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 Live Scan Fingerprinting FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Is Live Scan Fingerprinting?

Who Needs Live Scan?    

How Does The Process Work?

What Do I Need To Bring To A Live Scan Session?

Where Can I Get The Request For Live Scan Service Form?

How Much Does It Cost? How Do I Check My Live Scan Results?

How Long Does It Take To Get My Live Scan Results?

What Is Live 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). Through 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 Needs Live Scan?

Following are some professions that are required to submit Live Scan fingerprints: Notaries, Real Estate Licensees, Stock Brokers, Lawyers, Teachers, Foster Parents, Care Givers, DMV Licensed Professionals, Security Guards, Surgeons, Nurses, Doctors, Contractors, Appraisers, etc

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. At the Live Scan location a 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: 3 copies 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.

Where Can I Get The Request ?

For Live Scan Service Form? The agency or employer requesting the Live Scan fingerprint will provide the applicant with the Request for Live Scan form. As a courtesy to our clients, blank Request for Live Scan Service forms can be downloaded through the links provided on our Request for Live Scan Service forms

How much does Live Scan cost?

There are two fees involved in the Live Scan process: the rolling (fingerprinting) fee and the background investigation fee. Live Scan Sacramento charges a $20.00 rolling (fingerprinting) fee for all applications. The fees charged for the background investigation depend on the type of Live Scan application and what level of service is required by the agency that has requested your Live Scan. (The background fee is the fee that the DOJ charges for researching your fingerprints to determine if you have a criminal record or not.) Background fees range from $25.00 to $110.00. This fee is in addition to the $20.00 rolling (fingerprinting) fee. If your Live Scan form has a billing number in the “Agency Billing Number” line (this is a six digit number that starts with a “1”), that means that the agency requesting your Live Scan will be billed for the background fees and all you will need to pay is the $20.00 rolling (fingerprinting) fee. If your form does not have a billing number on it, you will be responsible for paying both the rolling (fingerprinting) fee and the background fees.

How Long Does It Take To Get My Live Scan Results?

In most cases, the results from DOJ come back within 72 hours. Due to various reasons, results can be delayed. For any significant delay, the DOJ will contact the requesting agency. The results are either emailed or sent to the requesting agency listed on the Request for Live Scan Service form. Once the Live Scan process has been completed at our facility, please direct all inquiries to the agency handling your employment or licensing. If the requesting agency has not received the results you may contact the Applicant Processing Program at 916-227-3823. This department is the only one who can check to see if your record was dropped or not completely processed. Live Scan Sacramento cannot resubmit a record without written permission from the DOJ. This process may take up to 30 days.

   
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