County of Alameda

Fingerprint Examiner (#1283)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$34.61-$41.15 Hourly / $2,595.75-$3,086.25 BiWeekly /
$5,624.13-$6,686.88 Monthly / $67,489.50-$80,242.50 Yearly


Under general supervision of the Identification Supervisor in the Central Identification Bureau, to learn to perform the duties of classifying, registering, searching and identification of fingerprints in the Automated Fingerprint/Biometric Identification System (AFIS/ABIS); assist other city, county, state and federal agencies with fingerprint and identification work; and to do related work as required.


The classification of Fingerprint Examiner is an entry level classification in the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.  Fingerprint Examiners work under close supervision in the Central Identification Bureau (CIB) and receive on-the-job training.  This classification is distinguished from the next advanced level class of Senior Fingerprint Examiner in that the latter is responsible for handling the more complex and diversified fingerprint examiner transactions.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Classifies fingerprints by examining them with a magnifying glass to determine pattern types.
  2. Makes identification of subjects based on comparison of fingerprints using a magnifying glass and/or side-by-side fingerprint computer screen images.
  3. Operates and monitors facsimile, CAL-ID Systems including fingerprint card scanner, digital imaging and automated fingerprint identification systems.
  4. Evaluates and completes AFIS/ABIS processing of criminal and registrant fingerprint records and supporting documents.  Reviews fingerprint, data, and mugshot images for quality assurance, completes and files process logs, submits fingerprint records to state and federal agencies after local search.
  5.  Evaluates and processes deceased, local applicant fingerprint records, and specialized fingerprint searches through local AFIS/ABIS, forwarding fingerprint records to state and federal agencies as required.
  6. Documents system problems and contacts appropriate submitting agency personnel and/or service technicians as needed.
  7. Operates computer terminals to identify, collect, maintain, and retrieve offender fingerprint records including digital images and like identification records from various databases.
  8. Conducts manual and automated fingerprint record file searches, prepares, seals, and purges documents in all CAL-ID systems and County CORPUS/CRIMS, as required.
  9. Demonstrates continued proficiency in comparison and related processing.
  10. May perform criminal record corrections to maintain CAL-ID database records on fingerprint, data, and digital images.
  11. May assist with notifications to local, state, and federal agencies of fingerprint record sealing, purges, and corrections.
  12. Files fingerprints and maintains the manual fingerprint files.
  13. Prepares court documents and may testify in court regarding fingerprint identifications, system, and/or criminal fingerprint record processing.
  14. May assist Senior Fingerprint Examiners and/or Identification Supervisors with special non-criminal fingerprinting assignments.
  15.  Performs clerical tasks and prepares reports as required.
  16. May assist in completing monthly statistical reports as required.
  17. Perform other related duties as required.



The equivalent of one (1) year of full-time experience in the class of Clerk II or a higher-level clerical class in the Alameda County classified service.  


The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time clerical experience.  


One (1) full year of study in a Police Science curriculum from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the experience.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirements:

  1. Vision:  Using both eyes, must have far vision of at least 20/100 without glasses, correctable to 20/20 with glasses.  Must have near vision, as measured by optometric examination, sufficient to perform fingerprint identification, classification and related duties.
  2. Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds.
  3. Must be able to type 30 words per minute.
  4. Successful completion of a thorough background investigation.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Fingerprint classification and identification systems.
  • Alpha and alpha-numeric filing.
  • Windows-based computer programs.
  • Correct English usage.
  • Basic math.
  • Standard office practices and procedures.
Ability to:

  • Perform precise, demanding work with speed and accuracy.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Qualify to testify in a court of law.
  • Read, understand, interpret, and follow complex instructions.
  • Write legibly.
  • Memorize and apply complex definitions and rules.
  • Take initiative and use independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Compose clear, comprehensive correspondence.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a computer terminal.

Old doc:  0146h
New doc:  Jobspecs/1283.doc
CSC Date:  7/9/86
ID:sw Rev. 5/6/02
CSC Date:  6/19/02
SJ:cs  Revised 10/21/16
CSC Date: 1/4/17
EL:sa Revised 06/10/2020
CSC Date:01/25/2023


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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