The present invention is a method of fingerprint verification that includes the steps of capturing a complete fingerprint of a number of enrollees; capturing a portion of a claimant's fingerprint, where the portion is less than an entire fingerprint; dividing the portion of the claimant's fingerprint into a number of segments; comparing each of the segments against the fingerprint of the enrollee the claimant claims to be; generating a correlation score for each of the segments; calculating a distance error for the segments; combining the distance errors into an average distance error; generating a verification vector based on each of the correlation scores for each of the segments and the distance error; establishing a threshold vector; and comparing the verification vector against the threshold vector in order to determine whether or not the claimant is the enrollee the claimant claims to be.Method of verification using a subset of claimant's fingerprint598291309/11/199925/03/19971999959Brumbley; Clark MaristonRahikka; Robert GeorgeUS Patent and Trademark OfficeGoogle Patent Searchpatentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US5982913-1.pngUniquesegmentdistance errorfingerprintthreshold vectorclaimant claimscorrelation scoreportionenrolleeverification vectoraverage distance error