What Is the Difference Between Civil and Criminal Identification?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 5, 2020 8:18:43 AM ET

Criminal identification is the cataloging of the characteristics of a person who has committed a crime for the first time or using those characteristics to identify a repeat offender. Civil identification may use some of the same characteristics to identify people who have not committed crimes but have agreed to catalogue their identifying information for civil purposes, such as joining the military, working for the federal government and naturalization.