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, DOJ has developed an automated background check process that requires digitized fingerprints ("Live Scan"). Beginning January 1, 2000, 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. What does it costs for Live Scan? This is dependent on what license you are applying for. Live Scan technicians collect all related government fees and a rolling fee. We charge a nominal fee of $17 for the rolling fee.