What is Live Scan Fingerprinting?

Live Scan is a system used for the electronic submission of applicant fingerprints to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other California license related departments. Live Scan is a computer digitized fingerprinting that replaces the process of recording fingerprint patterns through a rolling process using ink.

Why "Live Scan" fingerprinting? As a result of legislation in late 1997, the DOJ has developed an automated background check process that requires digitized fingerprints ("Live Scan"). Beginning January 1, 2000, the DOJ has asked that fingerprints be submitted by Live Scan rather than hard copy fingerprint cards. Digitizing the fingerprints enables the electronic transfer of the fingerprint image data along with personal descriptor information to computers at the DOJ in a matter of seconds, instead of the days required to send hard copy fingerprint cards through the mail. DOJ's goal is to process 95% of the digitized fingerprints within 3 days.

What are the benefits of Live Scan? Live Scan will avoid many of the problems associated with ink prints, such as smudging, smearing, and over or under inking. A major benefit of Live Scan is in processing speed since nearly all of those without criminal records are done within 3 days. Rolled ink prints (traditionally submitted on a fingerprint card) can take 10 to 12 days to process and up to 60 days if there is a criminal record.

A&M and LIVE SCAN FINGERPRINTING When your fingerprints are scanned digitally, it is referred to as a Live Scan. Upon completion of your live scan, we electronically submit your digital prints immediately to the CA Department of Justice (CA DOJ) and/or the FBI. These government agencies will then match your fingerprints against their criminal data base and directly notify the requesting agency of the results. If you have no record, you have successfully passed your background screening and the requesting agency may then issue your license or credential and authorize you to commence employment as the case may be.
A&M Notary & Live Scan Services is certified by the CA Department of Justice and authorized by the FBI to roll fingerprints. We are experienced live scan operators and have a 99.99% acceptance rate of fingerprints submitted electronically.

WHERE DO YOU OFFER YOUR SERVICES? All Live Scan fingerprinting, Notary Public & Passport Photo services are offered on site in our office in Highland Park (near Pasadena), by walk-in or by appointment. For those who do not have the time to come to us, we also offer mobile Live Scan Fingerprinting & Notary Service.

The following is a partial list of cities and zip codes that we cover:

Cities: Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Vernon, Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Canada-Flintridge, Burbank, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades.

Zip Codes: 90013, 90011, 90012, 90014, 90015, 90016, 90017, 90024, 90025, 90026, 90041, 90042, 90048, 90058, 90065, 90067, 90069, 90071, 90095, 90210

Very simple. Just call us at 323-259-1511. We have trained staff who can answer all your questions and put your mind at ease.
We are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and later by appointments at our Highland Park office. Please call us at 323-259-1511 to schedule your appointment for our Mobile Live Scan Service.

Rolling Fee and Applicable DOJ and/or FBI Agency Fee(s)

$32 - DOJ Agency Fee for Visa/Immigration, Employment & Licenses.
$25 - DOJ Agency Fee for Personal Record Review.
$15 - Child Abuse Index Check - Only applicable on certain licenses for the Department of Social Services

$19 - FBI Agency Fee for Employment & Licenses.
$15 - FBI Agency Fee for Volunteers.