SWFT Applicant: SWFT Fingerprint Submission

Our Livescan System allows you to capture fingerprint images electronically, upload them to SWFT server and send them to OPM/FBI.

SWFT Applicant System

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Bundle Includes

  • LiveScan Software to send fingerprints through SWFT to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB); U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).
  • Currently available SWFT approved ten print live scanners – Integrated Biometrics Kojak or Suprema RealScan G10.
  • Remote Installation & Training. 1 Year free support.

Applicant background check system for SWFT submission

Capture and send applicant’s fingerprint and demographic information to DSS for background investigation for a personnel government security clearance for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Submit Fingerprints via SWFT

Collect, save and submit fingerprints to meet Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT), OPM and FBI standards.

Fingerprint Capture & Submission

Capture fingerprints and save the file in the EFT File format.

DSS-SWFT NISP/Cleared Contractors

Submit Electronic fingerprint files and PII data via highly secure encrypted channels to SWFT.

Signature Capture

Capture Demographic data & Signature electronically.


Collect and Send Fingerprints to SWFT

Captured data into standard FBI electronic biometric transmission specification (EBTS) files and forward the files to SWFT.

Compatible with FBI Certified Fingerprint Scanners

Works seamlessly with various 10 print fingerprint scanners such as Integrated Biometrics Kojak and Suprema RealScan G-10.

DoD / OPM fingerprint background verification

Completed Fingerprint files are automatically forwarded to the SWFT system for validation and transmission to OPM.

Supported USB Fingerprint Scanners

Ideal Solution for DSS-SWFT Cleared Contractors, Approved FBI Channelers
Serving DSS-SWFT Cleared Contractors

  • Fingerprint Image Capture
  • Demographic Data Capture
  • Signature Capture
  • 10 rolled fingerprints and 4 flat impressions
  • both type 4 (standard) and type 14 (enhanced) fingerprint images
  • Create the EFTS file
  • Segmentation and quality checks on all fingers

Intuitive and Highly Secure Solution

  • A subject’s electronic fingerprint file is submitted to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) via SWFT
  • Reduces invalid fingerprint submissions via built-in quality check and segmentation on all fingers
  • Applicant records stays encrypted, results in greater privacy and security for applicant data
  • Be it contractors, employees and/or candidates, one solution for all you background check needs.
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Product Description (Software)

Government contractors can take advantage of SWFT Applicant, a new electronic fingerprint submission system that facilitates DoD prescribed method to capture and submit electronic fingerprints.

SWFT Applicant fully adheres to the Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS) 9.3 Appendix F Live Scan Specifications of image quality as required by the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (IAFIS).

It also provides backward compatibility with the Electronic Fingerprint Transmission Specification (EFTS) 7.1 format, which is used by the Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) program.

What’s more, SWFT Applicant is an FBI IAFIS accredited solution, which is listed on the approved product list of FBI. SWFT Applicant users can be sure of swift DoD fingerprinting/OPM fingerprint check with SWFT Applicant and stay compliant with Department of Defense directives. DoD directive is a mandate, but with SWFT Applicant you can stay a step ahead by supporting the national security goals set by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

SWFT uses highly secure digital data transmission standards for the transmission of personal and fingerprint data. It also eliminates the need for manual fingerprint capture and greatly reduces the time taken for background verification. Chances of errors owing to manual processing are also reduced greatly, which can potentially lead to the rejection of the background check request.

Product Description (Hardware)

Suprema RealScan G10

RealScan G10 comes equipped with Suprema’s advanced optics to ensure high quality and flawless image capture. RealScan G10 is an FBI IAFIS Appendix F certified ten-print scanner, which means that it can capture 4+4+2 rolled prints as well as single fingerprints. To make sure that rolled prints do not suffer from image quality issues, this all-in-one scanner makes use of Suprema’s Advanced Rolled Image Construction technology to construct impeccable rolled fingerprint images. It captures rolled scans at 20 frames per second to ensure no details are missed and errors stay minimized. Its sealed construction is rated IP54 to ensure that the device stays protected from moisture, dust and liquids.


IB Kojak

Kojak looks incredibly compact for a ten print scanner. Along with the smallest footprint, it packs some of the market leading features that make it stand apart. This FBI Appendix F Certified FAP 60 10-Print (4-4-2) Roll Scanner comes equipped with IB’s patented LES (Light Emitting Sensor) technology to capture high quality fingerprint images in most challenging conditions. LES technology renders the device immune from finger contaminants like oil, lotion, sweat, dirt, grease. LES technology also allows Kojak to capture fingerprints in indirect and even in direct sunlight without compromising on image quality. Kojak can be easily integration into applications that require FAP 60 image quality using Fingerprint SDK.


What is SWFT

Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) is a web enabled software system to facilitate electronic fingerprint collection and secure transmission of data. SWFT system is maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), the agency which is responsible for data generated out of U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) activities. DMDC is also responsible for funding and operations of SWFT.

Participant industries (as well as those which are applying to participate) in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) have to comply with fingerprint background check mandate of the applicants. This is done to ensure industrial security by providing nominal access to classified data (e.g. Personally Identifiable Information, biometric data, etc.) under government control.

Industries under NISP can securely perform applicant background check by capturing electronic files using FBI IAFIS approved equipment and transmitting them using SWFT. SWFT enabled fingerprint submission is sometimes also referred to as DoD fingerprinting and OPM fingerprint check.

Organizations that hold a SWFT account can initiate a background check / DoD fingerprinting / OPM fingerprint check process by capturing electronic fingerprints using approved devices. Captured fingerprint is uploaded to the SWFT server along with PII, which is transferred to OPM and then finally to the FBI to perform FBI IAFIS background verification.

SWFT is the only method by which all NISP participants can submit electronic fingerprints to OPM.

Contrary to the common misconception, that you need to invest in expensive SWFT fingerprint transmission kit to become SWFT compliant, it can be easily done even with ink-and-roll fingerprint cards! SWFT supports electronically captured fingerprint as well as digitalized fingerprint images scanned from fingerprint cards, provided that they are scanned using a certified method.

SWFT can be directly assessed by SWFT account holders, who can submit prints using SWFT fingerprint transmission kit. However, companies that do not hold an active FCL (Facility Clearance) can use alternative methods like submission of electronic fingerprint file to SWFT via FCB (Facility Clearance Branch) or via a third party SWFT account.

A third party vendor, who is an approved e-Fingerprint service provider (aka FBI approved channeler), can help submit fingerprints via SWFT. The third party vendor should have FBI IAFIS certified fingerprint capture equipment as well as access to SWFT to do that.

Vendors who do not have access to SWFT but have FBI IAFIS certified capture equipment, can assist DSS-SWFT cleared contractors in scanning fingerprint cards into the required digitized format. It will allow uploading files to the Secured Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) system.

As per the U.S. government directives to support Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, all NISP (National Industrial Security Program) cleared contractors need to do electronic submissions of fingerprints using Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT).

According to U.S. Department of Defense –

By memorandum dated July 29, 2010, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence issued a requirement for Department of Defense (DoD) components to transition to electronic capture and submission of fingerprint images in support of all background investigations by December 31, 2013 (e-Fingerprint memo). In an effort to comply with this mandate the Defense Security Service (DSS) is providing guidance to assist companies participating in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) to transition to electronic fingerprinting. Additionally, this transition will support goals established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

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