All You Need to Know About The Livescan Certification Process

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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How much does a Live Scan cost?

So your employer or licensing agency has asked you to do a Live Scan Fingerprint and you want to know how much it will cost?
The breakdown for the price of a Live Scan varies depending on your agency’s ORI number and the Application Type on your Live Scan Request Form.
Typically the fees are as follows:
– Rolling Fee: $20 – $25
– DOJ Fee: $32
– FBI Fee: $17
– Child Fee: $15
– DOJ Fee for Record Review: $25

**These fees may be changed by the DOJ at any time without notice, so it is recommended to call ahead and give the Live Scan location the information to get an estimate of the cost of your Live Scan.

If you want to know exactly how much the cost of your Live Scan Fingerprint transaction will be, you should contact your requesting agency and look on your Request for Live Scan form and see which levels of service are checked off (DOJ, FBI, etc…).

If both the DOJ and the FBI are checked off on your form and the site is charging $20 for the rolling fee, you would pay an estimate of $69 ($20+ $32 + $17).

Some agencies, such as non-profit organizations, may have different government fees. If you are volunteering for one of these agencies, the DOJ Fee may be waived.

Billing Number:
If you have a Billing Number on your form, then you will only have to pay the Rolling Fee. The other government fees will be paid by your Requesting Agency or Employer. So if you want to save money on your Live Scan, try to see if you can get that billing number!

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Live Scan Fingerprinting vs. Online Background Checks

Tons of people are ordering Online Background checks, but are online background checks as secure as you think? What if the person that you were hiring happened to give questionable identification? How can you really make sure that the person standing infront of you is really who they say they are?
Online background checks and regular background checks lack one very important aspect, fingerprints!

Fingerprinting is the only true form of identification, don’t get fooled by the very easy to attain fake ID.

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Let’s give you a classic scenario where an online background check would be useless:

Jane Doe has committed a violent crime in New York for which she was arrested, a few years later and Jane Doe is released from prison and is free to roam about the U.S.

Jane Doe can’t find a job because no one will hire her, so what can she do? She can do what thousands of other Americans have done in the past, get fake or fraudulent identification.

Now Jane Doe can travel to California and can respond to a Craiglist ad for a mom who is seeking  a baby sitter for her kids, the mom takes Jane Does fake ID and runs an online background check on Jane Doe.

Jane Doe has nothing on her online background check report and is cleared!
The mom decides to hire Jane Doe because she feels that the online background check is sufficient!

Now her kids are being baby sitted by a violent criminal and she doesn’t even know it.

Don’t let yourself be a statistic, do a Live Scan or fingerprint based background check on anyone you hire.

Now, how to get a fingerprint based background check?

If you are in California you can use the Record Review live scan form that is provided by the California Attorney General’s office for a Personal Use background check.

If you are a large employer, you will have to apply with the DOJ to become an authorized applicant agency.
If you are in any of the other 50 states, you can do an FBI fingerprint based background check.

How can Certifix Live Scan help you?

We offer mobile fingerprinting services nationwide for groups of people. We also have a large network of Live Scan fingerprint locations in California, most of our locations are just minutes away from your home or work.

We provide both the DOJ Live Scan and the FBI Ink Fingerprint card service.
If you are not located in California, you can inquire at your local Police Department for if they offer the fingerprinting service; or they may direct you towards someone who can help you out.

Read more about: 4 Things to Do Before Visiting a Livescan Location

Do you have questions or concerns about someone you have hired?

The Certifix Live Scan support team is available 24/7/365 and we’ll be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Our direct call-in number is (714) 386-7354) or you can send us an email at support@certifixlivescan.com

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How to Apply for FBI Criminal Background Check?

Submitting an Identification Record Request to the FBI

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form.

  • If the request is for a couple, family, etc., all persons must sign the form.
  • Include your complete mailing address. Please provide your telephone number and/or e-mail address, if available.

Step 2: Obtain a set of your fingerprints.

  • Provide the original fingerprint card. Previously processed cards or copies will not be accepted.
  • Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes.
  • Include rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions).
  • If possible, have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician. This service may be available at a law enforcement agency.
  • To ensure the most legible prints possible, refer to the Recording Legible Fingerprints brochure.

Step 3: Submit payment.

  • Option 1: Obtain a money order or cashier’s check for $18 U.S. dollars made payable to the Treasury of the United States. Please be sure to sign where required.
  • Option 2: Pay by credit card using the Credit Card Payment Form. Don’t forget to include the expiration date of the credit card that you are using.
  • Important note: Cash, personal checks, or business checks WILL NOT be accepted.
  • Payment must be for the exact amount.
  • If the request is for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person.
  • If the request is for multiple copies per person, include $18 for each copy requested.

