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Fingerprint Technician I - Citywide (8249)

Recruitment: REF21841M

Published: January 30, 2023


Anna Duong -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 8249-Fingerprint Technician I
Salary range: $69,108.00 - $84,032.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment, as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our City's commitment to heighten the quality of life for the diverse population of San Franciscans and residents of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our City what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco.

Specific information regarding this recruitment process are listed below:

  • Application Opening: January 30, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Apply immediately, announcement may close anytime after March 3, 2023.
  • Compensation: $67,418 - $81,978
  • Recruitment ID: CBT-8249-126813

Role description

Under general supervision, the Fingerprint Technician I takes fingerprints using Live Scan System or inked impressions, and photographs using Digital Mug Shot System and performs other related duties as required. Essential functions of the job are: fingerprinting prisoners and other individuals; taking palm prints; interviewing incarcerated persons and other individuals; documenting demographic and other vital information; classifying fingerprints; searching fingerprints using Automated Fingerprint Identification System; assigning tracking numbers; taking photographs of incarcerated persons and other individuals; checking names of individuals fingerprinted and photographed on computer databases; transmitting fingerprint and other identification information to Department of Justice; reviewing incoming data sheets; interacting with other law enforcement agencies; and typing correspondence and forms.

Positions Located at the Police Department:

  • Searches fingerprints using Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)  for comparison and identification purposes.
  • Assigns appropriate tracking number for identification and record keeping.
  • Classifies pattern types on fingerprint cards according to techniques prescribed in AFIS.
  • Takes photographs of Police Department employees using digital mug shot system for identification and record keeping purposes.
  • Checks the names of individuals fingerprinted and photographed, on computer database for outstanding warrants and registrations of sex, narcotics and arson offenders.
  • Transmits fingerprint and other identification information to Department of Justice via NATMS (Network AFIS Transaction Management System) for criminal identification purpose.   
  • Searches fingerprint information forwarded from the Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner to identify the deceased and to determine if the person has a criminal record with San Francisco Police Department.
  • Interacts with other law enforcement agencies to exchange fingerprint and other relevant identification information.
  • Retrieves fingerprint and other relevant information from bureau files or computer database for authorized individuals and agencies.
  • Reviews fingerprint and other bureau identification files on a routine basis for eliminating obsolete records.
  • Types correspondence and forms using computer or typewriter.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Positions Located at the Sheriff’s Office:

  • Fingerprints incarcerated persons and other individuals using Live Scan system or inked impression for identification, comparison and record keeping purposes.
  • Takes palm prints using manual rolling process, for identification, comparison and record keeping purposes.
  • Interviews incarcerated persons and other individuals to obtain demographic and vital statistics information, i.e., height, weight, date of birth, place of birth and identifying marks.
  • Documents demographic and other relevant information by entering the information into the computer database and on a log sheet.
  • Takes photographs of incarcerated persons using digital mug shot system for identification and record keeping purposes.
  • Reviews incoming CII and FBI "rap sheets" from Federal and State law enforcement agencies for duplicate tracking numbers.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

How to qualify


  1. Six (6) months (1040 hours) of verifiable experience as a fingerprint technician in a governmental law enforcement agency where the principal duties of the position included taking fingerprints, classifying, and searching of files; OR
  2. Completion of a one semester college level accredited course in classification and identification of fingerprints with a minimum grade of "C" or equivalent. OR
  3. Completion of an equivalent training course in fingerprint identification from a Vocational Training Program; AND
  4. Ability to type at 25 words per minute with no more than 10% error rate. 

Verification of Education and Experience: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hours work week.) Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.


Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): (Weight Qualifying)

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Multiple Choice Examination: (Weight 60%)

Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the multiple choice examination, designed to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas. The multiple choice examination component may include but not be limited to: Recent and verifiable analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification (ACE-V) experience; Knowledge of inked impressions procedures and fingerprint classification procedures; Ability to type 25 WPM using computer keyboard/typewriter to input and retrieve data and to complete forms

Written Examination: (Weight 40%)

Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the written performance examination, designed to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas. The written performance examination component may include but not be limited to: Recent and verifiable analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification (ACE-V) experience; Knowledge of inked impressions procedures and fingerprint classification procedures; Ability to write in a clear, concise and logical manner to complete forms and to draft correspondence; Ability to type 25 WPM using computer keyboard/typewriter to input and retrieve data and to complete forms.

The Multiple Choice Examination and Written Exam will be administered on a computer using a keyboard and mouse. The Multiple Choice and Written Examinations will be administered at the same time. 

This is a standardized written multiple-choice examination. In accordance with Civil Services Rule 111.11.4, inspection privileges do not apply to the questions and answers in this examination.

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the examination in order to be placed on the resulting eligible list.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Date(s) of Examination: Only those applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be notified of the exact date, time and place to report to the examination. Invited applicants must bring a photo ID to be admitted to the exam. All materials and supplies for applicant use during the test will be provided. Devices such as cell phones, smart watches, and cameras are prohibited from the test room and will be collected prior to the test.

Requests for an alternative test date may be considered in limited circumstances, with proper documentation, and must be submitted to the analyst within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

Background Investigation: Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department or San Francisco Sheriff's Office, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of  controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo  drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

What else should I know?

Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please see .

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Recruiter Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Human Resources analyst, Anna Duong at

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) job applicants would need to provide official verification consistent with the City's COVID-19 policy they are "Fully Vaccinated/Full Vaccination" before they can advance to the required Background Process phase of the recruitment process. "Fully Vaccinated" and "Full Vaccination" mean two weeks after completing the entire recommended series of vaccination (usually one or two doses) with a vaccine authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the FDA, including by way of an emergency use authorization, or by the World Health Organization (WHO). For example, an individual would be fully vaccinated at least two weeks after receiving a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. This SFPD specific COVID-19 vaccination applicant requirement supersedes the City's general COVID-19 vaccination new hire requirement.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.