Livescan Application Process and Associated Fees
Electronic fingerprinting technology has replaced the rolling of fingerprints using ink and a standard 8" X 8" fingerprint card. This technology electronically transfers images of fingerprints and personal information to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a matter of seconds. The results of the DOJ fingerprint check are sent electronically to the Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB) of the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD).
Effective July 1, 2005, the DOJ only accepts electronically transmitted fingerprint images and related information to process requests for criminal offender record information (CORI). After July 1, 2005, all fingerprints submitted on an Applicant Fingerprint Card (FD258) will be returned to the submitting agency for submission in the electronic format.
In specific, pre-approved situations the DOJ may exempt certain individuals from the electronic submission requirement. Request an exemption from the electronic submission requirement . This process may be lengthy and should be used for hardship situations only.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved multiple other vendors who can provide electronic imaging services. For a list of those approved vendors please visit the California Department of Justice website.
- Individuals can obtain a Live Scan Application Submission form online or from any CCLD Regional Office. This form will automatically request a Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) check if needed.
- The Live Scan operator will inform the individual of the charges, which include the transmission of the prints and all necessary services from the DOJ, the CACI if applicable, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- After recording the fingerprints and applicant information, the data will be electronically transmitted to DOJ for processing.
- DOJ will send the results of the fingerprint check to CBCB.
Estimated time to receive results from date of submittal to Department of Justice (DOJ) if there is no criminal history:
|Fingerprints (DOJ)||Approximately 3 days|
|Fingerprints (FBI)||Approximately 5 days|
|Child Abuse Index check||4-6 weeks|
Time frames will be significantly longer if the applicant has a criminal history or if a fingerprint/Live Scan transmittal is rejected by the Department of Justice.