Fingerprint Requirement for Licensees

As a result of the adoption of new regulations, all licensees who have previously not submitted fingerprints as a condition of licensure for the BBS, or for whom fingerprints do not exist in the DOJ's criminal offender record identification database, must do so prior to their next renewal date occurring on or after October 31, 2009. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disciplinary action or the issuance of a fine of up to $5,000.

Licensee Request for Live Scan Submission Form and Instructions

How do I determine when I need to get this done?

The expiration date on your license will determine when you need to comply. For example, if you have an expiration date of March 31, 2010, you need to submit fingerprints by March 31, 2010 since this is your first expiration date after October 31, 2009.

If your expiration date is October 31, 2009, you must submit fingerprints by October 31, 2009. The language of the regulation specifically refers to renewal dates on or after October 31, 2009.

The BBS is sending out a courtesy notification to all individuals who need to comply approximately 90 days in advance of you expiration date (see question five). Remember, only those licensees who have not previously submitted fingerprints, or for whom fingerprints do not exist in the DOJ's criminal offender record identification database, must comply. Please keep your address of record updated so that you receive the notification.

My license is currently on inactive status. Do I still need to comply?

Yes. Even if your license is on inactive status, you must submit fingerprints before your next expiration date occurring on or after October 31, 2009.

I remember getting fingerprinted using the ten-print fingerprint card method with my initial application to the BBS, do I still have to get fingerprinted again using the Live Scan method?

Yes. If you completed fingerprints for the BBS using the ten-print fingerprint card method with your initial application, you will have to fingerprint again for the BBS using the Live Scan electronic submission method in order to establish a record in the DOJ's criminal offender record identification database.

Do I need to send the proof of completion in with my renewal? Where do I send the proof of completion?

No. Your renewal date establishes your deadline to submit the required fingerprints, but you will not need to do anything different when you renew your license. Simply complete the application for renewal and send it in with the appropriate fee. Do not include proof of completion of the fingerprint requirement with your application for renewal.

You should submit proof of completion of this requirement to the BBS as soon as possible after having your fingerprints taken. You are required to retain a copy of proof of completion for your records for at least three years.

How do I get the appropriate forms to complete the requirement?

The BBS will include the appropriate forms in your notification. There is also a link to the forms provided above. For your reference, the schedule of notification mail-out dates is provided below. Please reference your current expiration date to determine when you will receive the courtesy notification. If you comply with the requirement prior to the mail out date, you will not receive notification.

Quarter First Exp Date Last Exp Date Mail-out Date
1 10/31/2009 12/31/2009 7/15/2009
2 1/31/2010 3/30/2010 10/31/2009
3 4/30/2010 6/30/2010 1/31/2010
4 7/31/2010 9/30/2010 4/30/2010
5 10/31/2010 12/30/2010 7/31/2010
6 1/31/2011 3/30/2011 10/31/2010
7 4/30/2011 6/30/2011 1/31/2011
8 7/31/2011 9/30/2011 4/30/2011

I just got my fingerprints done for a new job. Do I need to get them done again?

Yes. Third parties are not allowed to share confidential fingerprint information, so you will need to submit fingerprints through the DOJ for the BBS even if you have recently been fingerprinted for employment purposes.

What do I do if I have already submitted fingerprints to the BBS using the Live Scan method?

You will not receive a courtesy notification if you used the Live Scan method and currently have a record in the DOJ's criminal offender ' record identification database. If you believe you need to comply, but did not receive a notification in the mail within 90 days of your expiration date, please contact the BBS at BBSWebMaster@dca.ca.gov or the Fingerprint Unit at (916) 574-7859.

I reside outside of California, how will I comply?

If you reside outside of California, you will not be able to complete the requirement using the Live Scan method. You will need to complete the requirement using ten-print fingerprint cards. Please contact the Board office to obtain the necessary materials to complete this requirement using ten-print fingerprint cards.

If you have additional questions or require more information. You can also email the BBS at BBSWebMaster@dca.ca.gov or call the Fingerprint Unit at (916) 574-7859. Please consider contacting us via email as this facilitates a more timely response. Due to the high volume of calls we receive, responding to voice mails may take several business days.