LiveScan Fingerprinting - Live Scan Labs (2023)

What should I know before I submit my fingerprints?

Read the Privacy Act Statement that explains the principal purpose of submitting fingerprints and your rights to review the record if you believe that criminal history records is incomplete or inaccurate.What should I know

When should I submit my fingerprints if I am applying for a license?

We suggest that you submit your fingerprints using a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) approved Livescan Device Vendor at least 5 days prior to submitting your application for licensure. This will allow sufficient time for FDLE to process your fingerprints and submit the results to the Department. If your fingerprint results are not received by the Department at the time your application is being processed, your application will be deemed incomplete.

How do I find a location (Livescan vendor) in order to submit my fingerprints to the department?

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation accepts electronic fingerprinting service offered by Livescan device vendors that are approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and listed at their website. You can view the vendor options and contact information atLivescan Device Vendors List.

What information must I provide to the Livescan vendor I chose?

If you are an applicant seeking a license for any profession regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which requires a criminal background search as a condition of licensure, you must provide accurate demographic information at the time your fingerprints are taken.

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Please make sure that youclearly identify the professionfor which you are seeking to be licensed or select “Temporary License for Military Spouse” and submit your fingerprints payment to the vendor. Any inaccurate information that you provide could cause a delay in processing your request.

You must provide the correct ORI number.

Where do I get the ORI number to submit to the vendor?

The following professions require submission of electronic fingerprints as a part of the licensure application. The ORI number identifies the correct profession and the agency that is responsible for processing your request. The ORI numbers are indicated next to each profession.

Real Estate Sales and Brokers– FL920010Z
Real Estate Appraisers– FL922050Z
Construction– FL923400Z
Community Association Managers– FL921932Z
Talent Agents– FL921670Z
Athlete Agents– FL922040Z
Employee Leasing– FL921880Z
Alcoholic, Beverages and Tobacco– FL 920150Z
Home Inspectors– FL 924250Z
Mold Remediation or Assessment– FL 924260Z
Military Endorsement– FL 924270Z (All Boards)
Drugs, Devices & Cosmetics– FL 924780Z
Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes (FCTMH)– FL921900Z
Pari-Mutuel Wagering (PMW)– FL920630Z
Pari-Mutuel Slots (PMW)– FL923230Z

FDLE will only retain the criminal results from applicants for a period of six months from the date the fingerprints were rolled. Applicants should submit their applications soon after submitting their fingerprints in order to afford themselves an opportunity to resolve any application deficiencies prior to the expiration of the criminal history results.

How does the electronic fingerprinting process actually work?

In the traditional method of fingerprinting, ink is applied to each of your fingers which are then “rolled “across a fingerprint card to obtain your prints. With electronic fingerprinting, there is no ink or card. Your fingerprints are “rolled” across a glass plate and scanned. It is faster and cleaner than the traditional method. Electronic fingerprinting reduces the likelihood of illegible fingerprints and will reduce the overall application processing time.

How long will it take to have my fingerprints scanned?

It should only take approximately 5-10 minutes.How long will it take to have my fingerprints scanned?

How Much doses electronic fingerprinting cost?

The total fee charged by each vendor varies. Please contact the vendor to obtain this information. The fingerprint results are usually received by the department two to four days after your fingerprints are scanned.

You can view the vendor options and contact information atLivescan Device Vendors List.

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What do I need to bring with me to the Florida electronic fingerprinting site?

All applicants will be required to bring two (2) forms of identification to the electronic fingerprinting site on the day of scheduled fingerprinting. One of the two types of identification must bear your picture and signature such as a driver’s license, state identification card or passport. Applicants cannot be permitted to be fingerprinted without proper identification.

I submitted my fingerprint through an FDLE approved vendor, but I have now received a deficiency letter regarding my fingerprints? What should I do?

As of the date of the mailing of the deficiency letter, your electronic fingerprinting results have not been transmitted to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We will not be able to process your application until we have received this information. You should contact your fingerprint vendor to determine if they have submitted the prints to the FDLE for processing.

Vendor contact information can be viewed atLivescan Device Vendors List.

What should I do if I am notified by the Department of Business Professional Regulation that the FDLE or FBI determined my electronic fingerprints were illegible?

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The electronic fingerprint scanning machines are equipped to determine if your fingerprints scanned successfully; however, if it is determined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that your prints were not legible, we will send you a notification letter asking you to go back to the same vendor that did your initial prints and schedule a re-roll of your prints. You will be required to bring the notification letter with you as information such as the TCN (Transaction Control Number) and TCR (Transaction Control Reference) must be identified and used at the time of the reroll.

How long are my fingerprints valid for?

