Live Scan Information

The Bureau Promotes and Supports Live Scan Fingerprinting
The Bureau does not supply hard copies of Live Scan Forms

Live Scan is a system for the electronic submission of fingerprints and the subsequent automated background checks and responses.



The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently changed their process for issuing criminal history responses when an applicant submits one set of fingerprints for both a BSIS license and firearms permit using a combination Live Scan forms (e.g. Security Guard w/Firearm). This change may delay the Bureau's processing of your license application.

To help avoid delays in the processing of your license application, you may wish to consider submitting two sets of fingerprints with separate Live Scan forms (e.g. Security Guard and Security Guard w/Firearm). Please note, however, that submitting fingerprints through two Live Scan forms is more expensive than submitting fingerprints with one combination Live Scan form.

Fingerprint Requirements: All requests from this Bureau for criminal background checks of applicants must be submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) either by Live Scan or on a completed ten-print (hard card) applicant fingerprint card. Previously processed Live Scan submission(s), fingerprint cards, or photocopies of fingerprint impressions are not acceptable.

A license will not be issued until the Bureau receives and reviews the information from the DOJ and FBI.

The DOJ and fingerprint processing fees are established by the DOJ and FBI and are subject to change without notice. The processing fees must be paid at the Applicant Live Scan site at the time of your fingerprint submission.


Complete the appropriate License Type Live Scan form identified in the chart below and take this document with you to the Live Scan Site for fingerprint submissions to the DOJ and FBI. Once your prints have been scanned, the Live Scan operator will complete the ATI Number and return the second and third copies to you with this information.

Your name, social security number and date of birth must be identical to that submitted on your application. All applicants must complete their personal identification information; all fields must be completed. To facilitate prompt and accurate processing, please TYPE or print legibly all requested information.

Keep a copy of the Live Scan form.  You may call the DOJ automated system at 916-227-4557 to check the status of your live scan fingerprint response results.  You will need the ATI number which is located in the bottom section of the Live Scan form that the Live Scan Operator completed and your date of birth to obtain information about the status of your fingerprint responses. 

FINGERPRINT CARD SUBMISSION - (click for instructions)


Locate the license application type for which you are intending to apply in the left column of this chart and use the appropriate Live Scan Identifier form specified in the right column.

License Type Live Scan Identifier
Alarm Agent Employee (ACE) Alarm Agent
Alarm Agent Employee w/Firearm (ACE & FQ)
Alarm Company Qualified Manager w/Firearm (ACQ & FQ)
Alarm Agent w/Firearm
Alarm Company Operator (ACO)
Alarm Company Manager (ACQ)
Alarm Co Lic
Locksmith Company (LCO)
Locksmith Employee (LOC)
Private Investigator (PI)
Private Investigator w/Firearm (PI & FQ)
Private Investigator
Private Investigator w/Firearm
Private Patrol Operator (PPO)
Private Patrol Operator w/Firearm (PPO & FQ)
Private Patrol Opr/Per
Priv Patrl Opr/Per w/Fire
Proprietary Private Security Officer (PSO) Prop Sec Off 7583.9 BP
Security Guard (G)
Security Guard w/Firearm (G & FQ)
Security Guard
Security Guard w/Firearm
Repossession Agency (RA)
Repossession Agency Qualified Manager (RAQ)
Repossession Agency Employee (RAE)
Training Instructor - Firearm (TIF)
Training Facility - (TFF)
Training Instructor - Baton (TIB)
Training Facility - Baton (TFB)
Training Instructor Lic