State Bureau of Identification Specialist

Augusta, Maine, United States | Professional Technical | Full-time

Apply by: May 16, 2021

Department of Public Safety 

Opening Date: April 30, 2021

Closing Date:  May 16, 2021 

Job Class Code: 0527
Grade: 19 (Professional/Technical)
Salary: $35,630 – $47,465 
Location:  Augusta


This is advanced administrative and technical services work involving the scientific evaluation, identification, and classification of fingerprints, biometric authentication, and the evaluation and interpretation of court records and legal documents to establish, maintain, and disseminate criminal history record information for the State Bureau of Identification (SBI).


  • Reviews live scan biometrics and fingerprint card submissions to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Scans fingerprint cards into automated fingerprint identification system database and makes print replacements to record the best possible set of prints.
  • Evaluates fingerprint classification and ridge characteristics (minutiae) plotted by automated fingerprint identification system database to determine if corrections are necessary to accurately classify fingerprints and plot minutiae.
  • Submits fingerprints and biometrics into the tristate automated identification system database to search for possible matches.
  • Validates prints by making a comparison of the characteristics of the fingerprint pattern to make a positive identification of a new record with an existing record.
  • Classifies fingerprints, and calculates and determines the filing formula to allow correct filing.
  • Submits applicable fingerprints of positive matches to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to comply with FBI rules for retention of criminal information.
  • Identifies and resolves discrepancies on fingerprint cards and legal documentation to ensure information is complete and accurate.
  • Conducts audits of internal and external entities to adhere to performance and reporting standards.
  • Enters and updates criminal history information into the criminal history record information system der to record and maintain criminal history records.
  • Evaluates record information, determines relevancy and prepares extracts; reviews final product for completeness and accuracy to ensure that requestors receive only allowable data.
  • Prepares, presents, and provides training to internal and external user groups on all aspects under the jurisdiction of SBI to ensure users are trained by subject matter professionals.
  • Verifies sex offender status, confirms registration requirements, and makes required notifications to comply with the Sex Offender Registry regulations.
  • Examines and makes determination on many classifications of sex offender registration requirements to meet state and federal requirements.
  • Evaluates data base, prepares initial audit findings to verify data quality, and assists as a team member in quality control reviews to ensure user compliance.
  • Participates as a team member in systems testing and updates and assists with external audits to make recommendations for corrective action.


A two (2) year combination of complex clerical experience and/or post-secondary education to include at least six (6) months of experience in evaluating and interpreting legal documents.

Individuals applying to be a SBI Specialist will be required to take two pre-tests for “Form Blindness”. Scores will be considered at the interview. (These tests are objective and have a scoring standard established identifying what is average or above). There will be a monitor present at the time these pre-tests are administered and the tests will be given to all applicants at the same time. While successfully passing these tests is not a requirement for employment, individuals who pass these pre-tests are more likely to successfully pass the more comprehensive training done during the initial probationary period.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at (207) 623-6700. 

Contact Information: 

Questions about this position can be directed to Tony Williams at 207-624-7242

Why work for the State of Maine?


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits include:

  • 14.11% of pay to retirement for bargaining unit positions
  • The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly.
  • At least 85% of the health insurance premium for the employee (up to $400.34).  Participating in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase the state-paid amount by 5%.  The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.  To explore the detailed cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.