What you need to know about Live Scan Fingerprinting

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Employers House Accounts

For companies and organizations that require Live Scan for new hires and/or volunteers on an on-going basis we will be happy to set up an AMERITEK ID employer Client Account. This option is available at both our Los Angeles/Encino and Orange County/Westminster Service Centers.

Client Accounts not only receive convenient as-needed employee processing but valuable transmission reports, record management assistance and DOJ and FBI record response trouble shooting.

Let AMERITEK ID be your Human Resources Live Scan compliance partner. Contact client services in Los Angeles – (888) 417-0203 for details.

Employers’ Resource

“California law authorizes certain governmental and private organizations to conduct criminal record background checks to help determine the suitability of a person applying for a license, employment or as a volunteer working with children, the elderly or disabled. Law enforcement agencies, public and private schools, non-profit organizations and in-home supportive care agencies are some of the agencies authorized to conduct fingerprint background checks.

During the 2007-08 fiscal year, the DOJ processed almost 1.8 million applicant fingerprint transactions. Eighty percent of the electronically submitted fingerprint checks are completed within three business days.

Below is the basic information an agency needs to get authorization to submit fingerprints.” AMERITEK ID will be happy to assist you with your application or provide you with further information.

Note: This information is made available to the public on the California Department of Justice‘s web site. AMERITEK ID has reprinted their most current information here as a convenience to our clients. For detailed instructions and information, please visit the California Attorney General’s web site and learn more about becoming an “Applicant Agency”.


Step 1

Determine if your agency is authorized to submit applicant fingerprints for background checks

Before any of your potential applicants can be fingerprinted for a background check, you must apply with the DOJ to become an authorized applicant agency unless already designated by law. Please note: The DOJ will only approve an organization if authorized in statute. The authorizing statute will specify the level of service you are authorized to receive (i.e., California criminal history information ONLY or California and Federal criminal history information).

Step 2

Submit the appropriate authorization request forms

The following are specific authorization request forms for various applicant agencies including, but not limited to, youth organizations, human resources agencies, contract employers and in-home supportive care providers.

A. Authorization request packet utilized by all applicant agencies unless designated below.

Live Scan Request Packet

B. School Contract Employers ONLY authorization request packet.

Authorization Request Form for School Contract Employers

C. In-Home Supportive Care Providers ONLY authorization request packet.

Authorization Request Form for In-home Supportive Care Providers

D. Youth Organization and Human Resources ONLY authorization request packet.

Authorization Request Form For Youth Organizations/ Human Resources Agencies

Step 3

Determine if your agency is required or wants to receive Subsequent Arrest Notifications on applicants once they are employed or licensed

Applicant Agencies may apply to receive subsequent arrest notification information for individuals for whom criminal background checks were requested. Subsequent arrest services must be requested in writing and are not retroactive for individuals printed prior to receipt of the subsequent notification agreement.

Subsequent Arrest Service Contract

Step 4

Wait for the authorization to be approved

This process can take six weeks to complete, sometimes longer if FBI approvals are required. You will be notified in writing when you can begin sending applicants to be fingerprinted.