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What Is Live Scan Fingerprinting?

Live Scan Fingerprinting

Live Scan is a computer-based, inkless electronic fingerprinting. Used to conduct a criminal background check, candidate fingerprints are digitally submitted to the appropriate state and federal agencies. The lengthy and "antiquated" fingerprinting procedure of capturing fingerprints using ink and cards is replaced with Live Scan technology. Keep in mind many states still require physical ink fingerprinting.

Submitting Fingerprints
Biometric Live Scan service providers can electronically transmit fingerprints to government agencies in a matter of seconds, removing the need to send hard copies by mail. These federal law enforcement agencies will also share Live Scan data with the FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigations if requested (FBI).


Is The Live Scan Industry Profitable?

Due to the low startup costs, many people believe that starting a live scan fingerprinting business is a sound investment. Although the majority of the costs associated with operating a fingerprinting business are associated with hardware and software, many states allow you to use some of your own equipment. The licensing and other laws and regulations that these businesses must follow in order to obtain authorization to take and transmit fingerprints can be a source of frustration, especially if they are unfamiliar with the specific requirements of each state. This subject will take precedence in your course, and you will be familiar with the specifics of how you will accomplish this objective, among other things.

State Regulations | Guidelines | Procedures

In order to remain compliant with the stringent regulations governing the ownership and operation of live scan agencies, it is essential to complete an National Live Scan Fingerprinting Associations' live scan fingerprinting training course. Each state's regulations are strictly enforced, and failure to comply will almost certainly result in significant penalties.

Federal Bureau of Investigation | FBI| Background check

A fingerprint-based search of records in the national criminal history database is performed if an FBI criminal background check is requested. If an FBI criminal background check is requested, the live scan  fingerprints are transmitted to the FBI for processing. If the applicant's fingerprints match fingerprints in the national criminal history database, the FBI sends the Department of Justice a cumulative RAP sheet, which contains criminal history information from any states or federal agencies that have reported the information to the FBI, as well as information from the applicant's state or federal agency. If there is no matching disposition for every out-of-state or federal arrest, the State Agency or Department of Justice (DOJ) is again required by statute to make a "genuine effort" to obtain the missing disposition information. Once the "genuine effort" requirement has been met, a Department of Justice technician must evaluate the revised Rap sheet and create the background check response in accordance with the statutory distribution criterion for the investigation.

What is a Live Scan device, and how does it work?

Live scanners eliminate the need for paper and ink by capturing and storing an electronic image. The digitized prints can then be transmitted electronically, allowing for  a faster turnaround in database searches. Live scan fingerprinting process is  in place of traditional ink on paper. Keeping in mind that some agencies still require ink cards, which will be covered in your training. Live Scan systems must be approved for transmission to specific agencies; some systems may be approved for transmission to one agency but not another, which will have a direct impact on a live scan business that is not aware of the equipment restrictions imposed by the receiving agency.


Your course will cover any and all equipment vendors, as well as any and all limitations that each vendor may impose on you. It will also cover any and all vendors who are considered to be the best in the country.


Criminal Background Check -vs- Personal Background

Background checks are not always the same as criminal background checks! Essentially, "background check" is a generic term. A criminal record check may (or may not) be included in a background check. It could, however, include credit checks, vehicle searches, drug tests, and other procedures. A criminal record check, on the other hand, is a subset of a larger background check.



Purpose of a Live Scan Background Check

An important resource for hiring or licensing authorities is obtaining a criminal background check prior to offering employment, granting licensure, or certifying a candidate. This resource helps the employing or licensing authority evaluate the application. Many of these applicants are contenders for positions that would put them in a position of trust with the most vulnerable citizens, such as the elderly and others who are dependent on them, as well as children. As a result, it is critical that the hiring or licensing authority is aware of any active arrests or convictions that may be relevant.


It is possible that entrusting applicants with responsibility for the position prior to conducting a criminal background check may endanger the safety and integrity of the workplace, as well as put some people in unnecessary danger. In addition, if applicants with specific active arrests or convictions are employed or licensed when legislation prohibits such action based on the successful completion of a criminal background check, employment, and licensing authorities may be subject to legal liability.



Is it possible to make a good income as a Live Scan Service Provider? What qualifications do you need?

As more industries require both employers and employees to undergo background checks and fingerprint identification as part of the recruiting process, the demand for fingerprinting firms in the United States is expanding. Startups are eager to get their hands on fingerprinting businesses because they don't require a lot of money to get going.

Hardware, software, and storefront costs constitute the bulk of the launch costs for fingerprinting businesses.

Taking a person's fingerprints is challenging for some because of the lack of information regarding licensing, regulations, and other rules and laws that must be followed. In order to ensure that anyone interested in entering the live scan fingerprinting field is completely up to date on all of their state's current requirements, guidelines, and protocols, it is recommended that they take a live scan fingerprinting course. When it comes to following the rules, they are stringent and often strictly enforced thus breaking them can have serious consequences.

What Will a Live Scan Background Check Reveal?
A live scan will reveal all  previous criminal activity. Federal records may be included in a live scan fingerprint background check. Generally speaking, the summary of a persons criminal history record will include a variety of items such as arrests, charges, dispositions, convictions, dismissals, diversionary proceedings, and among other things. 


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Getting Started in The Biometric Industry


Live Scan Fingerprinting business offers fingerprinting services for the public needing background checks. Providing individuals seeking Certification, Licensing, Employment, Foster Parenting, EMT's, Teachers, School employees, Day Care, and thousands more.

Live Scan business services can be added to an already existing business or solely as a Live Scan Agency. Services provided can include mobile live scan, group live scan, ink card fingerprinting, child fingerprinting, and much more.

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