DBPR will retain results of the prints for 12 months from the date your digital fingerprints were electronically received by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE retain the prints for 180 days only. If your prints have expired at the time your application is submitted to the department, you will be required to submit new prints again.

Can I use my recent print to apply for another professional license?

Per FBI regulation, your prints cannot be shared between professions or with other agencies. You are required to have separate prints for each license you are applying for, using the correct ORI.

What kind of assistance can the DBPR provide if I have problems with a Livescan vendor?

As an applicant, you have the choice to select a vendor approved by the FDLE. Since DBPR does not approve or regulate Livescan vendors, you will be fully responsible for the fingerprint submission and for ensuring that the prints have been timely submitted to the FDLE. The DBPR retrieves the fingerprint results from the Department of Law Enforcement through a secure web site. We suggest that you ask the vendor for a receipt showing payment date and other pertinent information in case you need to go back to them for assistance.

If I am living out of state, how do I submit my fingerprints without having to travel to Florida?

Go to the FDLE Livescan Device Vendors Listand choose a Livescan vendor that is certified as “hard card scanning capable”. These vendors have the ability to process fingerprints through additional methods, including the use of hard copy fingerprint cards. If the vendor requests that you provide a fingerprint card, you may call the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850.487.1395 to obtain one. When requesting a card, please specify the profession for which you are seeking licensure.

Out of State Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Applicants only:
Your fingerprint card can be obtained from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation by contacting the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco at 850.488.8284, or one of the division’s district offices. A listing of the district offices can be found on the web here.Once the fingerprint card is received, you may then go to a local law enforcement office in your area to have your fingerprints rolled onto the card. Information specific to the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco will bepreprinted on the fingerprint card. Other information will be completed at the local law enforcement agency. The instructions for submitting your fingerprint card are outlined above.

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What happens after I get my fingerprints done using a Livescan vendor?

The Livescan vendor will send your scanned fingerprint images to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) using theORI numberyou provide to the vendor. The FDLE/FBI will process the fingerprints and provide the results to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, usually within three to five business days from the scan date. You do not have to do anything with your fingerprint results unless the department contacts you for additional information.

How can I determine the status of my Livescan transaction?

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has developed a new feature that will allow an individual or organization to perform a search to determine the status of an applicant Livescan transaction. The Civil Workflow Control System (CWCS) serves as the FDLE automated applicant criminal history request system. The status of a CWCS transaction can now be provided from a search within the newly developed “Civil Workflow Control System Transaction Status Search”. The only identifier needed to perform the search is the Transaction Control Number (TCN) which is generated at the time the applicant information and fingerprints are captured.

The “Civil Workflow Control System Transaction Status Search” is available to the public at:

What happens if the fingerprint results indicate that I have a criminal history?

If you have a criminal history, your application will be reviewed by the department to ensure that your criminal history will not statutorily disqualify you from becoming licensed in that particular profession. Depending on the type of criminal offense(s), your application might require board review or require your personal appearance before the board. You will be notified in writing of any required appearance before the board.

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How long does it take to get the results of Livescan? ›

The Live Scan Process takes approximately 3-7 days once DOJ/FBI receives your 41-LS form. Out-of-state applicants must complete the FD-258 "hard-Card" manual fingerprint process, which takes approximately 10-12 weeks to complete.

What shows up on a Livescan? ›

What Does A Live Scan Reveal? A live scan will reveal all your criminal history. Live scan fingerprinting can even include your federal record. Typically, the summary of your criminal history record will include various things like arrests, charges, dispositions, convictions, dismissals, diversions, and others.

Can you use a live scan for multiple jobs? ›

If I have had a live scan before do I need to do it again? Yes, your prints only go to one agency or employer at a time so you can't use one set of prints for two different live scans. Agencies or employers are not allowed to share a person's background check information with one another.

How do I check my live scan results? ›

To check the status of your live scan, you can visit the DOJ website by clicking here. You will need the following information: Your date of birth (DOB) The 10-digit Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number that is located at the bottom of the Live Scan Applicant Request form.

What is the difference between a background check and a Livescan? ›

Because Live Scans are based on fingerprints and not only on name, birth date, and demographic information, they will not give false positives. This makes Live Scans much more accurate than your traditional background check.

Why is Livescan taking so long? ›

The standard processing time is two to five days, however, some results may take longer. Any criminal history, or poor ridge detail (poor fingerprint quality), may cause further delays. 2. How can I check the status of my live scan background check?

How far back does a live scan go in California? ›

The state of California has mandated that Live Scan reveal only records related to the following categories: Crimes relating to child abuse or elder abuse. Sex Offenses. Convictions or incarcerations in the last 10 years as a result of committing: theft, robbery burglary or any felony.

Is a live scan an FBI check? ›

Live scan is fingerprinting done electronically performed for an agency or an individual to receive a background check from the DOJ and FBI.

