State of Maryland


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






A Fingerprint Specialist I is the entry level of work examining, classifying and identifying fingerprints; verifying fingerprint matches; and entering pertinent information into the automated fingerprint identification system.  Employees in various other classifications may obtain and administratively process fingerprint impressions; however, Fingerprint Specialists are differentiated from other classifications in that their duties include responsibility for examining, classifying and identifying fingerprints.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive close supervision from a Fingerprint Specialist Supervisor. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in on a 24 hour basis.  Employees may be assigned to day, evening, or night shifts which may include holidays and weekends.  Employees may be required to travel to field locations to take fingerprint impressions. This work may be performed in a correctional setting.

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 Specialist I and Fingerprint Specialist II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Fingerprint Specialist I learns to perform duties under close supervision while the Fingerprint Specialist II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Learns to review electronic reproductions of fingerprints of arrestees taken by other persons such as correctional, law enforcement and clerical staff;

Learns to identify the basic types of fingerprint classification patterns and enters the appropriate information into the automated fingerprint identification system;

Learns to review potential fingerprint matches generated by the computer and determine if prints are identical;

Learns to obtain from and provide information to outside criminal justice agencies pertaining to fingerprints and fingerprint records;

Learns to operate computers and electronic scanning devices and use the manual card and file systems;

Learns to inspect inked fingerprints to determine if they are sufficiently legible for identification and to complete timely records checks;

Learns to file and retrieve fingerprints and identifying information using the classification and filing system;

May learn to obtain fingerprints using both the manual ink method and electronic scanning devices;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of modem office equipment and procedures;

Knowledge of computers or the procedures by which fingerprints are obtained, classified and retrieved;

Ability to observe and recognize minutiae used in the classification, filing and retrieval of fingerprints;

Ability to maintain accurate records;

Ability to work with the general public;

Ability to communicate effectively and work well with co-workers.


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

Experience: One year of experience performing general office work using computers or one year of experience in classifying, filing and retrieving fingerprints.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in fingerprint identification classification or fingerprint identification specialty codes in the fingerprint identification field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Employees 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. Candidates for this classification are subject to a criminal records check 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-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency a telephone number where they can by 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.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance levels in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class as defined in the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification, and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.  

Date Revised

March 1, 2019

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 004447; REV: 3/1/2019;

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