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NIST Special Database 18

NIST Mugshot Identification Database (MID)


Please visit our dataset request website to download the data. Included in download:

The database contains both front and side (profile) views when available. Separating front views and profiles, there are 131 cases with two or more front views and 1418 with only one front view.

NIST Special Database 18 is being distributed for use in development and testing of automated mugshot identification systems.

The database consists of a total of 3248 images of variable size using PNG formatting with metadata TXT files corresponding to each per image.

There are images of 1573 individuals (cases) 1495 male and 78 female.

Profiles have 89 cases with two or more profiles and 1268 with only one profile. Cases with both fronts and profiles have 89 cases with two or more of both fronts and profiles, 27 with two or more fronts and one profile, and 1217 with only one front and one profile.

This NIST Special Database has the following features:

·3248 segmented 8-bit gray scale mugshot images (varying sizes) of 1573 individuals

·1333 cases with both front and profile views (see statistics above)

·131 cases with two or more front views and 89 cases with two or more profiles

·images scanned at 19.7 pixels per mm

Suitable for automated mugshot identification research, the database can be used for:

·algorithm development

·system training and testing

Please click here to view the PDF version of Users' Guide.

For more information on NIST Special Database 18 please contact:

Standard Reference Data Program
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Dr., Stop 6410
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6410
(844) 374-0183 (Toll Free) 

The scientific contact for this database is:

Face Data Liasion
Information Access Division  
National Institute of Standards and Technology

100 Bureau Drive,Stop 8940
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8940
face_data [at] (face_data[at]nist[dot]gov)


(1)The SUN workstation is identified in order to adequately specify or describe the subject matter of this announcement. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, nor does it imply that the equipment is necessarily the best available for the purpose.

Keywords: Front view, gray scale, identification, matching, mugshots, NIST, pairs, photograph recognition, picture recognition, profile.


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Created August 27, 2010, Updated December 2, 2020