IAFIS Law and Legal Definition

IAFIS is the abbreviation for Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, ( IAFIS) is a national fingerprint and criminal history system maintained in the U.S. by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. The IAFIS provides automated fingerprint search capabilities, latent search capabilities, electronic image storage, and electronic exchange of fingerprints and responses, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The electronic submission of fingerprints allows agencies to receive electronic responses within two hours for criminal purposes and within 24 hours for civil fingerprint submissions. Many states in the U.S. have their own automated fingerprint identification systems.