerprint Identification Section
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 1080
Washington, DC 20001