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Fingerprint on a Ball Python. Credit: USFWS

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Lab scientist examining fingerprint on evidence.
Lab scientist examining fingerprint on evidence. Credit: USFWS


The information in this section is designed for law enforcement agents and inspectors. For more general information, please visit Students and Educators.

Getting your evidence to the Laboratory

Please download our Evidence Submission Guidelines document for assistance in submitting evidence to the Laboratory. The purpose of this document is to help you with proper and safe evidence collection and preservation, packaging, and shipping procedures so that your evidence shipment meets:

  1. U.S. Department of Transportation regulations,
  2. Laboratory requirements for analysis, and
  3. Basic requirements for presentation in state and federal courts of law.

We also provide tips on how to handle your digital submissions.

Download: OM-EU-1000_Evidence_Submission_Guidelines_2017.pdf
Last Updated: April 19, 2017

Also please see other links for more information.

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After reading this guide, call the Laboratory if you have any additional questions about how to best ship your evidence to the Lab.  We are here to serve your needs.

National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory   
1490 East Main Street
Ashland, OR   97520

Phone: (541) 482-4191
Fax: (541) 482-4989


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