State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $35,041.00-$57,195.00 Yearly






A Fingerprint Technician is the full performance level of work in the classification, examination and identification of fingerprints.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Fingerprint Technician Supervisor.  Employees in this classification are assigned to day or evening shifts and are subject to call-in on a 24-hour basis.  Employees may occasionally be required to travel to field locations to take fingerprint impressions or to instruct others in the fingerprinting process.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Fingerprint Technician is differentiated from Fingerprint Technician Supervisor in that the Fingerprint Technician performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision while the Fingerprint Technician Supervisor has supervisory responsibility for Fingerprint Technicians.


Classifies fingerprints in order to file prints and locate prints for comparison;

Compares subject fingerprint impressions to fingerprints on file in order to establish whether or not the subject fingerprints are from the same individual as the prints on file;

Trains individuals in the procedure for taking inked fingerprint impressions;

Examines fingerprints received from outside sources for legibility and rejects illegible prints;

Separates State and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint cards in order to forward prints to the FBI;

May travel to schools, child-care centers and similar locations to take inked fingerprint impressions;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of modern methods and procedures used in fingerprint classification, examination and identification;

Skill in classifying fingerprints and in comparing subject fingerprints to fingerprints on file;

Ability to maintain accurate records;

Ability to work with the general public;

Ability to communicate effectively.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Six months of experience examining, classifying and searching fingerprints.

Note: Candidates may substitute experience in taking fingerprint impressions and classifying them on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Applicants for this classification are subject to a background investigation by the Maryland State Police before a permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction record may be grounds for rejection of the applicant by the hiring agency.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to call 24-hours a day and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit B- Administrative, Technical and Clerical classes.  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.  

Date Established

Jan 1 1991 12:00AM

Date Revised

March 1, 2019

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 004105; EST: 1/1/1991; REV: 3/1/2019;

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