Live scan is an inkless electronic system designed to capture an individual’s fingerprint images and demographic data (name, sex, race, date of birth, etc.) in a digitized format that can be transmitted to the MD State Central Repository (CJIS) for processing. The data is forwarded to CJIS over a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and then processed by CJIS’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Once received at CJIS for processing, the inquiry can then be forwarded to the FBI electronically for processing. All of this occurs within minutes and results in a biometric identification of an individual with little or no human intervention. Live scan can be used for criminal justice as well as non-criminal justice use.