The subject's thumb would be pressed against a pad on the device, and their details read aloud in the following order: 'Name'; 'Date of Birth'; 'Address'; 'Arrests'; 'Warrants'; and 'Convictions'.
Behind the scenes
- The identa-pad is never referred to by name, either in the movie or in the novelization, and is never seen in detail on-screen, so it remains unclear as to whether the device had a screen on which the subject's details were also displayed.
- The name 'identa-pad' is used for the first and only time in a full colour design drawing of a Hill Valley Police appointment belt, which appears on page 73 of Back to the Future: The Official Book of the Complete Movie Trilogy. The drawing also points out other equipment on the belt: 'mini-strobes'; 'taser and flash-light'; 'nightstick'; and 'storage and power unit'.
- Back to the Future Part II
- Back to the Future: The Official Book of the Complete Movie Trilogy (First identified as 'identa-pad')