Fingerprints in figures

Number of hits in AFIS

The positive identification of a fingerprint in the AFIS database is called a ‘match’ or ‘hit’. A hit occurs when two prints stored in the database are proven to come from the same source. Fingerprint comparison can help to prove a person’s guilt or exonerate a suspect from a crime, provided that the fingerprints are of a good quality, the fingerprint experts are competent, and efficient processes and technologies are used.

Number of hits in 2022:  
Identification of individuals with the two-finger method: 65 676
Identification of individuals with the ten-finger method: 39 868
Trace identification (ten fingers, ball of the thumb, edge of the hand): 3 742

AFIS stores two-finger datasets, ten-finger datasets, datasets of the ball of the thumb and the side of the hands, and traces. As of 31 December 2022, the AFIS database contained the following volume of data:

  • Two-finger:
133 230
  • Ten-finger, ball of the thumb, side of the hand:
931 356
  • Traces:
150 810

To find out whether your fingerprints are stored in the AFIS database you can send a written inquiry to fedpol, stating your particulars and accompanied by a photocopy of your passport or identity card.

Last modification 11.05.2023

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