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Extended Feature Set Profile Specification



Melissa Taylor, Will Chapman, Austin Hicklin, George Kiebuzinski, John Mayer-Splain, Rachel Wallner, Peter Komarinski


This specification defines Extended Feature Set (EFS) Profiles - sets of features to be used in latent friction ridge (fingerprint, palmprint or plantar) searches of automated friction ridge identification systems (AFIS). The EFS Profiles are designed to be interoperable among AFIS systems from different vendors and to enable cross-jurisdictional searches that would not otherwise be practical. Multiple EFS Profiles are defined to allow for tradeoffs between examiner time and search accuracy. EFS Profiles also may be used simply to document latent friction ridge features, such as for potential use in legal proceedings or exchange between latent examiners, and need not be for AFIS matching purposes.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1134
Report Number


AFIS, fingerprint, forensic science, interoperability, latent print, palmprint, forensics


Taylor, M. , Chapman, W. , Hicklin, A. , Kiebuzinski, G. , Mayer-Splain, J. , Wallner, R. and Komarinski, P. (2013), Extended Feature Set Profile Specification, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 25, 2024)


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Created January 13, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018