Deformed or missing fingers:
If the finger is deformed, every effort should be made to register the fingerprint in the rolled and plain fingerprint pads. A post-mortem kit, more commonly known as a spoon, can be used to help record these images. If the image cannot be saved, simply place a note in the fingerprint block (eg distorted, webbed) or electronically apply the Unable to Print (UP) code in data field 2.084.
Missing fingers are fingers that are physically present but cannot be registered at the time of capture due to injury. Each missing finger must be designated by a notation in the fingerprint block (eg bandaged, injured, crippled, paralyzed) or electronically apply the UP code in data field 2.084.
Completely amputated fingers:
An amputated finger occurs when the first knuckle of the finger is no longer physically present. Amputated fingers must be designated by a notation in the fingerprint block (eg, amp, missing at birth, severed) or electronically apply the code Amputated (XX) in the 2.084 data field.
Fingers amputated from the tip:
If part of the first seal is present, record the fingerprint pattern area available in the rolled and single fingerprint blocks.
When taking fingerprints from a person with an additional finger, register only the thumb and the next four fingers. Do not register the additional finger as a rolled or single fingerprint.
Record healed fingers in rolled and single impressions without scoring.
An individual, by the nature of his work or age, may have very fine or worn ridges in the pattern area. Apply light pressure and use very little ink to register these types of fingerprints. A technique known as “finger milking” can be used to lift the ridges of fingerprints before printing. This technique involves applying pressure or rubbing the fingers in a downward motion from the palm to the fingertips.
For more information on enrolling readable fingerprints or to request training, visit our website or contact the Customer Service Group at (304) 625-5590 or by email at [email protected] gov.