Fast. Convenient.

Live Scan is the easiest way to get a government background check.

Why Live Scan?


100% electronic

No more ink smudges-our trained specialists take your fingerprints with high-quality digital scanners.

Accurate identification

Accurate identification

Your prints get checked against official government databases for any record of criminal history.


Quick results

Your background check results get sent directly to the organization that requested your live scan.

How to get a live scan


Complete your forms

The organization that’s requesting your live scan will provide you with a Request for Live Scan Service form. Fill out your personal information and follow any special instruction that may have been included with your form.


Find a fingerprinting location

With over 300 convenient Certifix locations, it’s easy to find one near you.

When you get fingerprinted, bring:

  • 3 copies of your completed Request for Live Scan Service form
  • Valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport
  • Payment method

Get fingerprinted

Our trained specialists will take your fingerprints and send them to the government for processing. The organization that requested your live scan will receive the background check results.