How to create EFT files

If you’re not sure how to get started with creating an EFT file then please continue reading!  Lakota Software Solutions has developed the applications you need to create a compliant EFT file for a variety of different scenarios. We have decades of experience working with the FBI, DoD, DHS, NATO, and other international agencies, which has helped us develop the most trusted software on the market for creating EFTs.  Not only that, but we have the support and knowledge for the multitude of NIST-related specifications existing today, such as the Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS).

The most recent scenario requiring the creation of EFTs is with the ATF eForms portal.  On December 21, 2021, the ATF released a new update to their eForms website, which now allows FFL dealers to submit fingerprints digitally.  There’s also a useful YouTube video on how to fill out the Form 4.

Now for the good part: How to Create and EFT.  Here’s the step-by-step guide:

Step 1 – collect the customer’s biographic data (name, DOB, citizenship, height & weight, etc.)

Step 2 – collect the fingerprints digitally using a live scan device or fingerprint card conversion tool

Step 3 – package all of the data into an EFT file using the correct Type of Transaction (TOT) according to the specification being used

If you already have a system in place to meet these steps, you are in good shape!  If you are lost and don’t know how to accomplish some or any of these steps, have no fear.  Our Whorl application and EFTCreator site  are available to help you create EFTs in a simple and affordable manner!

If you would like to learn more about the process, please reach out to me via email or by phone at 304-816-4804.  I will be happy to offer a no-obligation assessment of your current process and what you may need going forward!