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What if my fingerprint card is illegible?

Fingerprint cards are sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to determine if the applicant has a criminal record. To match a fingerprint card with an individual FBI file the FBI must be able to analyze the print pattern of all 10 fingers. If the pattern of any one finger is not legible and the match cannot be made, the FBI will return the fingerprint card to NFA and NFA will have to delay processing until a new fingerprint card is obtained. For this reason it is very important that you have your fingerprints taken by a person properly trained in rolling fingerprints.  

NFA has issued a Registration Advisory that provides guidance concerning fingerprinting to assist those who submit applications via the Online Registration System.  

Applicants are encouraged to submit more than one set of fingerprints with their application to avoid delays in obtaining additional sets if necessary for processing.

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