N.Y. Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.10

  • duties of police with respect thereto


Following an arrest, or following the arraignment upon a local criminal court accusatory instrument of a defendant whose court attendance has been secured by a summons or an appearance ticket under circumstances described in sections 130.60 and 150.70, the arresting or other appropriate police officer or agency must take or cause to be taken fingerprints of the arrested person or defendant if an offense which is the subject of the arrest or which is charged in the accusatory instrument filed is:


A felony; or


A misdemeanor defined in the penal law; or


A misdemeanor defined outside the penal law which would constitute a felony if such person had a previous judgment of conviction for a crime.


In addition, a police officer who makes an arrest for any offense, either with or without a warrant, may take or cause to be taken the fingerprints of the arrested person if such police officer:


Is unable to ascertain such person’s identity; or


Reasonably suspects that the identification given by such person is not accurate; or


Reasonably suspects that such person is being sought by law enforcement officials for the commission of some other offense.


Whenever fingerprints are required to be taken pursuant to subdivision one or permitted to be taken pursuant to subdivision two, the photograph and palmprints of the arrested person or the defendant, as the case may be, may also be taken.


The taking of fingerprints as prescribed in this section and the submission of available information concerning the arrested person or the defendant and the facts and circumstances of the crime charged must be in accordance with the standards established by the commissioner of the division of criminal justice services.

Source: Section 160.10 — Fingerprinting; duties of police with respect thereto, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CPL/160.­10 (updated Feb. 5, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Feb. 5, 2021

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