Fingerprint Services

Fingerprint Services
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The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is a computerized fingerprint identification system where the operator is capable of entering, searching, and establishing both ten-print and latent fingerprint identifications.  The search is sent via modem to the Department of Public Safety database in Austin, Texas.  A single fingerprint developed from a crime scene can be searched through the entire database at the state level and a positive identification established.  Tied to AFIS is Live Scan, a computer system that scans the fingerprints of prisoners instead of having to use the traditional ink and paper.  Once the prisoner's fingerprints are scanned, the Live Scan system will automatically transmit the fingerprints, along with other descriptive data, to the Department of Public Safety in Austin.  Live Scan is very useful for positively identifying prisoners who either refuse to divulge their identity or give a fictitious name.

AFIS has the ability to print out detailed results of the searches it can perform. Above are the results of a match between the fingerprint that we were trying to identify (the print on the left) and the same fingerprint stored in the Texas Department of Public Safety database. This capability greatly enhances the chances of identifying prisoners who refuse to reveal their identities or provide one that is fictitious.

Crime Scene Investigators are responsible for examining all evidence, including but not limited to vehicles, guns, and documents for latent fingerprints (fingerprints left behind after touching an object) and for comparing known prints to the latent prints in an attempt to identify a suspect.  The investigator must keep abreast of the latest techniques for the development of latent fingerprints, including chemical formulas, alternate light sources (lasers) and photographic techniques that may enhance the latent fingerprint being developed.  A fingerprint is the most positive form of identification and is powerful evidence when presented to a jury during a court trial.  The investigator is also trained to examine evidence for blood, hair, soil, and fibers in an attempt to link a suspect to a crime.

Below is a photo of a latent print (left) as compared to an ink print (right).

Latent Print Examiner and Technical Leader Mark Wright is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and a Board Member of the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification (TDIAI).  Sergeant Wright is a Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) through the International Association for Identification (IAI).

Our office performs rolled fingerprints for various application requirements such as concealed handgun permits (with the exception of Texas), insurance and securities licenses, adoption, and many other purposes. If you need to have rolled fingerprints, you may do so in the Identification Section office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only.  The fee for fingerprinting is $10 for up to 2 fingerprint cards and $5 for every card thereafter. You must have CASH, exact change preferred.  The Identification Section cannot provide change or accept personal checks, so please come prepared. A valid photo ID is required at the time of your appointment.

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ID/Crime Lab Section
100 North Loop 336 
Conroe, TX  77301

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

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Phone: (936) 522-4548
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