The Association of Forensic Document Examiners [USA] was formed in 1986 as a professional organization for forensic document examiners. Our original goals were to provide quality continuing education, promote research within the field, establish a board certification program, and publish a journal devoted exclusively to document examination. We accomplished these goals and we continue to make an impact within the profession.

The AFDE annual continuing education symposiums are held in cities across the United States. The 2013 and 2014 symposia were held in the Chicago IL area and in Salt Lake City, UT respectively.

The Journal of Forensic Document Examination is published annually and is available by subscription through the Westlaw Database.
AFDE is pleased to announce that it again presented the "Best Student Paper Award" for a student paper in forensic sciences given at the 2013 International Graphonomics Society (IGS) biennial conference. The winner was Muhammad Imran, M.A., for the paper, Man vs. Machine, a Comparative Analysis for Forensic Signature Verification, by Muhammad Imran Malik, Marcus Liwicki, Andreas Dengel and Bryan Found.
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Document examiners often use stereomicroscopes to examine details such as continuity of a writing line or interaction between ink and paper. Photomicrographs are used to demonstrate the observations in reports or exhibits for court.