Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Accurate Biometrics provides the service, speed and accuracy you need in FBI background checks

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Personal FBI background checks can be requested by individuals through a Departmental Order 556-73. Accurate Biometrics is a leader in providing personal fingerprint-based background checks. In 2011, we were the first FBI Channeler approved to submit Departmental Orders to the FBI, allowing individuals to obtain an Identity History Summary Report, also simply known as an FBI “self-check”.

This FBI self-check is a way to review one’s record, to make sure the information is accurate and up-to-date. An individual can then take steps to challenge and update their record information. An FBI record check can also be used to prove that one does not have a criminal history record.

FBI fingerprint-based background checks are increasingly used by U.S. Citizens and permanent residents as they desire to live, work, teach or study abroad. Many countries such as China, South Korea, Australia, South Africa and Spain are now requiring FBI background checks to fulfill visa requirements. We have processed fingerprint cards from over 90 countries.

FBI background checks are also used for legal requirements, international child adoption for example, and other court related matters.

Accurate Biometrics offers a variety of service options to fit your needs. We can capture your prints with electronic live scan technology. We are able to process FBI fingerprint cards received by mail or expedited delivery. Card scans are usually processed the same day received. Online electronic results are usually available in minutes. Mailed results are sent out within one business day. Our services are much faster and more cost efficient than direct FBI submission.

Accurate Biometrics’ FBI background check service includes:

  • Smart, proprietary software that ensures fingerprint quality standards before prints are submitted. Our fingerprint quality far exceeds the FBI standard and industry average.
  • Electronic submissions are processed instantly. Mailed fingerprint cards are processed within 24 hours of receipt.
  • Results are available through our online portal within 24 hours, but often within minutes after direct FBI submission.
  • Optional mail or expedited delivery options are available for a print copy of results on secure, watermarked paper.
  • A tracking number is provided for mail or expedited delivery of print results.
  • A customer service center is available to offer assistance via phone, chat, or e-mail.

Accurate Biometrics is expert at helping people navigate the background check process. We are a trusted live scan fingerprint provider with nearly 20 years of experience. Let us help you navigate the background check process. Call our Customer Support team at 866-361-9944 if you have any questions, or email us at

To learn more or get started on your personal background check, visit:

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Understanding the FBI Identity History Summary Check (IdHS)

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What is an FBI Identity History Summary Check?

An FBI Identity History Summary (IdHS) check, also commonly known as a Criminal History Report (CHRI) or “Rap Sheet”, contains information submitted to the FBI related to arrests, and in some cases, federal employment, naturalization or military service. It may also include sex offender registry information and other information.

If the information is related to an arrest, the IdHS report contains the date of the arrest, the arrest charge and the disposition of the arrest, if known and reported. The information in the IdHS report is taken from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other information reported by authorized criminal justice agencies, including State, Federal, and other contributors, including other countries.

A U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73, commonly called a Departmental Order, allows you to obtain a copy of your IdHS report for review, or to prove that one does not exist (that you do not have a criminal record). Other common reasons for requesting a Departmental Order include to meet a requirement to live, work or travel abroad; or to adopt a child.

What type of information is contained in the FBI IdHS criminal history report?

An FBI IdHS report or “Rap Sheet” contains information from agencies who report about arrests; interim and final court dispositions (if known); and warrant and wanted information. Arrest information includes the name of the arresting agency, arrest date, the charge, the name of the individual, and the individual's date-of-birth and other personal identifiers. Arrest information is fingerprint-based. An arrested individual’s fingerprints are retained by the FBI as part of the arrest record.

The rap sheet may include final and interim court disposition information and other criminal and/or civil event information. Criminal events may include items such as a filing decision from a States Attorney's office, or custody information from the Department of Corrections, or warrant and wanted information. A Civil event may include information such as a restraining order of protection. Again, this information can come from State, Federal and other contributors, including other countries. The report should not contain expunged criminal data events.

IdHS Record Access Restrictions

An IdHS report may be requested by an authorized recipient, permitted access through state or federal law (such as bank employees, or those who protect vulnerable populations) to verify an applicant for employment or licensing. Entities authorized to request FBI record information must notify the individual being fingerprinted that their prints will be used to check FBI criminal history records. A criminal history record may be used solely for the purpose for which it was requested and may not be shared outside the purpose for which it was intended.

