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Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial, & Other Biometric Information (ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2007)



R. McCabe, Elaine M. Newton


Defines the content, format, and units of measurement for the exchange of fingerprint, palmprint, facial/mugshot, scar, mark, & tattoo (SMT), iris, and other biometric sample information that may be used in the identification or verification process of a subject. The information consists of a variety of mandatory and optional items, including scanning parameters, other recommended best practice image capture settings, related descriptive and record data, digitized fingerprint information and compressed or uncompressed images. This information is intended for interchange among criminal justice administrations or other organizations that rely on automated fingerprint (AFIS) and palmprint identification systems or use facial, SMT, iris, or other biometric data for identification purposes.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-271
Report Number


AFIS, biometrics, fingerprint, grayscale, image, iris, minutiae, mugshot, palmprint


McCabe, R. and Newton, E. (2007), Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial, & Other Biometric Information (ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2007), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created May 1, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017