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Fingerprints have been used as a means of identification for over 100 years and are unique to every individual.

Fingerprints are made up of an intricate system of ridges which creates an uneven surface on the palms of the hand and soles of the feet. It's the arrangement of the ridges and their certain unique properties which a Fingerprint Examiner and Tenprint Identification Officer (TIO) will use to make the identification.

This section will help you to understand how fingerprints develop and the processes used to provide verification of identity.