If FBI record information disqualifies an individual from employment or licensing, the applicant has the right to review, complete, or challenge the accuracy of the information. An applicant should not be denied employment or licensing on the basis of information from an FBI report until an applicant has had a reasonable amount of time to correct or complete the information, or has declined to do so.

To Correct or Update an FBI IdHS Report

To review your criminal history for accuracy you can request a personal background check, a Departmental Order 556-73, from Accurate Biometrics. Click here

For example, if there were charges brought against you that were dismissed, the FBI record would not be updated until the agency that reported and owns the original information reported to the FBI,  forwards  the “dismissal” update to the FBI. After reviewing your report, if there is information that needs to be updated or corrected, your first step would be to contact the agency that submitted the information to the FBI.

For State information, most states require that changes to the IdHS record be processed through their State Identification Bureau (SIB). Click here for the FBI list of SIBs.

To request a change or update to Federal information, you can submit a challenge request electronically, or you can submit a written request to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) department.

An individual also may want to seek the help of a lawyer, for example with charges reported by other countries, or in the case of severe criminal charges.

Why Choose Accurate Biometrics?

Accurate Biometrics has nearly 20 years of fingerprinting service experience. We were one of the first companies nationally to submit fingerprints to a State AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) for non-criminal justice history record checks. In 2011, we became the first FBI channeler to successfully submit Departmental Orders to FBI, permitting individuals to obtain expedited FBI Identity History Summary Reports also known as FBI “self” checks. Today, we continue to be a leader in the fingerprint industry with our technological capabilities, expertise and dedicated service to state, local, and federal agencies; private industry; and individuals.

Should you need any assistance, please visit our website at:, now offering live chat functionality, or contact one of our Customer Support Team at our toll free number: (866) 361-9944.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

AI and biometrics to add security, speed border crossing for European travelers

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Traffic through border crossing points of European Union (EU) countries is on the rise. Over 700 million people enter the EU each year. This puts increasing pressure on border control agencies that must adhere to strict security protocols while trying to keep traffic moving smoothly. 

The EU-funded iBorderCtrl (Intelligent Portable Border Control System) project is a two-step process designed to make land border crossings fast and convenient, while increasing security. The technology used includes an automatic deception detection system, biometrics verification (including fingerprinting and facial and palm vein scanning), document authentication and a hidden human detection tool (for vehicles).

In the first step, before travel, travelers register and upload required documentation to an online system using a mobile phone, tablet or personal computer. Travelers are asked a series of questions by an avatar. Their facial micro-expressions are analyzed to determine whether or not they are lying. Potentially illegal crossings are flagged so that border control can conduct a more detailed check.

The second step occurs at the border. Travelers flagged as low risk undergo a brief re-evaluation of their documentation, and a biometric check for identity verification. If the traveler is arriving by passenger vehicle, an additional vehicle check is done.

Trials of the iBorderCtrl system are set to begin soon at border crossings in 3 EU countries: Greece, Latvia and Hungary. In the next 6 months, the new technology will be tested at 4 different crossing points in a variety of scenarios: train, vehicle, pedestrian, etc.

Science: AI-controlled checks to spice up safety and velocity up visitors at EU borders 

By Denis Bedoya, Jan. 14, 2019, for | Science

iBorderControl (Intelligent Portable Border Control System)

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Monday, January 7, 2019

New report on data breach fraud security and protection strategies

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While creative hackers are experimenting with 3D printers to create fingerprints and facial models to fool biometric authentication, a serious growing threat for business is the breaching of cloud stored data. 

In a Computerworld interview on data breach forecasting, Michael Bruemmer VP of Data Breach Resolution at Experian shares that breaches can occur simply due to mis-configured security settings. He points out that just as you would not store the keys to a safe right next to the safe, encryption keys for cloud access should not be stored next to the data they are to protect. 

For business, multi-layered protections, such as biometrics and passwords, are recommended along with changing up security protocols periodically.

