Live Scan & Ink Fingerprinting
Certified Fingerprinting Specialists! Professional Live Scan, Ink Fingerprinting & FBI Channeling at our San Diego Location. Walk-ins Welcome! Mobile fingerprint services available throughout San Diego.
Live Scan & Ink Fingerprinting
- San Diego Authorized Fingerprint Facility!
- Certified Live Scan Fingerprint Technicians.
- Ink Fingerprinting – FBI FD-258 Hard Cards.
- FBI Channeler – Expedited FBI Background Checks.
- FBI & California DOJ Criminal Background Reports.
- NEW: Electronic Fingerprints Printed to Hard Cards.
- US Passport Photos & International Visa Pictures.
- Notary Public and Mobile Notary Services.
- Walk-ins Welcome! Appointments Accepted.
- Mobile Fingerprinting Available in San Diego.
Fingerprint Specialists – Live Scan & Ink Fingerprinting
Alive Scan takes great pride in consistently delivering quality and accurate live scan & traditional ink fingerprint services. Our experienced fingerprint technicians and use only top-of-the-line Live Scan equipment to capture accurate fingerprints from even the hardest applicants. We stress this because many live scan vendors have high rejection rates which result in long delays and having to get re-fingerprinted. Alive Scan recognizes the urgency of completing the livescan process right “the first time” in order to start employment or to become licensed or certified in the state of California.
Live scan technology permits digitally scanned fingerprints to be electronically transmitted directly to the California Department of Justice. The purpose of live scan is to generate a criminal background check prior to employment, licensure, or certification. Background checks are usually completed within 48 hours.
Ink Fingerprinting is the traditional “old school” method of using black ink and a fingerprint card (sometimes referred to as “wet fingerprints” or “hard copy”). Fingerprint cards are mostly required for out-of-state licensing and federal employment. Alive Scan is a leader in the San Diego community for capturing accurate fingerprints. Our experienced and trained technicians guide your hand on the ink pad and then carefully roll your fingerprints on an FBI FD-258 Hard Card.
Do you need multiple ink fingerprint cards? NEW – Our FBI Certified Scanner and Printer electronically captures your fingerprints, which allows us to digitally print to multiple fingerprint cards. With a one-time capture of your fingerprints electronically, we can print out as many FD-258 hard cards as you want!
FBI Channeler services expedite FBI Clearance Letters. You can now get your FBI criminal report (IdHSC – Identity History Summary Check or eDO – Electronic Departmental Order) in less than 24 hours. Alive Scan is now authorized to submit fingerprints electronically as an FBI Channeler. The Identity History Reports (PDF Version) is usually available within a couple hours. The FBI Channeling service is ideal for people traveling (to study over-seas, teach abroad, Visas, or to live or work overseas) or simply to check the accuracy of their criminal history record.
FBI Channeling also simplifies the process for you! We electronically roll your fingerprints and securely submit everything electronically for you.
Alive Scan provides mobile fingerprint services throughout San Diego. Do you have a group of employees, students or volunteers that need fingerprinting? Are you an individual who prefers us to come to your home or place of business? Please call us if you have any questions or to book an appointment for our mobile fingerprint technician to travel to your location.
Live Scan vs. Ink Fingerprinting
Live Scan is simply “electronic fingerprinting” for the purpose of criminal background checks. When applying for California employment, licensing, certification or Police Clearance letters, live scan is the fingerprint method used. Live Scan requires a secure connection to the CA Department of Justice so it’s only for California licensing and employment.
Ink Fingerprinting is the “old school” method used to fingerprint via the blue “hard card”. This fingerprint method is used for federal and out-of-state purposes. The “wet fingerprinting” is typically used to run a criminal background check.
FBI Channeling is a newer way of fingerprinting electronically to expedite FBI Identity Summary History Checks. The IdSHC is often required for travel overseas such as teaching abroad or to view your own criminal file.
Our biometric fingerprint location provides easy access to and from the I-5 freeway. So whether you live in Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Clairemont, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Pt Loma…. or you just travel the 5 Freeway, our San Diego live scan & ink fingerprint facility is for you.
COVID-19 “Essential Services” — CA Department of Justice
California Department of Justice (DOJ) declared Live Scan Fingerprint Technicians as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”. Safety is a top priority! Masks are required by all customers and we ask to social distance when not being fingerprinted. Our fingerprint technicians wear masks and gloves and disinfect frequently.