Name Check for 3rd Illegible Fingerprint Processing Results

When the FBI identifies a third successive fingerprint card as "Illegible," FINRA requests that the FBI conduct a search of its database based on the associated person's name (Name Check) rather than on the fingerprints submitted, to verify whether the database contains Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) on that individual. Upon receipt of the third "Illegible" result, the individual's fingerprint status will change from "ILEG" to "NMCK," to indicate that an FBI Name Check is being requested.

Fingerprint results that are a result of a name check end in "X." FINRA will post a CLRX, RAPX/CMPX or EXCX status to CRD or FPRD, depending on the Name Check process results.

If the FBI Name Check search returns:

  • No CHRI:
    • The individual's fingerprint status will be updated to CLRX.
    • No further action is required.
  • CHRI
    • The individual's fingerprint status will be updated to RAPX.
    • FINRA will review the CHRI.
    • FINRA will send the firm a letter with the CHRI. Additional information may be requested from the firm following FINRA review.
    • Once FINRA completes the review, the RAPX status will change to CMPX.
  • No Match Due to Excessive Candidates
    • The individual's fingerprint status will be updated to EXCX.
    • No further action is required.

View the complete list of fingerprint statuses.

There are no fees charged for the Name Check review. Note that because the FBI's Name Check process is performed manually, the FBI may take up to 90 days to complete its review.