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Proprietary Fingerprint Template (PFT) III

Test Results | Mailing List | Test Plan (PDF)  and API


Proprietary Fingerprint Template (PFT) III is a fingerprint technology evaluation exploring the performance and accuracy of proprietary fingerprint templates as used in one-to-one matching. Proprietary templates are a type of file that stores the features of a fingerprint in a way that can only understood by the file's creator. This is contrast to a standardized fingerprint template, which can be understood by any standards-compliant technology, as evaluated by NIST's MINEX Program. Proprietary templates can also be used in one-to-many search, as evaluated in NIST's FpVTE Program.


  1. Fill out the request for the dataset agreement to receive the validation dataset.
  2. Wrap your algorithm in the PFT III application programming interface (API), and build it as a shared library.
  3. Follow the instructions in validation to ensure the output of your algorithm meets NIST's testing requirements.
  4. Sign, date, and scan the evaluation agreement. Physically mail the signed agreement to NIST.
  5. Upload the signed and encrypted output of validation, your public encryption key, and your signed evaluation agreement via the NIST PFT submission form.


PFT III is the active, ongoing technology evaluation from NIST in support of one-to-one proprietary template matching. Previously, NIST conducted other one-to-one proprietary fingerprint template evaluations:


Created May 7, 2019, Updated August 26, 2022