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Fingerprint Information

Applicants for licensure are required to be fingerprinted for purposes of conducting a criminal history record check. The fingerprints remain on file with the California Department of Justice, and that agency provides reports to the Board of any future convictions on an ongoing basis. (Authority: Section 144, Business and Professions Code) Two methods are available:

  • Live Scan - For applicants residing in or near California, it is recommended that you use this method
  • Manual Fingerprint Process - If you cannot access the Live Scan process, you may use the manual fingerprint card method

Live Scan Process

If you are residing in or near California, you may obtain the triplicate form for Live Scan service from the Board of Registered Nursing, complete the sections marked with a red X, and take it to a Live Scan site along with your fee for processing. At the Live Scan site they will scan your fingerprints electronically and transmit them immediately for processing. After you have had your fingerprints scanned, be sure to attach the second copy of your Live Scan form to your licensing application packet when you mail it to the Board.

Visit http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php to locate Live Scan sites. Most local law enforcement agencies in California have Live Scan equipment. Hours of operation and fees vary, so please contact the Live Scan site directly for information.

Using Live Scan can help speed your licensure because the Board receives fingerprint results from this new technology much quicker than through the manual card process. On average, Live Scan results take 1-2 weeks, while a manual fingerprint card can take 1-2 months. (Processing time at DOJ and FBI can vary.)

  • For a fill and print Request for Live Scan Service form.
    • Complete all areas marked with a Red X.
    • Print 3 copies of completed Live Scan form and take all 3 copies to the Live Scan site with your fee.
    • After your fingerprints are scanned:
      • 1. 1st copy of form is kept by the Live Scan Operator
      • 2. Attach 2nd copy of form to your licensing application packet and mail to the Board of Registered Nursing.
      • 3. Retain 3rd copy of form for your records.

Manual Fingerprint Process

To submit a manual fingerprint card, obtain the 8" x 8" fingerprint card (FD-258) from the Board of Registered Nursing. Refer to Section III of your application instructions for detailed information on how to complete the card, get your fingerprints rolled, and mail them to the Board, along with your fingerprint fees. Please keep in mind that results from the manual card process take 1-2 months on average. (Processing times at DOJ and FBI can vary.)