Abstract Some of the aspects that will assist in the identification of printout devices have been explored. More research must be done particularly with the ink jet and laser printers to facilitate identification of the documents printed by these devices. Further technological changes in printout devices are imminent. Prototypes of printing devices activated by the human voice have been devised. Research and development in the identification of printout devices must continue so that the expertise of the document examiner is not dwarfed by technological changes.