The Cal-ID Bureau is responsible for maintaining
the computerized fingerprint database AFIS (Automated Fingerprint
Live scan devices, used to capture fingerprints taken at the time a person is booked, are located in each Sheriff and
police department jail in the county. These devices transmit fingerprints taken during the booking process and electronically direct them to AFIS.
The AFIS computer searches and compares them to prints already in the database.
Although it’s an automated process, some records require manual evaluation of the print quality by Cal-ID staff.
Since identifying criminals is our primary responsibility, our staff focuses on processing these records in a timely matter.
Once the local process is complete, the records are electronically sent to the California Department of Justice. DOJ searches and
registers these booking prints in their databases and transmits the prints and records to the FBI’s database.
Another primary responsibility of Cal-ID is to
identify the deceased for the Coroner's office. Staff also assist agencies such
as the California Highway Patrol and District Attorney, and they search and compare
fingerprints of registrants and applicants to those prints on file in the AFIS