How much does a live scan cost in CA? ›

Live Scan Fees
Type of License / ApplicationRolling FeeTotal Fee
Adult Residential Care Facility$20$79
Alcohol & Beverage Control Lic$20$20
Ambulance Driver (DMV)$20$52
California Lottery Retailer$20$20
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How often do you have to do Livescan? ›

How often do I have to be Fingerprinted? Live Scan Fingerprinting is done only ONCE. Your AYSO Live Scan will be valid continuously unless there is a gap in volunteer service of five or more years.

Is live scan only in California? ›

Unfortunately, the state governments do not allow businesses in outside states to transmit fingerprints across state borders. Live Scan is only accepted if the fingerprints are taken in the same state that is receiving the Live Scan transaction.

Who needs a Livescan? ›

All types of individuals are required by the state and federal governments to get Live Scan, including (but not limited to): realtors, licensed DMV professionals, notaries, foster parents, teachers, appraisers, caregivers, stockbrokers, contractors, nurses, doctors, surgeons, security guards, volunteers, and lawyers.

How do I check my live scan status in California? ›

You can check the status of your live scan on the Department of Justice Applicant Status Check website: which will let you know if it is still processing or if it has been completed. You will need your date of birth and ATI number.

Do I get a copy of my Livescan? ›

The only way to obtain a copy of your live scan results is to ask for a copy from your requesting agency. It is at their discretion to release that information.

Why was my live scan rejected? ›

A Live Scan can be rejected either for poor fingerprint quality or data entry errors. Your employer or agency can find out what the reason was by emailing You or your agency may also receive a rejection letter from the DOJ that states the reason for rejection.

Is fingerprinting the same as a Live Scan? ›

Live Scan is inkless electronic fingerprinting. The fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for completion of a criminal record check.

How far back does a fingerprint background check go in California? ›

In California, criminal convictions can only be reported for seven years. Under California civil code (The Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act), any misdemeanors, complaints, indictments, arrests, and convictions older than that cannot be reported on background checks.

Are there different types of Live Scan? ›

3- Various Live Scan Forms

In addition to the ORI code on the form, there are actually many forms. And that depends on the job you are applying for or your license. So, a technician might not be aware of the right form that you need. Only the requesting agency has that kind of information.

How long does LA County live scan take? ›

A: Live Scan results can take anywhere from 3-30 days. We will notify you immediately once they have cleared.

What does DOJ mean in live scan? ›

Live scan is digital fingerprint submission transmitted electronically to the California Department of Justice (DOJ). Live scan is 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.

What is the California 7 year rule? ›

California Civil Code § 1786.18 (a)(7)

Summary: CRAs generally may not report: Convictions that are more than 7 years old, counting back from the date of the report. Non-convictions, including arrests that did not lead to conviction, indictments, and other expunged, sealed, or dismissed records.

What background check do most landlords use? ›

A rental background check is a tenant screening tool that allows landlords to see various aspects of a rental applicant's past behavior. The majority of the data you'll see comes from the three major credit bureaus: TransUnion. Equifax.

What shows up on a background check FBI? ›

An FBI background check typically shows the following information: Criminal charges, convictions, and incarceration. Bankruptcies. Outstanding warrants.

How long do fingerprints last? ›

Q: How long will fingerprints last? A: There is no scientific way to know how long a latent fingerprint will last. Fingerprints have been developed on surfaces that had not been touched in over forty years; yet not developed on a surface that was handled very recently.

What shows up on FBI name check? ›

The searches seek all instances of the individual's name and approximate date of birth, whether a main file name or reference. By way of explanation, a main file name is that of an individual who is the subject of an FBI investigation, whereas a reference is someone whose name appears in an FBI investigation.

How much does UPS charge for a live scan? ›

Live Scan fingerprinting is an inkless form of fingerprinting done electronically. The recorded fingerprints are transmitted to the Department of Justice as well as the FBI. The UPS rolling fee is $25 for live scan fingerprinting and $35 for ink fingerprint cards.

What documents are needed for live scan in California? ›

You must bring the following to the Live Scan site:
  • A completed Request For Live Scan Service (PDF) form.
  • A current photo identification.
  • A fingerprint processing fee and an additional rolling fee. Please call the Live Scan site to verify the amount of the rolling fee.

How much is Livescan in LA? ›


$47 is‏ our ROLLING FEE. Be aware that there may be DOJ/FBI fees that may apply. Please ask the requesting agency if those fees will be added on top of our rolling fee or if they will provide you with a billing number to cover the government fee.

Can you reuse Live Scan results? ›

This means that you must submit a new application each time a criminal history is requested of you; therefore you must go through the Live Scan process again. Previous Live Scan information CANNOT be utilized. You must be Live Scan fingerprinted any time you change employers when you work in the public school system.

