What is the purpose of a Live Scan?

"Securing a criminal background check prior to employment, licensure, or certification provides a hiring or licensing authority an important resource, which aids in the evaluation of the applicant. These applicants are often candidates for positions that place them in a position of trust for some of California’s most vulnerable citizenry, elderly, and dependent adults and children. As such, it is vital for the hiring or licensing authority to be aware of specified active arrests or convictions. Entrusting applicants with the responsibility of the position prior to a criminal background check potentially jeopardizes the safety and integrity of the workplace and may leave some individuals exposed to unnecessary harm. Employment and licensing authorities may also face legal liability if applicants with specified active arrests or convictions are employed or licensed when statute prohibits such action based on the successful completion of a criminal background check."

information provided by the DOJ

What do I need to bring for a Live Scan?

  • You will need to bring in your Live Scan form. In most cases there should be 3 of the exact same form. 
    1. The first one is for the Live Scan operator to keep.
    2. The second one is for your own records.  
    3. The third one goes back to the agency that is requesting it, once the fingerprinting is completed.  

  • Complete the middle portion of the form. It will ask for all of your identifying information.

  • Bring a valid form of identification. Please see "Acceptable forms of identification" if you have any questions. 

Why do agencies not share information?

A background check is only good from the moment of submission. Each agency is responsible to get the most accurate and up to date information on the individual. 

Acceptable forms of identification


  • California Driver’s License
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card
  • Out-of-State Driver’s License

In the absence of a Primary Form of Identification, one or more of the following may be used as an acceptable form of identification, but only along with two of the Supplemental Documents. 

  • State Government Issued Certificate of Birth
  • U.S. Active Duty/ Retiree/Reservist Military Identification Card (000 10-2)
  • U.S. Passport
  • Federal Government Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV)
  • Department of Defense Common Access Card
  • U.S. Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Identification Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Court Order for Name Change/ Gender Change/Adoption/Divorce
  • Marriage Certificate (Government Certificate Issued)
  • U.S. Government Issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad 3
  • Foreign Passport with Appropriate Immigration Document (s)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N560)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N550)
  • INS I-551 Resident Alien Card Issued Since 1997
  • INS I-688 Temporary Resident Identification Card
  • INS I-688B, I-766 Employment Authorization Card

The information on the Secondary Form of Identification needs to be supported by at least two of the following:

  • Utility Bill (Address)
  • Jurisdictional Voter Registration Card
  • Vehicle Registration Card/Title
  • Paycheck Stub with Name/Address
  • Jurisdictional Public Assistance Card
  • Spouse/Parent Affidavit
  • Cancelled Check or Bank Statement
  • Mortgage Documents

obtained from the DOJ handbook