What is Live Scan Fingerprinting?

September 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Live Scan is an ink-less electronic fingerprinting (digitizing) process that is accomplished by high-tech computer based devices. Live Scan Applicant(s) fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ), along with information entered from the Request for Live Scan Service form, in order to complete a criminal background check.

Digitizing the fingerprints enables the electronic transfer of the fingerprint image data along with personal descriptor information to computers at the DOJ in a matter of seconds, instead of the prolong days required to send hard copy fingerprint cards through the mail. DOJ’s goal is to process 95% of the digitized fingerprints within 3 days.

The Background & The “Why” of Live Scan Fingerprinting
As a result of legislation passed in late 1997, the DOJ has developed an automated background check process that requires digitized fingerprints (“Live Scan”). Beginning January 1, 2000, DOJ requested that fingerprints be submitted by Live Scan rather than hard copy fingerprint cards.

Live Scan technology replaces the slow and “archaic” fingerprinting process of recording fingerprint patterns through a rolling process using ink and paper. In many states actual ink fingerprinting is still required. Digitized fingerprint images enables Live Scan service providers such as California Live Scan Centers to electronically transmit fingerprints to the DOJ in a matter of just a few seconds; thus eliminating the need of sending hard copies through snail mail. And if the requested, the DOJ will forward Live Scan data to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

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Finally, the DOJ sends a response directly to the (applicants) requesting agency for the Live Scan within seven (7) working days providing a much faster response as opposed to the inked fingerprint cards. Further information on Live Scan Fingerprinting can be obtained by contacting California Live Scan Fingerprinting Centers at 888-498-4234, or visiting The California Department of Justice web site at http://caag.state.ca.us.

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One Response to “What is Live Scan Fingerprinting?”
  1. JW says:

    Great question Philip.

    It’s our understanding that each requesting Live Scan Agency has access to an applicant’s background checks after it has been “filtered” by the government. Not all requesting agency are allowed to view “everything” on an applicant’s history nor are they allowed to “share” results with other agencies. This is put in place to further protect the applicant’s rights (privacy).

    There are some requesting agencies that will “follow” an applicant throughout their employment/licensing in order to be notified if the applicant was to receive some type of legal infraction. Whereas there are the other agencies that do not do this.

    Contact the the Department of Justice at (916) 227-3332 to learn more. You can also visit our website at http://LiveScan-Fingerprinting.net.

    I hope this sheds a little bit light on your questions. Much Success…