Faint Fingerprints

Faint Fingerprints

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    Faint Fingerprints

    My fingerprints have never been a problem for me either at the DMV or for my CHP in Colorado.

    However, my wife had to go back for a second time to get her fingerprints properly done for her CHP. Apparently her fingerprints are so faint that they have had difficulty in getting "good" fingerprints for their records. While discussing this, in our family, we also learned that she must have passed along this trait to our son. Yes, our son, also had the same experience when he went to get his CHP.

    It had not occurred to me that this kind of thin is a genetic trait that can and does get inherited but it is so.


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    It can happen, and there are environmental reasons that could be at work also in some cases. I once printed a guy who was a stone mason and he had no identifing ridges, swirls, loops, etc. They had all been worn off with hard work over time.
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    did they use ink or was it electronic?

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    My ridge detail is so weak the only way to get good prints is with ink, every time I renew my FL permit I have to submit a second fingerprint card.
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    I have been told that using Corn Huskers brand of lotion will help overcome this issue. My wife had the same problem initially, and on the second try used this lotion. Got her permit shortly after, so in her case, it worked. Maybe!

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    I second the use of Corn Huskers. When I was in the Military Police we would sometimes have to use it to get a good read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Once View Post
    did they use ink or was it electronic?
    It was the electronic version where they spray water on your fingers prior to taking an image of your fingerprints.

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    Don't worry about it. Soon it will be DNA or nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Don't worry about it. Soon it will be DNA or nothing.
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    I had my finger prints taken electronically and they would not show. The deputy put some kind of oil in my fingertips and they showed up real clear. As you age your prints do no show as good as when you were younger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Don't worry about it. Soon it will be DNA or nothing.
    Oy. The sad part is I suspect you're correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    My ridge detail is so weak the only way to get good prints is with ink, every time I renew my FL permit I have to submit a second fingerprint card.
    Interesting, i have exactly the opposite problem. My ridges are weak, and I can't ever get prints with ink. The only way to get them done is digital scans because the ink just turns into one oval shaped smudge for each finger.

    My home city PD had a digital reader, but the gal couldn't get it to work (when will agencies quit using Windows???) and did ink prints. I had to come back the next week to get digital scans done.

    I went to another agency (Sheriff) to do my prints for Arizona, and had an extra set printed (digital) which AZ took with no problem.

    I went to Oregon for my permit there, and they took ink. Two weeks later, I had to mail them my extra digital set that I made for AZ.

    When I went to Nevada, they did digital, and the first set was perfect.


    With all this traveling around the country to do fingerprints, what I have yet to figure out what good they do. Aren't they on file with the FBI when you submit prints for a background check? Can't they just pull those up, since they're already verifying ID and running a criminal check? I mean, I can see it when you do the first permit, but after that...
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    I was told my finger prints had nearly completely faded when I went to submit my CHP application. The lady doing the work on me asked if I played guitar or video games. Apparently it's quite common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by livewire View Post
    My home city PD had a digital reader, but the gal couldn't get it to work (when will agencies quit using Windows???) and did ink prints. I had to come back the next week to get digital scans done.
    Trying to start a Windows v. Apple war? That is almost as bad as a caliber war or IWB vs OWB vs AIWB vs CC vs OC. You should know better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southernwi View Post
    Oy. The sad part is I suspect you're correct.
    Yep, the new fingerprints of the 21st century. Don't even need a warrant to take a sample now.
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