ACCURATE: Using fingerprint data. It is no longer necessary to rely on
unreliable, inaccurate ID data to do criminal checks. Police Services strongly
recommend a fingerprint check as the most accurate base for checking criminal
records, as fingerprinting is used as its main data source.
AUTOMATED: Utilizing biometrics and computer technology
FAST: Get results within 24-48 hours
CONVENIENT: Enroll applicants yourself
WHAT IS AFISwitch?
AFIS- Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Criminal background checks through identification based on fingerprints. Digital
fingerprints captured by means of an electronic fingerprint reader. Significantly improved convenience, reliability and reduced
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The AFISwitch system, is software loaded on your computer that interfaces with the South African Police Service Automated
Fingerprint Identification System (SAPS AFIS) for the purpose of criminal background enquiries. AFISwitch includes an electronic
fingerprint reader that captures ten fingerprints and submits them electronically, by means of an internet connection. The data is
uploaded to AFISwitch via a secure internet connection. AFISwitch transmits the electronic fingerprints directly to the SAPS AFISwitch
sub-system for identification purposes. On completion of a fingerprint search, the SAPS AFIS returns a Hit or No-hit result to AFISwitch.
(Possible illicit activity identified or No illicit activity identified). In the case of a Possible illicit activity identified report, the SAPS will
further process the search and supply the required details regarding the illicit activity identified result, within 4-8 weeks (no additional
charge). In the event that an applicant disputes the validity of results, SAPS has established procedures and policies to resolve such
WHO CAN USE AFISwitch?
Individual, corporate and private enterprises that require compulsory pre-employment or periodic checks.
HOW DOES EMPS FIT IN?
EMPS is the oldest pre-employment verification company in SA, doing background checks for South African companies for over 25
years. EMPS are an approved distributor of the AFISwitch system and have integrated the AFIS software into their current web-portal
offering of pre-employment background checks.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS AND WHAT WILL IT COST ME?
OPTION 1– EMPS CRIMINAL FINGERPRINT
• Send my applicants to the nearest EMPS office to have their fingerprints enrolled www.emps.co.za
PO Box 73557 Fairland 2030
OPTION 2– CLIENT CRIMINAL FINGERPRINT EVA Office Park
• Rent my own fingerprint reader and enroll my own applicants 2711 678-0807
• You can load the software on any computer, desktop/laptop email@example.com
• The system must have a minimum Windows XP, service pack 2 (The software does not yet
operate on Windows Vista)