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When setting up Checkpoint, determine the methods that your members, volunteers, and staff will use to identify people as they check in.

In Checkpoint, members must enter some initial information about themselves to identify themselves and locate their records. After locating their records, they can check in. The most common methods to access records include:

  • Entering all or part of a name
  • Entering the last four digits of a phone number
  • Scanning a bar code
  • Entering an assigned pager number
  • Scanning a fingerprint

As an administrator, you choose which methods your congregation uses. Read more about each access method below.


You can check in a family or individual by entering all or part of a family's last name or family member's first name. Using this option, Checkpoint displays a list of families to choose from.

Phone Number

You can check in a family or individual by entering the last four digits of a phone number. Using this option, Checkpoint displays the list of families and individuals who have a matching phone number.

Pager Number

If your congregation assigns pager numbers, you can check in a family or individual by entering the family's assigned pager number. Using this option, Checkpoint displays the family who matches the pager number. For more information, see About Pagers and Setting Pager Numbers.

Bar Code

Some organizations assign a bar code to each individual. Bar codes are printed and placed on an ID card or key fob, similar to discount cards offered at supermarkets and other retail stores. In check-in systems based on bar codes, each check-in station has a bar code scanner where members can scan their cards to locate their personal records. You can also configure Checkpoint so that scanning the bar code automatically checks the attendee in with no further action required.

Bar codes are designed to print on Avery 6870 3/4" X 2 1/4" labels. Each label prints the bar code and name of the individual, and every person in ACS is automatically assigned a unique bar code. Bar codes can contain letters (in addition to numbers), but some older model scanners do not have the capability to scan them properly. We can only guarantee that Checkpoint works with the scanners we currently sell. You can view and purchase scanners in the ACS Technologies Store

You can change an individual's bar code if necessary. See Setting Up Checkpoint Bar Codes for information about setting up bar codes.



The Palm and Finger Vein scanners are no longer available.

Some organizations have replaced bar code scanners with biometric scanners. Members scan their fingers when they check in, creating a numeric code based on location of certain venal points within their fingertips.

By connecting finger scanning devices to check-in stations instead of bar code scanners and entering the biometric ID in place of the individual’s bar code, you can use biometric scanners instead of bar code scanners. Finger scanners convert the venal locations in a person’s finger into a numeric code.

While this method is the most secure, it may take a while to create everyone’s numeric finger profile.

The biometric scanning system works by using both hardware and software in conjunction with ACS People, Checkpoint, OnDemand and HeadMaster v10.0.