FALCON Integrated Criminal History System

FALCON is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) state-of-the-art system for identifying criminals and reporting data.
Through this Internet web portal, users will be able to perform tasks related to the management of applicant type fingerprints retained by FDLE when organizations submit criminal history background check requests. For you to access the FALCON system, your agency must be an organization that has authorized FDLE to retain the fingerprints of submitted applicants and/or licensees.

What does FALCON mean to you?
  • FALCON improves and expands biometric identification by utilizing available livescan technology to obtain and store an applicant and/or licensee's fingerprints. The prints are compared and subsequently retained within the FALCON system making the individual more readily identified.
  • In addition to the improved identification process, applicants retained in FALCON are compared to incoming Florida arrest fingerprints. When the fingerprints match, the organization that submitted the individual is notified of the arrest. This information can help protect clientele from victimization.

Authorized users can manage the fingerprints submitted by their organization, including:
  • Deleting fingerprints in FALCON submitted by their organization where there is no longer a basis for receiving notification of any arrests of that person so that the agency will not be obligated to pay the upcoming annual fee for retention. These deletions might be because the person was not hired or licensed, the person retired or terminated, or for any other reason determined by the organization. Fingerprints for criminal justice agencies are not charged retention fees; fingerprints for non-criminal justice organizations that are deleted consistent with time frame instructions from FDLE will not result in a charge for retention.
  • Resubmitting specific fingerprint transactions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for new national criminal history checks. These checks will be processed as routine, with the associated criminal history request fee being charged to the organization and the result responses returned via the FDLE SecureMail application.
  • Obtaining report data on fingerprints retained in FALCON by their organizations. Users can determine through provided reports which specific individual fingerprints were deleted and other information that will be useful to their organization.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.