Mr. Bruemmer also gives important anti-fraud security tips for individuals, at home or at work…

  • Don’t use public Wi-Fi.
  • Create complex passwords. Use a password repository so that you don’t have to rely on your memory.
  • Don’t click on links.
  • Be wary answering phone calls from unknown callers. If a fraudster recorded your voice saying “yes,” it could be used to spoof your approval of a bank transaction or wire transfer.
  • Shred important documents.
  • Don’t use a debit card for shopping. They may be linked to more than one account, including a line of credit. If you use a credit card with a smaller limit instead, you usually have the extra protection of zero or limited liability in an instance of credit card fraud.
  • Don’t share your work device with anyone else, whether a computer, tablet or phone.

Q&A: Experian exec says biometrics won’t save you from mobile hacks

By Lucas Mearian, Senior Reporter, Computerworld, published Dec. 31, 2018 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Surprising number of Americans board flights without proper ID

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In a survey of 1000 people conducted by Wakefield Research for Acuant, 60% of Americans reported that they were able to board a plane without a government issued photo ID. One respondent admitted being able to board with a Costco membership card and a credit card.

Here are some of the fascinating findings:

• 60% adults have passed airport security without proper ID
• 43% have boarded flights with credit cards, marriage licenses, club cards as proof of ID
• 60% of Millennials reported using an unapproved ID to get through airport security. 

Millennials are more likely than Baby Boomers or Gen Xers to want to use an alternate form of ID.

A majority of those surveyed feel using biometrics for identification will improve travel:

• 59% feel using biometrics at TSA security check points will improve safety with identification accuracy
• 56% feel using biometrics will improve speed and efficiency at security lines
• 85% of Millennials would be comfortable using biometrics for airport security. This is greater than Baby Boomers or Gen Xers coming in at 76-74%.

Many adults are open to alternate forms of ID. Nearly half of respondents would be content using an ePassport (containing biometric information), or a digital ID (that could be presented on a smart phone). 

Airport and airlines are on track with using biometrics to help smooth and speed passenger to gate flow; 77% of airports and 71% of airlines are planning programs or RD in biometric ID management. Many experts believe that using biometric technology can make air travel a smoother, less stressful experience. Imagine traveling easily, safely, without having to find or present an ID.

Click to view an infographic of the research.

Up in the Air: Americans Board Planes without Government Issued Identification

Acuant Corp. Blog, posted Nov. 14, 21018

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Illinois driver's licenses still valid for air travel

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Oct. 10, 2018 is the original date for Illinois' compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements for Real ID, but Illinois has been granted an extension to June 1, 2019. Once Illinois is determined to be in compliance, the deadline for actually having a Real ID card moves to October 2020. Real ID cards are expected to be available in Illinois starting in Spring 2019.

Not everyone will need a Real ID card. The most common need for Real ID cards is air travel; you will need a Real ID to board a plane. Real ID cards will also be required to visit a military base or a secure Federal facility. 

Illinois has begun compliance with DHS Real ID requirements by moving to a centralized driver’s license (DL) application process. When someone applies for a new DL, they receive a temporary paper DL/ID valid for 90 days. For air travel, they also get their current DL back with a hole punch in it. After fraud checks, an enhanced DL/ID with additional visible and embedded security features is returned via US mail within 15 business days.

To apply for a Real IL, proof of identity is required. Applicants will need multiple forms of identity including a birth certificate or passport, proof of a Social Security Number, and two documents that prove current residency.

Thirty-six states and Puerto Rico are currently compliant. To see a map of Real ID State compliance status, visit:

For more information about the Real ID program, visit the Department of Homeland Security FAQ page here:

State says Illinois driver’s licenses still valid for boarding planes

By Doug Finke, State Capitol Bureau, Sept. 12, 2018, The State Journal Register, online

(IL) Driver's License/State ID Card Central Issuance 

Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, online

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Spotlight on a Favorite Customer

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Customer Spotlight:

O.S. Owen is one of our favorite customers helping to make a difference for young children in Chicago Public Schools. O.S. is the Chicago Volunteer Recruitment Specialist for the AARP Foundation Experience Corps in Chicago. 

AARP Foundation EC is an intergenerational volunteer-based program that has senior citizens mentoring/tutoring kids in economically disadvantaged areas of the city. The program is proven to help children reading below grade level to become great readers by the end of third grade. 

O.S. personally escorts ALL his applicants to our Loop office and is “the nicest man ever”! O.S. can be reached at