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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 DOJonly 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 ApplicantFingerprint 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) hasapproved multiplevendors 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 onlineor from any CCLD Regional Office. This form will automatically request a Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) check if needed.For Home Care Services, a hard copy Live Scan Submission form may be obtained by contacting the Home Care Services Bureau at (916) 657-3570 or by email at hcsb@dss.ca.gov. Please note, a CACI check is not required for individuals solely associated to Home Care Organizations or the Home Care Aide Registry.
  • The Live Scan operator willinform 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 bythe Department of Justice.