What is Live Scan?

What is Live Scan?

Live Scan is the name for the electronic fingerprinting process used throughout the state of California. Rather than collecting thumbprints using traditional print cards and ink, an electronic scanning device is used to collect fingerprints. Fingerprints may then be securely transmitted to entities like the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in order to more quickly run background checks.

Background checks are required for a wide variety of licenses – notaries public, contractors, health professionals, and security guards to name a few – in addition to being run to satisfy personal curiosity.  Would you like to know what other people can find out about you?  Request a personal background report.

Live Scan providers must be licensed and authorized by the State of California in order to provide this service.  Performance Live Scan is one such approved provider. The equipment and techniques we use at Performance Live Scan are modern and our staff is well-trained.  A typical appointment takes approximately 15 minutes.

If you would like to learn more about the types of applications or professions that may require Live Scan, check out this page:

Live Scan Fingerprinting Service

If you would like to pay in advance of an appointment or on behalf of an employee, many of the service types are available for purchase in our store:

Pay for Live Scan in Advance


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