What is a Forensic Document Examiner?

A Forensic Document Examiner is often known as a Questioned Document Examiner, but more commonly known as a Handwriting Expert.

What does a Forensic Document Examiner do?

As a Forensic Document Examiner,  I perform the scientific examination of  handwriting, typewritten and machine made documents, ink and paper analysis, dating and other related document problems. I specialize in handwriting/signature comparisons. I examine questioned documents to see if the documents or signatures have been altered  or forged.

Is Forensic Document Examination testimony accepted in courts?

Yes, courts in the United States have recognized questioned document examination since the early 19th century.

How long does it take to perform a forensic document examination?

Generally, it takes approximately ten days from the date the documents are received to complete an examination. It may take a longer time depending on the volume of documents submitted for examination, court schedule, case load and the type of examination required.

If a rush examination is required, there will be additional charges to cover the prioritization of the case.

Can you date ink?

No, I will not attempt to date inks. This procedure requires the services of an ink chemist. The procedure usually entails limited destruction of the document to be examined.

I will attempt to differentiate one ink from another utilizing non-destructive techniques.

Where can I find more information about Forensic Document Examiners?

You can also find additional information regarding other  forensic document experts and services at  http://www.asqde.org/