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FBI Channeling Fingerprinting Solutions

FBI Channeling refers to an FBI contractor that serves as the conduit for submitting fingerprints to the FBI and receiving FBI criminal history record information (CHRI) on behalf of an Authorized Recipient (AR) for authorized noncriminal justice purposes. 

There are two types of transactions (TOTs) that are submitted through the FBI Channeler (1) Authorized Recipient and (2) DOCE. NFUF type records are for agencies that have an ORI and can receive the CHRI responses directly. Authorized Recipient entities (have an ORI) can outsource their fingerprinting services to an FBI approved contractor or they can own their own equipment for submitting fingerprint transactions to the FBI through an approved channeler.


DOCE (Departmental Order 556-73) type records can only have the CHRI response sent directly to the individual being fingerprinted or the attorney that the individual authorizes to receive the response record. DOCE transactions are for personal review only and not be be used by an employer for employment and licensing.


Literally, anyone who is a US citizen or legal resident can submit a DOCE request via FBI Channeler in order to find out what the FBI has on file for them in terms of criminal history. This is referred to as a personal review. This is especially useful for individuals who are seeking public housing, legal immigration, employment and licensing. For example, if a person is interested in an education program that requires that person to be licensed at the end of the program, it is probably a good idea to find out before investing in a lengthy program if you would even qualify for licensing. This CHRI is also helpful to individuals wanting to know what needs to be done to clear their record so that they can qualify for public housing and other types of benefits, licensing and employment. 

There are a number of statutes that fall under FBI Channeling. Each state is different, so it is important to check if your State DoJ supports any of the statutes listed in the FBI Channeling Statutes link below. If the State does support any of these statutes, you cannot submit records to the FBI for those statutes supported by your State. We can help you figure out what your organization is authorized to do in terms of submitting fingerprint records to the FBI.

There are a number of FBI Channelers. Some FBI Channelers sell their own livescan systems and some do not. WoVoIS can provide recommendations on systems that are used for submitting transactions through TRP Associates, which is an Approved FBI Channeler. In addition to the purchase price of a system, there will be transaction fees. These fees range in price based on the FBI Channeler that you submit through. The fees cover the FBI Fee and the FBI Channeler Fee. 

Below are some helpful links:

Electronic Departmental Order
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