Federal Fingerprinting uses the latest technology to assure you fast, accurate and good fingerprints. Live Scan fingerprinting is used about 95% of the time for all fingerprinting purposes in California. Our Live Scan fingerprinting systems obtain the best results for all your fingerprinting needs. Live Scan fingerprinting also known as digital fingerprinting is superior compared to the regular fingerprint Ink Cards and Live Scan fingerprinting results usually come back about 5 times faster than ink fingerprint cards and can be sent off the same day. However in some cases Ink Fingerprints are required, please see below for more information or you may also call us.
The California Department of Justice (DOJ) is mandated to maintain the statewide criminal record repository for the State of California. In this capacity, sheriff, police and probation departments, district attorney offices, and courts submit arrest and corresponding disposition information. The DOJ uses this information to compile records of arrest and prosecution, known as “RAP sheets,” for individuals and disseminates the information for law enforcement and regulatory (employment and licensing) purposes. RAP sheets are based upon fingerprint submissions, and therefore positively identified biometrically; a process by which a person’s unique identity is confirmed.
Authorized by California statute, the DOJ has processed State of California and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint-based background checks for decades. While all criminal background check requests must be authorized by statute, some are mandatory while others are permissive. In the past few years there has been a heightened awareness of the availability of criminal background checks to aid in regulatory hiring decisions. Consequently, the number of requests for criminal background checks continues to increase exponentially. Today there are over 45,000 agencies authorized to perform background checks. DOJ technicians process approximately 2 million state level background checks and 1.2 million federal level background checks annually.
Things You Should Know
BACKGROUND CHECK STATUS: An applicant may only request the status of their background check with the agency that requested their background check since the background check response may only be one part of the employment or licensing process. The DOJ’s Integrated Voice Response (IVR) System can provide a simplistic status of the background check processing status, but this status should not be construed as an indication of the employment or licensing status. The review of an applicant’s criminal history is only one piece of an agency’s process in making a suitability determination. The phone number to engage with the IVR is (916) 227-2300. The ATI identifies the transaction. Answers to background check process questions will only be responded to if asked by the agency’s designated point-of-contact (referred to as their Custodian of Records.)
DISCREPANCIES: If you believe there is a discrepancy in your criminal history record, you can obtain a copy of your California criminal history record by completing the form BCIA 8016RR, REQUEST FOR LIVE SCAN SERVICE. The form is available online by clicking on the link,Criminal Records – Request Your Own. After you receive the copy of your own criminal history record, you should review it, identify any incomplete, inaccurate, or missing court information, and follow up with the court where your case was held to request the court submit any corrected information to the DOJ Bureau of Criminal Information and Analysis (BCIA). You should also follow the instructions in the letter included with your copy of your criminal history record for disputing inaccuracies. If you choose, you may designate your legal counsel to receive a copy of your criminal history record (pursuant to Penal Code section 11124.)
RECORD REVIEW AFTER RECEIVING A COPY OF YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK RESPONSE: If you, the applicant, wants to discuss your criminal history with a DOJ technician, you must first request a record review and obtain a copy of your criminal history record. This step is required because the background check results will only contain portions of your criminal history record the DOJ is authorized to release. The copy of your criminal history record you receive as a result of a record review will contain all the information on your criminal history record. The fingerprint-based record review copy of your criminal history record also protects you and ensures only rightful access to your criminal history.