How to reduce the risk your fingerprints will be rejected
Let’s begin by illustrating what a GOOD FINGERPRINT looks
like. It is important that the center of
the loop (circles) and the deltas (triangles) are legible.
Look below for fingerprints that would be rejected (unsuitable for conducting a criminal record background check). Reasons, why fingerprints are rejected, include:
- Pressed too lightly. (1)
- Pressed too hard. (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)
- Too much ink (may not be an issue if you don’t
press too hard). (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)
- Not enough ink covering entire fingertip (3, 7)
- Fingertip to warm/sweaty. (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
- Fingertip too dry. (7)
- Center loop and/or Deltas not legible. (All of
Question: Does each fingerprint need to be legible when requesting a background check in Canada?
However, to reduce the risk of rejection, it is useful if over half of
all fingerprints are legible.
Question: What do I do if my fingerprints are unclassified (i.e. it is impossible to obtain fingerprints that are legible)?
Answer: Check the following blog: Unclassified Fingerprints
Tips on How to Reduce the Risk Your Fingerprints will be Rejected
are many reasons why your fingerprints may be of poor quality or unclassified. They include:
- You have lots of wrinkles;
- Your fingerprint ridges are worn due to the type of work that you do;
- Your fingerprints are illegible due to medical condition;
- Your hands are very sweaty and cause your fingerprints to smudge easily;
- Your hands are very dry;
- Due to deformity, it was difficult to take clear fingerprints; or
- You have scars or missing fingers.
- Not enough
pressure was applied (fingerprint too light);
- Too much pressure
was applied (causing smudging);
- The fingerprint
agent only took partial fingerprints (e.g. did not roll enough left to right);
- Not enough ink
was placed on the fingertips (fingerprint too light).
- Too much ink was
placed on the fingertips (fingerprint too dark).
- If you have lots
of wrinkles, worn ridges or dry hands, moisturize a lot before your
- You can even
apply a generous amount of moisturizing cream to your hands before bed and
sleep with gloves on to allow the moisturizer to absorb throughout the
- Mix sugar with
moisturizing cream to add a bit of texture and massage your fingerprints
- If your hands are
sweaty, wipe them frequently while being fingerprinted. You can even cool them down in cold water or
hold onto an icepack before being fingerprinted. But, be sure your hands are
not wet when being fingerprinted.
- If your hands are
sweaty, use a rag to dry your fingertips frequently while you are being
- If you are tense,
try and relax your fingers and wrist when being fingerprinted. Be sure to let
the technician do all the work. If you
are having a hard time relaxing, practice taking fingerprints a few times
before you start having your fingerprints placed on the fingerprint form.
- If your
fingerprints are hard to take, be sure to ask for a senior fingerprint