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Welcome to the FBI Web site dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information regarding FBI biometric standards initiatives from the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Technology Evaluation Standards Test Unit.

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Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS)

  • Proper methods for federal, state, local, tribal and international stakeholders to communicate with the FBI
  • Transmission of biographic, biometric, and disposition information for purposes of criminal or civil identification
  • Sharing of identity history information when appropriate and approved
  • Upgrade from the Electronic Fingerprint Transmission Specification (EFTS) Version 7.1 to EBTS Version 8.1
    • For more information, please click 'EBTS' on the left bar.
  • New message structures to send fingerprint at 1000ppi, palmprint, face with subject acquisition profiles, scars, marks, and tattoos, and iris biometrics

The standards process evolves with the needs of the biometric community; it improves with community feedback.  Suggestions and questions are encouraged.  Please submit them via the Web site’s Comments Form.  In order to receive the latest updates and news, please sign up and Register for your convenience.

***Agencies transitioning from the EFTS to the new EBTS standard are encouraged to contact the FBI CJIS Biometric Services Sectionís Customer Service Group at (304) 625-5590, or via e-mail at [email protected] prior to implementation.

what's new

The MBGC (Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge) 2nd Workshop on December 5, 2008 is now online New
MBGC Web Site

The ELFT-EFS (FBI-sponsored NIST Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies: Extended Feature Sets) New
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EBTS 8.1 now approved by CJIS. New
This document specifies requirements to communicate electronically with the FBIís IAFIS.
EBTS 8.1

Mobile ID Work Group Activities New
Mobile ID Web Site

ANSI/NIST ITL 1-2007 is NIST Special Publication 500-271
Part 1 and more

ANSI/NIST ITL 2-2008 is NIST Special Publication 500-275
Part 2 and more

FBI Biometric Center of Excellence
The FBI provided this briefing August 20, 2008 during the International Association for Identification Conference

SMT Action Paper V0721

The Registry of USG Recommended Biometric Standards was approved on June 5th
Biometric Standards Registry

Posted  Initial Draft February 14, 2008
EBTS 8.001 XML Information Exchange Package (zip file)
- Draft EBTS 8.001 XML Specification
- FBI-EBTS XML Schemas and Samples

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