Who Should Apply for the Questioned Documents Section?

Individuals applying for membership in the Questioned Documents Section shall have the scientific, technical, skill and experience to be engaged in the examination of Questioned Documents.  This can include: Physics of Light Pertinent to Forensic Document Examination Procedures, Typewriter Examination Devices, Physical Properties and Matches of Paper, Writing Instruments and Inks, Handwriting, Alterations, Obliterations and Erasures of Documents, Printing Processes, Computer Printers, Photocopiers and Facsimiles.

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Reduced registration rate for the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Complimentary meeting registration for Student Affiliates in good standing, in exchange for meeting volunteer service
  • Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS)digital subscription for full dues-paying members (Student Affiliates, Retired Members, and Retired Fellows may subscribe at a reduced rate of $45)
  • 30% discount on new and bestselling forensic science books from CRC Press (2020 dues year)
  • AAFS Newsfeed e-alerts
  • Opportunity to serve on Academy-wide and section committees
  • Opportunity to have a voice in AAFS bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.
  • Opportunity to apply for grants, scholarships, and award funding
  • Opportunity to advance to a status (Retired Member/Retired Fellow) that includes complimentary annual dues (Retired Fellows also receive complimentary meeting registration)
  • Access to communicate with fellow forensic professionals in educational, private, research, and governmental fields around the world
  • Assistance in researching JFS archived articles


Student Affiliate
Trainee Affiliate
Associate Member