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Fingerprinting FAQs
Summary: Frequently asked questions about fingerprinting.

What is Live Scan fingerprinting and what is it used for?
Live Scan fingerprinting is the process whereby fingerprints are scanned electronically and transmitted via a specialized computer terminal to the California Department of Justice. The fingerprints, along with identifying information listed on the Request for Live Scan Service form are searched in the data files for matches that reveal whether there is a criminal history record for that individual, which in turn is used for identification, employment and licensing purposes.

What are the Live Scan Hours?
The Live Scan hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only — no walk-ins. We are closed all major holidays and University designated holidays. Due to the demand for these services, it is recommended that you arrive on time for your appointment to avoid the necessity to re-schedule.

What is a Request for Live Scan Service form and where do I get one?
The Request for Live Scan Service form is a government form in triplicate, identified at the top with Request for Live Scan Service — Applicant Submission. It can also be identified with the code BCII 8016, which is located on the bottom left corner of the form. In order to be fingerprinted using Live Scan, you must obtain one of these forms from the agency or person who is requesting that you be fingerprinted.  See the Related Information Box for a Request for Live Scan Service Form.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • A Request for Live Scan Service form, which should be completed prior to your arrival.
  • A valid government-issued picture ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Payment for the services which can be made in the form of either cash, check or money order. NO CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED.

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What is the cost for Live Scan?
The cost for Live Scan services includes a rolling fee (which varies per Live Scan location), plus applicable State and Federal charges. The rates are currently as follows; our rolling fee is $25, the DOJ (Department of Justice) charge is $32, and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) charge is $19. All rates are subject to change depending on the type of application being processed. You will be advised of the cost once you arrive and information provided on your form has been entered into the computer.

Why do I have to be fingerprinted again if I’ve already been fingerprinted in the past?

  • Per DOJ policy, sharing of criminal history is not permitted
  • For identification purposes
  • Each job/license/permit application can require a different level of service, i.e., some require DOJ, some require both DOJ and FBI, in addition to other checks

How long does it take to get the results back from DOJ and/or FBI?
In most cases, the results from DOJ come back within 72 hours. Please note, due to various reasons, results can be delayed. For any significant delay, DOJ will contact the requesting agency. The results from the Live Scan fingerprinting are either emailed or sent to the requesting agency listed on the Request for Live Scan form. Once the Live Scan process has been completed at our facility, please direct all inquiries to the agency handling your employment or licensing.

Where is the UCLA Police Department Fingerprinting Unit located?
Our address is 601 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095. We are located just north of the Ronald Reagan Hospital.

Where do I park?
There are one hour visitor parking spaces directly in front of the station. 

Where do I go once I arrive at the Police Department?
The Live Scan processing area is located in a secure area of the police department. Contact the front desk personnel and let them know you have an appointment for fingerprinting and you will be assisted in a timely manner.

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UCLA Police Department, Records Unit
Email: | Phone: (310) 206-8126 | Fax: (310) 825-8696 | Mail Code: 136408

601 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
  Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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