Booking is the process of officially recording and processing the arrest of an individual by law enforcement.
When someone is booked, their personal information, such as their name, address, and date of birth, is recorded and entered into the police department’s arrest records.
During the booking process, the arrestee’s fingerprints and photograph may be taken and they may be searched to ensure that they do not have any contraband or weapons on their person. The arrestee may also be asked to provide identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, and may be asked to sign various documents related to their arrest and detention.
Booking is an important step in the criminal justice process, as it officially documents the arrest and allows the police to track the individual’s movements while they are in custody. It also allows the police to ensure that the arrestee is properly identified and that their rights are protected.