Fingerprint Information

Fingerprinting is required for all applicants and licensees for the purpose of conducting a criminal history record check. The fingerprints remain on file with the California Department of Justice, who provides reports to the Board of Registered Nursing of any future convictions on an ongoing basis (Authority: Business and Professions Code, Section 144). Two methods are available:

  • Live Scan Process: It is recommended that individuals residing in or near California use this method.
  • Manual Fingerprint Process: If you are outside of California or are unable to access Live Scan, you may use the manual fingerprint (hard card) method.

Live Scan Process

If you are residing in or near California, you may obtain the form for Live Scan service from the Board, complete the required fields, and take it to a Live Scan site with your processing fee. At the Live Scan site they will scan your fingerprints electronically and transmit them immediately for processing.

Visit the California Office of the Attorney General website for Live Scan locations. 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 up the licensing process as the Board receives fingerprint results from this technology much quicker than through the manual card process. Please refer to our Processing Times page for current timeframes.

To get started:

  • Download the Request for Live Scan Service form.
  • Complete all areas marked with a red "X".
  • The form will print in triplicate; take all three copies to the Live Scan site with your processing fee.
  • After your fingerprints have been scanned:
    • First copy of form is kept by the Live Scan operator.
    • Mail second copy of form to the Board (attach to your application for licensure, if applicable).
    • Retain third 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 using our Fingerprint Request form. Applicants can refer to Section III of the licensure application instructions for detailed information on completing the manual fingerprinting process. If you are a licensee obtaining fingerprints as a requirement for renewal, see Instructions for Completing a Fingerprint Card. Please refer to our Processing Times page for current timeframes (processing times at DOJ and FBI can vary).