Records Testimony Program

Records Testimony Program

Records Testimony Program

BSS SealThe Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) offers a Records Testimony Program for authorized law enforcement entities. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies can request an FBI certified tenprint examiner to provide written and/or verbal expert fingerprint testimony in connection with a court case.

The CJIS Biometrics Services Section (BSS) has a start-to-finish process in place to handle records testimony requests which includes certified and qualified examiners, training, equipment, standard operating manual for policies and procedures, chain of custody, multi-media productions for audio/visual needs, and logistics for mailing/handling evidence.

Requirements

All requests for records testimony must contain the following minimum information:

  • Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) of requesting agency;
  • Name and address of requesting agency;
  • Name and official title of requestor (this individual/agency will receive a copy of the report);
  • Contact information (telephone, fax, office address, cell);
  • Name and contact information (telephone, fax, office address, cell) for the Assistant United State’s Attorney or State’s Attorney (who will receive the original report);
  • Subject’s name;
  • FBI number (if available);
  • Tenprint fingerprint evidence to be examined (CJIS will not handle latent fingerprint evidence).

Requests for records testimony are accepted via telephone, electronic communication, fax, e-mail, and/or U. S. mail.  If using mail or fax, please use your agency’s letterhead for the request.

Important Information

The BSS requires a minimum of seven business days to prepare a written and/or verbal testimony. Written testimony may provide sufficient evidence for any future court proceedings; however, if it becomes necessary for a certified tenprint examiner (CTPE) to provide verbal testimony in court, please contact the Strategy and Planning Team as soon as possible.

Contact Information

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Strategy and Planning Team
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306
Telephone: (304) 625-2540
Fax: (304) 625-3571
E-mail: david.cotton@ic.fbi.gov