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Getting Fingerprinted

What do I need to get a Live Scan? Back to top

Your requesting agency should provide you with a “Request For Live Scan Service Form.” You will need to fill out the applicant information section and bring a valid photo ID such as a Driver’s license or state-issued ID.

Is Live Scan the same as fingerprinting? Back to top

Live Scan is the electronic capture of fingerprints, which are transmitted to the State or the Federal government, for a criminal history background check.

These background checks are usually required by state law for licenses, certifications and various types of employment and volunteer work.

How long does it take to perform the Live Scan? Back to top

The Live Scan fingerprinting usually takes about 10-15 minutes.

You bring your Request for Live Scan Service form and a valid photo ID.
The Live Scan Operator will enter your information into the Live Scan system and take your fingerprints.
The information is then sent to the governing Live Scan agency to compare your fingerprints to a database of criminal history, which may take up to 30 days to be sent to your requesting agency or employer.