What IsLive Scan Fingerprinting?

Live Scan fingerprinting is the technique and technology used to capture fingerprints electronically. It replaces the more traditional method of ink and paper. The fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a criminal record check. A response is sent to the agency requesting the Live Scan. If required the DOJ forwards the Live Scan fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and if applicable, the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI). Though Live Scan fingerprinting background clearances can be processed within a few days instead of weeks it requires for traditional fingerprinting. Live Scan fingerprinting is used to reveal criminal history information for identification, employment and licensing purposes by matching fingerprints and other identifying information to existing data files for an individual.

Who NeedsLive Scan?

​The following are some professions that are required to submit Live Scan fingerprints: Notaries, Real Estate Licensees, Lawyers, Teachers, Foster Parents, Care Givers, DMV Licensed Professionals, Security Guards, Surgeons, Nurses, Doctors, EMT’s, RN’s, Contractors, Appraisers, Notary Publics, and anyone working with children or the elderly.

How Does The Process Work? ​

The agency or employer requesting the Live Scan fingerprint will provide the applicant with the Request for Live Scan Form. A Live Scan Silicon Valley trained and certified technician will scan your fingerprints with a Live Scan fingerprint scanner. The scanning process takes around 5 to 10 minutes. Immediately following, the fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for background processing. All appropriate fees will be collected from the applicant by the technician. ​What Do I Need To Bring To A Live Scan Session? Please bring the items listed below to your Live Scan Session: • A completed copy of the completed "Request for Live Scan Service" form. The form is given to the applicant by the agency requesting the Live Scan and must be completed by the agency and applicant. We cannot provide the form or assist in filling it out. • A valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. • Payment for the Live Scan service.

How to check the status of your livescan background check?

You may check online by visiting the following CA DOJ website: https://applicantstatus.doj.ca.gov/


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