Live Scan Fingerprinting Services

The Sacramento State Police Department offers live scan fingerprinting services to the Campus community and the general public. Live scan technology allows digitally scanned fingerprints to be submitted electronically to the Department of Justice (DOJ) within a matter of minutes and allows criminal background checks to be processed usually within 72 hours, the results are sent to the requesting agency directly within 2 weeks. Below we have provided general information for students and staff in regards to our Live Scan Fingerprinting Services program.

While the Sacramento State Police Department provides the live scan fingerprinting service, it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain the correct forms for their fingerprinting services. The Sacramento State Police Department and the University Police Service Center Live Scan Fingerprinting program do not provide the DOJ form. Please obtain the form from the requesting agency and double check the instructions from your requesting agency/department to make sure you have the proper information on the form.

Live Scan Fingerprinting Services are done in the Police Service Center, which is located in the University Union, 1st floor.

Walk-In's are accepted for Live Scan fingerprinting services; however, appointments have priority.  Please call (916) 278-2788 to set up an appointment.

The Fall and Spring hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m., open during the lunch hour. 

All fees are set by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and are subject to change without notice.

Common Live Scan Fingerprinting Services Questions:

What are the hours for live scan fingerprinting?

The Fall and Spring hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm (open during lunch hour). 

How to make an appointment?

Appointments are made in 30 minute time blocks. Please call (916) 278-2788 to schedule an appointment. Please note, during the beginning of the semester, we experiences a high volume of applications in the University Police Service Center for fingerprinting services.. Late arrivals forfeit their appointment time. We kindly recommend that applicants arrive five minutes early if possible.

What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

Applicants must bring a valid form of government issued photo identification to their appointment, and the identification presented must be current! Expired identification, DMV photo receipts and Sacramento State OneCards will not be accepted per the U.S. Department of Justice requirements.

Examples of acceptable forms of identification are a valid California drivers license, a valid California identification card, an out of state drivers license, a current passport, an Resident Alien registration card or immigration card (green card), a military identification card, or a Mexican Consulate Identification Card (Matricula Consular de Alta Seguridad).

Applicants must also bring three (3) copies of your BCII 8016 Request For Live Scan Service Form with the ORI Code, Type of Application, Job Title & etc., Agency Address Set Contributing Agency and the applicant's personal information filled in prior to your appointment time. This form must be obtained from the person/agency requesting your fingerprint submission.

Method of Payment: All payments have to made at the Bursar's Office in Lassen Hall 1001. We do not accept check payments at our location any longer.  All applicants that need to pay a fee, must pick up a payment form from the University Police Service Center for livescan services before proceeding to the Bursar's Office  for payments

How much will my application cost?

An application has two fees: 1.) A $10.00 rolling fee for Sacramento State University Police Service Center; and, 2.) A pass through fee(s).

The rolling fee is set by the Sacramento State Police Department and is $10.00 per application.

The pass through fee(s) are set by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Additionally, other various fees may apply if your application requires additional checks through other various State and Federal databases. Depending on your application, the fees can cost anywhere from $0.00 to as high as $84.00. The cost of your application is unknown until the AORI code listed on your application is entered into the Live Scan device at the time of your appointment. Currently, the DOJ has set their pass through fee at $32.00 and the Federal Bureau of Investigations has set their pass through fee at $19.00. Please be advised that the DOJ and the FBI reserve their right to change their fees at any time without notice.

All fees must be paid for prior to submitting your fingerprint transmission. Please make the appropriate arrangements to pay your fees. 

How do I fill out the BCII 8016 Request For Live Scan Service Form?

The information that you are responsible for on the BCII 8016 Request For Live Scan Service Form is the area field that starts with "Name of Applicant". For a detailed explanation of how to fill out your form, please download this BCII 8016 & 8016A Instruction Form in pdf format. Please read over this information carefully.

When will the results be available?

The Department of Justice sends all fingerprinting results directly to the requesting agency only.  Results are not provided to the University Police Service Center; nor, are they provided to the individual.  Contact your requesting agency regarding questions pertaining to receiving the results.

My fingerprints were rejected, what do I do?

If your fingerprints are rejected by the Department of Justice (DOJ), you will need to bring with you the rejection letter from the DOJ in order to have your fingerprints resubmitted. If your fingerprints were submitted at the Sacramento State University Police Service Center the $10.00 rolling fee will be waived. If you were fingerprinted at another Live Scan agency, per Department of Justice Standards, you will be charged a $10.00 rolling fee. All other fees will be waived by the DOJ.

My department/agency doesn't receive fingerprint responses from DOJ. How do we get access to the responses?

Your department/agency needs to become an applicant agency with DOJ. If your agency would like to have access to criminal background information for the purposes of hiring, volunteer, or certification purposes, please go the Department of Justice's Website to apply to become an Applicant Agency. Here you will find all the information that you need in order to begin the application process.

It's been two weeks since I had an applicant get fingerprinted, and I haven't received a response from the DOJ. What do I need to do?

If you have not received a response from the Department of Justice within two weeks of sending an applicant to be fingerprinted, please read the information provided. The following information has been taken directly from the California Department of Justice website:

“While most Applicant Agencies receive results of background checks electronically from the state Department of Justice, some must receive reports by U.S. mail in a process that can take a minimum of seven days. To check on the status of Live Scan fingerprint submissions, call the Department of Justice's 24-hour automated system at (916) 227-4557. There is no automated system for checking on paper fingerprint card submissions.

To use the automated telephone system, you will need to have key information before making the call: (1) the applicant's date of birth; and (2) the 10-digit Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number that appears at the bottom of the Department of Justice form requesting Live Scan fingerprint background checks (the ATI number always appears in the following sequence: 1 LETTER; 3 NUMBERS; 3 LETTERS and 3 NUMBERS).

If you have submission problems or want to check the status of hard card fingerprint submissions, contact the state Department of Justice's Applicant Processing Program at (916) 227-3823. Because of the volume of calls received and time needed to research each request, there may be delays in responding to your inquiry."

My Campus department/agency would like to be billed for our applicants' rolling fee and/or pass through fee. How can we do this?

On Campus Departments may request to have the rolling fee and the pass through fee of prospective employees, and/or volunteers, billed to their Department if they do not want their applicants to have to cover the fees associated with their application. This must be done well in advance of the scheduled appointment(s). Please contact the Universtiy Police Service Cetner, (916 278-2788, to coordinate billing and the scheduling of appointments with a Live Scan Operator..

Is there other information regarding live scan fingerprinting?

We have provided a brief list of links with a short description about various State programs; and, the associated Campus Departments for your information. If you are looking for information about  programs listed below, please follow the link to the appropriate webpage.

Teacher Preparation & Credentials:
Eureka Hall Room 216
(916) 278-6403

Division of Nursing
Request For Live Scan Service Form
Folsom Hall Room 1002
(916) 278-4106

Community Engagement Center
Library - North Room 4028
(916) 278-4610

Department of Justice

DOJ Fingerprint Submissions Applicant Information
Provides information for applicants & applicant agencies

DOJ Applicant Live Scan Locations
Lists applicant Live Scan locations in California by county

If you would like to have a direct link listed for your department, or have suggestions as to how to improve the information provided, please call (916) 278-2788 to provide your feedback.