With the growing popularity of Live Scan technology, there has been a proliferation of companies claiming to provide quality Live Scan services. Consumers should be aware, however, that not all Live Scan service providers are equal. Many “mailbox” facilities offer fingerprinting services, for example, and they may even offer Live Scan, but consumers should only use facilities with fingerprinting technicians who have been certified by the Department of Justice.
All fingerprinting in California, whether performed manually or electronically, must be performed by certified rollers or by certain individuals who are exempt from the mandatory certificaton requirement. These individuals include law enforcement personnel, state employees, and employees of tribal gaming agencies.
The process for becoming certified involves several steps.
First, an interested individual must obtain the Fingerprint Rolling Certification Program Reference Handbook and learn about what is required for background checks and what circumstances may result in disqualification from the certification process.
He or she must then complete an Application for Certification, which requires the submittal of a Social Security number.
Next, applicants must undergo fingerprinting themselves at a certified Live Scan facility, since the Department of Justice will not accept manual hard card fingerprint impressions for Fingerprint Roller Certification submissions.
A valid photo ID and other up-to-date identification materials must be presented at the time of the fingerprinting. Payment of Live Scan fees must be submitted, along with a processing fee for a criminal history check, which is collected by the DOJ and the FBI, and a Certification fee. Individuals may then submit their application packets to the DOJ for review and acceptance.
Previous to January 1, 2010, non-exempt individuals were required to have their applications notarized, but a change in the legal code eliminated this requirement as of that date.
Certification by the Department of Justice requires interested individuals to submit to both state and federal background checks. The DOJ can suspend or even revoke the certifications if the need arises.
Using Certifix Live Scan for background and identity checks ensures that consumers are using a qualified and trusted DOJ-certified provider.
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