Question: It is difficult to get fingerprints from my right hand as a result of an industrial accident. Pioneering surgery saved my hand, but unfortunately, I’m not sure I have much in the way of fingerprints. Do I have to giver fingerprints at my FAST card interview – can you, please advise?
Answer: You can use either hand for the FAST card interview fingerprinting. The equipment used is highly sensitive and can often pick up fingerprints that are not easy to detect due to injury. This is a non-invasive process and is used to verify your identity, so that a traveler’s fingerprints could serve as both a boarding pass and identity document. Fingerprint technology matches your fingerprints to those that were provided to the enrollment center when you enrolled in the FAST card program. If your fingerprints cannot be detected, the Customs and Border Protection officer will refer your case to a supervisor for a decision.