SFIS will be retired on 06/30/18

The Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS) will be retired on 06/30/18, per legislation SB-89 (Please see the linked letter from CDSS Director Will Lightbourne to Senator Holly Mitchell announcing that the use of SFIS for CalWORKs will cease on June 30, 2018. Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10830, effective July 1, 2018, fingerprinting through SFIS shall no longer be a condition of eligibility for the CalWORKs program.)

Next steps: The MAC team will contact County Coordinators in May to verify county site contact information and to advise of the SFIS site decommissioning schedule.

Please use the below SFIS project shutdown timeline for your county’s planning purposes:

04/02/18: SFIS Production code frozen. No further System updates or changes
04/02/18: SFIS Move/Add/Changes (MACs):

  • New site requests and site move requests frozen (circuits frozen)
  • Workstation Moves/Adds, including Portable Input Workstations remain available until 6/30/2018
  • MAC team begin contacting counties to verify the site contact information and to advise of the site decommissioning schedule
05/01/18: End SFIS Classroom Training program (Direct Training, Web Based Training & website training materials still available)
06/01/18: End SFIS Web Based Training program
07/02/18: SFIS Central Site closed to counties. No further fingerprinting required or supported. Training materials and Help Desk no longer available
07/02 - 10/18: County site decommissioning/retrieval of all equipment

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.

Explore our site to learn more about this exciting advanced-technology program.


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

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