What is Live Scan?
Live Scan technology allows digitally scanned fingerprints and related information to be submitted electronically to California Department of Justice within minutes and allows fast processing of the criminal background checks.
The Background Check Process:
The California background check process begins when an applicant agency provides a BCIA 8016, REQUEST FOR LIVE SCAN SERVICE form, to the applicant. The applicant completes the form with his/her personal information and takes the form to a live scan operator where the applicant must provide valid identification.
After verifying identity the live scan operator inputs the applicant’s personal descriptor information, captures the applicant’s fingerprints electronically, and transmits the data to the California DOJ. Applicant will be provided an applicant transaction identifier (ATI) number, a number used to identify the transaction. One of the completed request form must be sent to the requesting agency by the applicant. DOJ will send the report to the requesting agency. Applicant will not receive reports, status of the application can be checked with the requesting agency. Please note that the live scan location only captures and transmits fingerprints and does not receive applicant reports. For all other state we can do the Fingerprints on FD-258 cards and give it to you to submit to the requesting agency outside California.
To prepare for you Live Scan fingerprinting appointment you will need the following:
- Request for Live Scan Service Form
- Department of Justice approved identification* (see approved ID card list)
You must be in California in order to be processed by the State. Live Scan services are NOT available for individuals needing Live Scan fingerprinting for other states, nor can individuals be fingerprinted via Live Scan for California if they are outside the state.
Ink Card Fingerprinting:
We provide Ink Card fingerprinting service for form FD-258, taken electronically and printed with an FBI approved printer on FD258 Cards, for out-of-state licensing, FINRA, Federal contracts and employment, National agencies mandates, immigration and International Work Visas. Many police departments no longer provide this service to the public. We are one of the few agencies providing this service electronically. Reducing errors and minimizing the chance of your prints being rejected by the FBI.
*Acceptable list of Valid ID approved by the DOJ and FBI – California Driver’s License, California DMV ID card, passport, Out of state driver license, Green Card or Alien Registration Card, military ID card, Mexican Consulate ID Card (Matricula Consular de Alta Seguridad)
Please contact our office at 877-300-0209 for further information or to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.
How to check your Live Scan results?
For Applicants: To check your Live Scan results you need to contact your “Requesting Agency”, you can find the information for your requesting agency on the Request for Live Scan form that you used when submitting your live scan transaction.
If your requesting agency has not received your Live Scan results yet, you can check applicant background check statues online at https://applicantstatus.doj.ca.gov/ enter your ATI number provided and date of birth.
For Requesting Agencies: The DOJ allows you to send them an email to follow up on the results of a specific Live Scan transaction. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org and a DOJ representative will reply with the status of the Live Scan fingerprint transaction results.