Do you need Social Security for Live Scan? ›

Do I have to provide my social security number on the California DOJ Live Scan form? Providing a social security number is not legally required; however, DOJ procedures recommend providing the social security number on the Live Scan form.

Can you use Passport for Live Scan? ›

A current listing of Live Scan sites is available on the DOJ website at appointment times if necessary. You must present valid photo identification (i.e., driver's license, military ID, or passport) at the Live Scan site.

Can I get fingerprinted at local police station? ›

Contact your local police station to schedule a time to get fingerprinted. 3. Bring the Fingerprint card and the Authorization for Release of Information form with you to the police station. Pay the required fee.

Do local police departments do fingerprinting? ›

Police departments, sheriff's offices and other government agencies provide fingerprinting services to the general public.

Why do we need Live Scan? ›

A major benefit of Live Scan is that your fingerprints are transmitted directly to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice conducts a criminal background check, based on your fingerprints, results are sent within 24 to 72 hours to your employer or licensing agency.

How do I contact Live Scan California? ›

For inquiries regarding the status of your record review request, please contact us at (916) 227-3849.

How do I contact DOJ fingerprinting? ›

24-hour Automated Telephone Service Available: (916) 227-4557. If a requesting agency does not have results within seven days and digital Live Scan fingerprints were submitted, you may use the automated telephone system to check on your submission.

What does it mean when it says case was updated to show fingerprints were taken? ›

My Case Was Updated To Show Fingerprints Were Taken

This status means the Biometric Appointment was completed, or in the rare/special case, past fingerprints from prior USCIS Filings applied the old records to the new USCIS Filing.

What is the most common mistake in fingerprinting? ›

One known flaw in fingerprinting is that examiners may taint the identification process through bias and peer pressure.

How long does Livescan take to come back? ›

The Live Scan Process takes approximately 3-7 days once DOJ/FBI receives your 41-LS form. Out-of-state applicants must complete the FD-258 "hard-Card" manual fingerprint process, which takes approximately 10-12 weeks to complete.

What happens if fingerprints get rejected twice? ›

Fingerprint images can be rejected by the DOJ and/or the FBI. Fingerprints that are rejected twice by the DOJ due to poor print quality will be processed by the DOJ using the applicant's name to check the criminal history database for any existing criminal history.

How far does a live scan go back in California? ›

The state of California has mandated that Live Scan reveal only records related to the following categories: Crimes relating to child abuse or elder abuse. Sex Offenses. Convictions or incarcerations in the last 10 years as a result of committing: theft, robbery burglary or any felony.

How do I get my live scan results in Florida? ›

How can I check on the progress of my results? How to check progress? You can visit and enter the TCN number (the number on your receipt that references your fingerprint transaction) or contact FDLE directly at 850-410-8109.

How fast do fingerprints come back? ›

How long does it take to receive results? Results of fingerprint-based checks are typically received within 3-5 business days.

How much does a CA live scan cost? ›

The fingerprint rolling fee typically ranges between $25-35, these are in addition to the applicable government fees depending on the level of service required by your agency. The typical fees are Department of Justice (DOJ) $32 and FBI $17.

How do I prepare for a live scan? ›

You must bring the following to the Live Scan site:
  1. A completed Request For Live Scan Service (PDF) form.
  2. A current photo identification.
  3. A fingerprint processing fee and an additional rolling fee. Please call the Live Scan site to verify the amount of the rolling fee.

What does a California live scan Show? ›

The live scan operator checks the applicant's identification, inputs the applicant's personal descriptor information, captures the applicant's fingerprints electronically, and transmits the data to the DOJ.

How long are live scan fingerprints good for in Florida? ›

Per Florida Statute, retained fingerprints must be renewed every 5 years in order to maintain eligibility for employment.

How long does a Level 2 background check take in Florida? ›

Please note the Background Screening Units average processing times for reviewing these screenings is 5 to 7 business days once the results are received from FDLE. All persons required to be screened must be screened and eligible before they are hired to work in a position that requires a Level 2 background screening.

How often do fingerprints get rejected? ›

Approximately two percent (about 400 per year) of all fingerprints received in the CBCP office are rejected. About 75% of those that have been rejected submit acceptable prints the second time.

What is the next status after fingerprints were taken? ›

Once they're taken, the fingerprints will be sent to the FBI by USCIS so a criminal background check can begin. There are situations when the FBI rejects fingerprints if the quality is not good enough. So, if this happens, the USCIS will let you know.

Do fingerprints change with age? ›

Fingerprints do not change. However, it can be more difficult to capture our fingerprints as we age. This is because the skin loses elasticity with age, and the patterns become less prominent due to the thickening of ridges and furrows.


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