The Department of State announced that it is transitioning to a 10-fingerscan system for its Biometric Visa Program. Deployment of the 10-fingerscan system began in April 2007 and DOS hopes to complete deployment at all visa-issuing consular posts by the end of 2007. The prior system scanned two fingerprints only. DOS expects the 10-scan system to reduce error and increase efficiency of the visa clearance process.