Live Scan Fingerprint Services

Live scan fingerprinting

What is a LiveScan?
A "Live scan" is an electronic means of capturing fingerprints and transmitting them to the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to run a criminal background check.
What are the requirements?
  • You need a scheduled appointment
    • Please call 619-388-6416 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are required for all Live Scan services, we do not accept walk-ins.
  • You will need a Live Scan Form 
    • All live scan services, with the exception of Personal Reports (Record Review), require the customer to provide the live scan form. This form is provided by the agency requesting that the live scan be performed and includes a unique ORI and mail code necessary for the proper transmission and reporting of background information. It is the applicant's responsibility to bring the appropriate form and to have all information completed properly. Without this completed form, we will not be able to perform the scan and your appointment will need to be rescheduled.
      • If a live scan form was not provided to you, contact the agency requesting the live scan.
    • Personal Records Review forms are available at our office
    • For San Diego Community College District positions only, download the form here:SDCCD Employees Only (PDF)
  • You will need to pay for the Live Scan prior to receiving services
    • The total cost for live scan fingerprints varies, depending on Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI processing fees. Applicants are required to pay these fees in advance as well as a $20 rolling fee to have your prints captured and submitted by our office.
    • We accept cash, mastercard and visa credit/debit payments. We can only accept credit/debit card payments from the owner of the card and with valid identification.
    • There are no refunds given for Live Scans performed. 
  • You will need to have valid identification
    • Valid photo identification is required and as defined by the State of California Department of Justice (see below)
    • Expired identification cards will not be accepted. 
California Department of Justice Live Scan Identification Requirements:
Primary Identification includes any valid (unexpired):
  • State issued driver's license or identification card
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Federal Government Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV)
  • Uniformed Services ID Card
  • Dept. of Defense Common Access Card
  • Foreign Passport with Appropriate Immigration Documents (e.g., Form I-94)
  • USCIS - Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
  • USCIS - Employment Authorization card (I-766)
  • Federal, State or Local Government agency ID card with photograph
  • US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  • Canadian Driver's License

Secondary Identification - in the absence of one of the primary forms of identification listed above, an applicant shall provide at least two of the following forms of secondary identification AND at least two additional forms of the supporting documentation that follows:

  • State Issued Certification of Birth
  • US Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Identification Card
  • Native American Tribal Document
  • Social Security Card
  • Court Order for Name Change/Gender Change/Adoption/Divorce
  • Marriage Certificate (Government Issued Certificates Only)
  • US Government Issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Draft Record
  • School ID with photograph (min age of 7 years old or the transaction will be rejected by DOJ)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N-560)
  • Replacement Certificate of Citizenship (N-561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550)
  • Replacement Certificate of Naturalization (N-570)

Supporting Documentation - When validating the authenticity of the secondary forms of identification, the information must be supported by at lease two of the following supporting documents:

  • Utility Bill
  • Jurisdictional Voter Registration Card
  • Vehicle Registration Card/Title
  • Paycheck stub with name and address* (financial info may be redacted by the applicant)
  • Jurisdictional Public Assistance Card
  • Spouse/Parent Affidavit