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Latent Print Services

The Next Generation Identification (NGI) latent services provide authorized criminal justice agencies with the ability to search latent fingerprints and palmprints left at crime scenes against a national biometric repository with improved accuracy and access to event-based criminal, civil, and unsolved latent biometrics. The NGI provides enhanced cascade services of the Unsolved Latent File to include criminal, authorized civil, and inquiry-only biometric submissions to produce new investigative leads within unsolved cases.

A Practical Guide for Palm Print Capture

The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) palmprint and supplemental print (i.e., lower joints and extreme tips of the fingers) searching capabilities are now operational. Please note that the PALMPRINT CARD FD-884 (REV. 7-2-10) and the SUPPLEMENTAL FINGER AND PALMPRINT CARD FD-884a (REV. 7-2-10) have been revised and may be ordered at no charge from the FBI by contacting the Fingerprint Supply Center at 304-625-3983 or by visiting

To increase accuracy, please review "A Practical Guide for Palm Print Capture" when capturing and submitting palm & supplemental prints to the FBI. This guide can also be used as a reference tool to provide visual aid to agencies in order to show what proper palmprint submissions should look like. For more information, please contact

ULW Software

The Universal Latent Workstation (ULW) is interoperable and interactive software for latent print examiners. The software improves the exchange and search of latent friction ridge images involving various Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and the FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system with a single encoding. This software is provided at no cost to authorized criminal justice agencies.

Please note that ULW Software, by itself, does not establish connectivity/message routing to Automated Biometric Systems, either foreign or domestic. The ULW simply formats a latent print into an FBI EBTS compliant format for searching against many vendor systems.

Current: ULW Version 6.4.1

Additional Links

NGI WebSite
Biometric Center of Excellence