Step 4: Review the FBI Identification Record Request Checklist

to ensure that you have included everything needed to process your request.

Step 5: Mail the required items

the items listed above signed applicant information form, fingerprint card, and payment of $18 U.S. dollars for each person or copy requested—to the following address:
FBI CJIS Division – Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

Note: Although the FBI employs the most efficient methods for processing these requests, processing times may take approximately eight weeks depending on the volume of requests received.

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Request Individual Criminal History Record for CA & Out of State Residents

Access to criminal history summary records maintained by the DOJ is restricted by law to legitimate law enforcement purposes and authorized applicant agencies.

However, individuals have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record from the Department to review for accuracy and completeness.

Requests from third parties are not authorized and will not be processed.
To receive a copy of YOUR criminal history record, individuals must submit fingerprint images, pay a $25 processing fee to the DOJ, and follow the instructions below.

For California Residents

  • All California Applicants must submit Live Scan fingerprints as mentioned Here.
  • Use the Live Scan Form (Form BCIA 8016RR, pdf)
  • Check “Record Review” as the “Type of Application”.
  • Enter “Record Review” on the “Reason for Application” line.
  • Fill out all your personal information.
  • Take the completed form to any Live Scan site for fingerprinting services.

Fingerprinting services are available at most local police departments, sheriff’s offices or any public applicant Live Scan site.

To find the sites nearest to you, their fingerprint rolling fees, and acceptable methods of payment, see Public Live Scan Sites.

Out of State Residents:

  • Applicants Living Outside California/United States must submit manual fingerprint cards (Form FD258).
  • Print out the Application to Obtain Copy of State Summary Criminal History Record (Form BCIA 8705, pdf) and follow the instructions on the form.
  • Please contact your local law enforcement agency for fingerprinting services.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Your fingerprint card must contain your full name, date of birth, sex and return mailing address.

If you are having difficulty in obtaining a blank fingerprint card, please contact the Record Review Unit at (916) 227-3849.

Manual submissions must be accompanied by either personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, money order or certified check.

The check or money order must be made payable to the “California Department of Justice.” Mail your application, fingerprint card and processing fee to:
California Department of Justice
Record Review Unit
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203-4170
Once you have received your Record Review Response, if you want to challenge the contents of your criminal record, you must complete the “Claim of Alleged Inaccuracy or Incompleteness” (form BCIA 8706), which will be included with your Record Review response if there is criminal information on your record.

Mail the completed form, along with a copy of your criminal history record, to the address indicated on the form.

Your challenge must specifically state the basis for the claim of inaccuracy or incompleteness and include any available proof or corroboration to substantiate your claim.

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Live Scan Identification Requirements

The DOJ requires certified fingerprint rollers accept only current, valid, and unexpired picture identification documents as a primary valid identification.
Acceptable Primary forms of photo identification include any of the following:
Acceptable​ ​Primary​ ​Forms​ ​of​ ​ID
● State-issued driver’s license or State-issued ID
● U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
● Federal Government Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV)
● Uniformed Services Identification Card
● Department of Defense Common Access Card
● Foreign Passport with Appropriate Immigration Document(s)
● USCIS-Permanent Resident Card (I-55I)
● USCIS-Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
● Federal,state,or local government agency ID card with photograph
● U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
● Canadian driver’s license
● Consular Identification Card –  only valid for adoption purposes and nothing else.
In​ ​the​ ​absence​ ​of​ ​a​ ​primary​ ​form​ ​of​ ​ID,​ ​applicants​ ​may​ ​provide​ ​at​ ​least​ ​2​ ​secondary identification​ ​documents​ ​including:
● State Government Issued Certificate of Birth
● U.S. Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Identification Card
● Native American tribal document
● Social Security Card
● Court Order for Name Change/Gender Change/Adoption/Divorce
● Marriage Certificate (Government Certificate Issued)
● Draft Record
● School ID with photograph
● Certificate of Citizenship (N-560)
● Replacement Certificate of Citizenship (N-561)
● Certificate of Naturalization (N550)
● Replacement Certificate of Naturalization (N-570)

Secondary​ ​Identification​ ​Data​ ​Support​ ​Documents

When​ ​validating​ ​the​ ​authenticity​ ​of​ ​secondary​ ​identification​ ​documents​ ​and​ ​forms,​ ​the data​ ​and​ ​information​ ​may​ ​be​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​at​ ​least​ ​two​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following​ ​current​ ​documents:
● Utility Bill (Address)
● Jurisdictional Voter Registration Card
● Vehicle Registration Card/Title
● Paycheck Stub with Name/Address
● Jurisdictional Public Assistance Card
● Spouse/Parent Affidavit
When supplemental documentation does not support the validation of the original identification documents, the certified fingerprint roller should not accept the form of identification as valid and not fingerprint the applicant.

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