Our multidisciplinary scientific membership provides opportunities and tools to maximize professional development, grow personal contacts, and engage with peers within the forensic science community. Our 6,500+ AAFS members represent all 50 United States and 71 other countries. Our membership is organized within 12 sections (disciplines), supplying access to valuable resources within specific areas of forensic science. Through new research, the development of new standards, and the adaptation of a modern world, our members are leading the progression of forensic science. 

AAFS Sections

Nearly all AAFS members join through one of our 12 discipline-focused sections. The first step in applying for AAFS membership is to identify which section you are best suited for. The second step is to identify which status category is most appropriate. 

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I didn't need much persuading when I was told I needed to join the AAFS in 1991. Most of the revered forensic document examiners in the country were Questioned Documents Section members and I knew that the latest research could be heard, and most useful workshops could be attended at their meetings. The association with other forensic practitioners from other disciplines, backgrounds, and countries was the proverbial icing on the cake. The Academy, quite simply, had a tremendous amount to offer!

- Carl McClary, MS
AAFS President 2021 - 2022
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Member Benefits

Each AAFS section provides opportunities for professional development, personal contacts, awards, and recognition. Sections may publish periodic newsletters and mailings that keep their members informed regarding activities and developments in their fields.

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Membership Statuses & Affiliations

Once familiarized with the sections of the AAFS, you can begin applying to a specific status of membership/affiliation. Please view the requirements for each status. 

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