National Fingerprint File (NFF)

National Fingerprint File (NFF)


A system and procedures designed as a component of the III system, which, when fully implemented, would establish a totally decentralized system for the interstate exchange of criminal history records.

The NFF will contain fingerprints of federal offenders and a single set of fingerprints on state offenders from each state in which an offender has been arrested for a felony or a serious misdemeanor.

Under the NFF concept, states will forward only the first-arrest fingerprints of an individual to the FBI accompanied by other identification data, such as name and date of birth. Fingerprints for subsequent arrests would not be forwarded. Disposition data on the individual would also be retained at the state repository and would not be forwarded to the FBI. Upon receipt of the first-arrest fingerprint cards (or electronic images), the FBI will enter the individual’s fingerprint impressions in the NFF and will enter the person’s name and identifiers in the III, together with an FBI Number and a State Identification (SID) Number for each state maintaining a record on the individual.

Charge and disposition information on state offenders will be maintained only at the state level, and state repositories will be required to respond to all authorized record requests concerning these individuals for both criminal justice and noncriminal justice purposes. States would have to release all data on record subjects for noncriminal justice inquiries regardless of whether the data could be released for similar purposes within the State.

The NFF has been implemented in eight States: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Montana, and Kansas.