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Live Scan Policy

The California Department of Justice provides an automated service for criminal history background checks that may be required as a condition of employment, licensing, certification, foreign adoptions or VISA/Immigration clearances.

For more information and to obtain instructions related to criminal history background check, please click on the tabs on the left.

Applicants must get instructions and the forms required for fingerprinting services from the agency requiring their criminal history background check. Since different forms are used, individuals seeking a "clearance letter" from the department for visa, immigration or foreign adoptions purposes should refer to the Visas, Immigration, and Foreign Adoptions sections to the left.

* Live Scan (Digitally Scanned Fingerprints)

All applicant fingerprint submissions must be transmitted electronically. Live Scan digital submissions provide the quickest way to submit and process background checks.

Live Scan technology allows digitally scanned fingerprints and related information to be submitted electronically to the Department of Justice within a matter of minutes and allows criminal background checks to be processed usually within 72 hours.

In California, fingerprinting must be done by a certified fingerprint roller or qualified law enforcement personnel.