About Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS)

The Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System was developed by the Office of Systems Integration (OSI) in conjunction with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The system applies state-of-the-art fingerprint imaging technology to eliminate duplicate aid in the State's public assistance programs.

The Los Angeles Automated Finger Image Report and Match (AFIRM) system was the first finger imaging system to be used for a welfare application. Based upon the success of AFIRM, the California Legislature enacted the SFIS.

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Using stakeholder input, SFIS applies biometric technology to detect and deter multiple aid fraud in public assistance programs managed and operated by the State of California.


What SFIS does:

  • Effectively Eliminates "Duplicate Aid" Fraud
  • Effectively Eliminates Payments to Incorrect Payees Due to Fraud or Administrative Error
  • Provides a Deterrent to Other Types of Fraud

What's New at SFIS