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Office of Biometric Identity Management

The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) supports the Department of Homeland Security's responsibility to protect the nation by providing biometric identification services that help federal, state, and local government decision makers accurately identify the people they encounter and determine whether those people pose a risk to the United States. OBIM supplies the technology for collecting and storing biometric data, provides analysis, updates its watchlist, and ensures the integrity of the data.

OBIM was created in March, 2013, replacing the United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program.


OBIM provides the Department of Homeland Security and its mission partners with biometric identity services that enable national security and public safety decision making.


OBIM leads the use of biometric identity for a safer world, enhanced individual privacy, and improved quality of life.

Guiding Principles

  • Enhance the security of our citizens and visitors
  • Facilitate legitimate travel and trade
  • Ensure the integrity of the immigration system
  • Protect the privacy of our visitors


Privacy is an integral part of the mission of OBIM from conception through planning, development, and execution of its systems and processes.

Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)

Last Published Date: January 23, 2020

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