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forensic document examination
Forensic Document Examination

By Kirby Wiley

September 9, 2008

what is forensic science what is forensic document examination

What is forensic science? What is forensic document examination?

Forensic science is application of various sciences having to do with the law.

The application of allied sciences and analytical techniques to questions concerning documents.

why is there a need for forensic document examiners
Why is there a need for forensic document examiners?
  • If there is a case in which there is a questionable document there will be an examination of that document that consists of the analysis and comparisons of:
  • -Questioned handwriting
  • -Hand printing
  • -Type writing
  • -Commercial printing
  • -Photocopies
  • -Papers
  • -Inks, etc.
what forensic document examiners can do
What forensic document examiners can do
  • Forensic document examiners can figure out the authenticity of the material being questioned, and any alterations made to the document.
  • They can help attorneys and law enforcement officers by giving their opinions on a variety of document problems; wills, deeds, medical records, income tax records, time sheets, contracts, loan agreements, elections, petitions, checks, and anonymous letters. This will help during the cross-examination questions.
to be an forensic document examiner you should have
To be an Forensic document examiner you should have:

In order to become a forensic

document examiner, most people will have an undergraduate or masters degree. Some places require a baccalaureate degree as well.

kay micklitz
Kay Micklitz
  • Kay Micklitz is a board certified and court qualified Forensic Document Examiner.
  • Kay owns and operates Alamo Area Forensic Examiners in San Antonio, Texas.
  • She completed training as a Questioned Document Examiner through the National Questioned Document Association in Dallas, Texas.
  • She graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in San Antonio, Texas.

Kay completed Questioned Document Section of I.A.S. Forensic Science Program through the American Institute of Applied Science (AIAS). The AIAS is licensed by the North Carolina Community College System. Most of the law enforcement agencies throughout the world require the AIAS program for positions dealing with bureaus and crime labs.

She is board certified with the Document Examiner through the National Association of Document examiners, where she is also a diplomat. She is qualified in the country, state, and federal courts, and has been appointed to court as an expert in country, state, and federal courts.

kay s affiliates
Kay’s affiliates:

-Forgery Investigators Association of Texas.

-Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

-International Association for Identification, Texas Division.

-ASTM international committee, Forensic sciences/ Document Examination.


Kay has worked with:

Disputed wills

Anonymous Hate notes

Death Threats

Sexual Harassment

Forged Checks

Typewriter Identification

Lease Agreements

Disguised Signatures

Altered Medical Records

Thermal Paper recovery

Sales Contracts

Certificates of Deposit

Internal Sabotage

Medical Authorizations

Real Estate Documents

Child Custody Dispute

Poisson Pen Letters

Security Agreements

Proctor Sign in Logs

Credit Card Receipts

Gift Tax Returns

Contract Agreements

Warranty Deeds

University Evaluations

Securities Fraud

Internal Theft


Paternity Suits

Prescription Fraud

Bank Signature Cards

Insurance Beneficiaries

Divorce Papers

Credit Disability Apps.

Motor Vehicle Purchase

Auto Accident Claims

Stock Certificates

Sequential Entries

Arrest Warrants

Ink over ink entries

Insurance Fraud


Document Alteration

Traced signatures



Bank Robbery notes

Holographic Wills

Corporate Minutes

Loan Documents

kay s favorite project

Kay’s favorite project.

Kay worked on an interesting case a few years a go when fax machines had just been invented. Someone had photocopied a signature onto a check and then tried to fax it to the bank. The check was sent to Kay, because it was suspicious. Kay figured out that the person had put up a sheet of paper white photocopying, so you couldn’t tell on the document that it had be copied.