Thomas W. Vastrick

Forensic Document Examiner

(407) 234­-3219
522 S Hunt Club Blvd #217       1400 Village Square Blvd #3-149
Apopka, FL 32703                      Tallahassee FL 32312

 (Main Office)                               (Branch Office)

43 year of experience as a forensic document examiner

Forensic Document Examiner, Forensic Consultant, Handwriting Expert

Thomas W. Vastrick is a forensic document examiner in Orlando, Florida with 43 years of experience working in both a government law enforcement crime laboratory and in private practice. He is board-certified through technical testing by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners and is a Life Member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, a Retired Fellow of the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a member of the Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners.

Forensic document examiners are sometimes called handwriting experts but there is more to the profession than that.  Forensic Document Examination is a specialty field of the forensic sciences dealing with examinations involving areas such as signatures, handwriting, hand printing, alterations, counterfeiting, anonymous letters, indented writings, and ink & paper analyses.  Whether you are looking for a Florida handwriting expert, Florida forensic document examiner, or a forensic document examiner anywhere in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, The Caribbean, or overseas, Thomas W Vastrick is here for you.

Thomas W Vastrick has successfully completed two years (over 4,000 hrs.) of full-time, in-residence training with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Crime Laboratory in Washington, DC. He has been court qualified hundreds of times in numerous states and the Caribbean and has also served as a forensic document examiner for cases in South America and Europe. Mr. Vastrick has previously served on the board of directors of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, as an officer of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, and on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  Thomas Vastrick has taught classes in forensic document examination at universities and field training for law enforcement and private sector security entities.  Mr. Vastrick has written numerous research articles published in the United States and overseas.  One research study published in the Journal of Forensic Science was the culmination of years of research through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice and administered through the National Center for Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Florida.  He has conducted workshops as continuing education for practicing forensic document examiners and has had published numerous papers & books on the forensic field in the United States and Europe.  Mr. Vastrick has written one book, Forensic Document Examination Techniques, and has been a contributing author to three other textbooks.  Thomas W Vastrick’s extensive professional resume can be found at the “Curriculum Vitae” icon on the Menu Bar on the right.

Thomas W Vastrick conducts a wide range of examinations for criminal, civil and administrative matters to include:

  • Signatures
  • Handwriting
  • Hand Printing
  • Alterations to documents
  • Anonymous letter examinations
  • Counterfeit document examinations
  • Indented writing examinations
  • Typewriter and Printer examinations
  • Checkwriters, staple holes, staplers
  • Non-destructive ink and paper analyses
  • Take handwriting specimens from subjects

To learn more about these examinations be sure to click on the “Forensic Services” icon on the Menu Bar on the right.

If you need a handwriting expert / forensic document examiner, you can contact Thomas W Vastrick using the information at the top of the page, clicking on the “Contact” icon on the Menu Bar on the right or by using the convenient form below.


Thomas W. Vastrick brings with his experience and training a fully equipped laboratory to provide you with the best possible examinations conducted following the standard methodologies as published by the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination.

This equipment includes:

  • stereoscopic binocular microscope
  • portable binocular microscope
  • digital microscope
  • frequency of occurrence tables for handwriting and hand printing
  • VSC-4C spectral analyses device
  • portable spectral analyses component system
  • electrostatic detection device
  • typewriter and printer grids
  • typewriter and printer measuring device
  • specialized lighting
  • flatbed scanner