What is Live Scan Fingerprinting?

Live Scan is a digital fingerprinting process that replaces traditional ink fingerprinting in states where it’s available. An applicant’s fingerprints are securely transmitted to a government agency, which performs a criminal history background check using an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Live Scan is often required by statute for certain types of state-issued licenses, employment, and volunteer work. It has many advantages over ink fingerprinting, including image quality and result turnaround time.

Who Needs Live Scan Anyway?

Real Estate Licensees, DMV Licensed Professionals, Notaries, Foster Parents, Teachers, Appraisers, Care Givers, Stock Brokers,Contractors, Nurses, Doctors, Surgeons, Security Guards, Volunteers, Lawyers, etc.

What are the benefits of Live Scan?

The Live Scan process helps in avoiding many of the problems associated with ink prints, such as smudging, smearing, and over or under inking. A major benefit of Live Scan is that your fingerprints are transmitted directly to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice conducts a criminal background check, based on your fingerprints, results are sent within 24 to 48 hours to your employer or licensing agency.

A Trained and Certified Technician will scan your fingerprints using a Live Scan machine. The electronic fingerprinting session takes five to ten minutes and your prints are immediately sent via electronic transmission to the appropriate FBI-Certified channeling agencies for background processing. The technician collect all the appropriate fees from you (the live scan applicant).

Livescan Prints for Illinois Concealed Carry License:   


Illinois Concealed Carry Prints $65.00

Florida Hard Card $20.00

Fingerprints are not required to obtain your Illinois Concealed Carry License. However, including the livescan prints with your applications does significantly speed up the process.

If you have been printed in the past for employment, volunteer work etc and have a Livescan TCN number, please note that it cannot be used again when submitting your application.  TCN numbers are one time use and specific to the single application only.

Florida and Arizona require Fingerprint cards to be submitted.  These cards are produced by the Livescan vendor and are submitted with your paper applications.  Some states charge additional fees for the reading of the prints.  Our fee is for the processing of the hard card only.