When James became Agent J, all of his normal world identities were erased. It was shown that they burned his fingerprints.

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The protocols for Agent K should be same. Then, how exactly was he able to get back to normal world? How did he get back his fingerprints?

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    do we know that he (K) did get his prints back?
    – NKCampbell
    May 18, 2018 at 16:55
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    I think the point is he lived a normal life between 1 and 2 and no finger prints would have been noticed
    – Ummdustry
    May 18, 2018 at 16:57
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    It's possible to live a fairly normal life (at leastcompared to that of an MIB agent) without fingerprints. There are people who do so, due to amputation, trauma, disease, etc. And K got to keep all his fingers.
    – Misha R
    May 18, 2018 at 17:15
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    K wasn't in the normal world, he was surrounded by aliens. Clearly this is an MIB safe house. Assuming he never got his fingerprints back, this could easily be explained (by someone with a flashy-thing) as being one of the side-effects of a multi-decade coma.
    – Valorum
    May 18, 2018 at 17:50
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    How do we know the fingerprint removal was permanent? Could be that all MIB had to use the thing regularly to keep their fingerprints from healing completely.
    – Dúthomhas
    May 19, 2018 at 1:12

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K would likely live a relatively normal life - in the same way as real-life people do when they don't have fingerprints (such as military vets who have lost both hands).

The issue of K's confusion regarding having no fingerprints would likely be resolved by J, who would follow standard MIB protocol by providing a fictional explanation of events to K immediately after the memory wipe. This seems to be a reliable method of containment for memory wipes, and my guess is that it applies to K just as well.

Additionally, I would guess that the MIB probably provide some degree of anonymous help to their former members' legal bureaucracy hassles - even if only for the sake of further containment.

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    FWIW, one of my classmates had a nother who had no fingerprints due to a childhood incident with a hot stove and she got along fine. Lack of fingerprints is a bit of a mark too.
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 19, 2018 at 3:55
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    I have very shallow and some partial fingerprints due to childhood trauma on some of the fingers of one hand. I've managed to go decades without even noticing (it's only the advent of phones with fingerprint unlocking that even caused me to realise this).
    – delinear
    May 21, 2018 at 10:12

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