FBI Channeler

"FBI-approved Channelers receive the fingerprint submission and relevant data, collect the associated fee(s), electronically forward the fingerprint submission with the necessary information to the CJIS Division for a National Identity History Summary check, and receive the electronic summary check result for dissemination to the individual.  An FBI-approved Channeler simply helps expedite the delivery of Identity History Summary information on behalf of the FBI." 

What you need to know:

  • Only a United States Citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the US may use this process
  • This process can not be used for employment or licensing purposes within the United States. (please view link for further information:  National Identity History Summary check; option 2) 

What you need to do:

  • Go to the following link at Applicant Services and follow the instructions for the FBI Personal Record Review.
  • Once you have completed the process and scheduled your appointment, print out your confirmation

What you need to bring: 

  • Printed confirmation form from Applicant Services
  • Current identification

 FBI Direct Request

Reliant Notary Services provides the standard fingerprint card (FD-258) necessary for inked fingerprints

What to bring: 

  • Current identification

Live Scan

Live Scan services are not available for individuals needing live scan fingerprinting for other states, nor can individuals be fingerprinted via live scan for California if they are out of the state.

What you need to bring:

  • Request for Live Scan Service Form (personal information filled out ahead of time on the form)
    • 3 copies of the Live Scan form, one for the Live Scan operator, one for your records and one for the agency requesting the service
  • Department of Justice approved photo ID Card (see below)

The DOJ requires that certified live scan operators accept only- current, valid, and unexpired picture identification documents as a primary valid identification. 

  • The personal descriptor information (name, gender, date of birth, etc.) matches the information provided on the Request for Live Scan Service form (BCIA 8016FP).
  • The expiration date has not elapsed.
  • The photograph reasonably resembles the applicant's physical appearance

Acceptable primary forms of photo identification include any of the following:

  • California Driver's License
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card
  • Out-of-state driver's license

However, in the absence of a primary form of identification, a certified fingerprint roller may use one or moreof the following as secondary forms of ID, but only with two of the supplemental documents noted below:

  • State government issued Certificate of Birth
  • U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military Identification Card (000 10-2)
  • U.S. Passport
  • Federal Government Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV)
  • Department of Defense Common Access Card
  • U.S. Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Identification Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Court Order for Name Change/Gender Change. Adoption/ Divorce
  • Marriage Certificate (Government issued certificate)
  • U.S. Government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Foreign Passport with appropriate immigration document(s)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N560)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N5550)
  • INS I-551 Resident Alien Card issued since 1997
  • INS 1-688 Temporary Resident Identification Card
  • INS I-688B, I-766 Employment Authorization Card

Please note: When validating the authenticity of secondary identification documents and forms, the data and information need to be supported by at least two of the following supplemental documents:

  • Utility bill (address)
  • Jurisdictional voter registration card
  • Vehicle registration card/title
  • Paycheck stub with name/address
  • Spouse/parent affidavit
  • Canceled check or bank statement
  • Mortgage documents


Click on Link for additional Government fees: Applicant Fingerprint Processing Fees, PDF

Information on, valid identification obtained from: the California Department of Justice Fingerprint Rolling Certification Reference Handbook


Notary Services

What type of identification is required for notarization?:

ID must be current or, if expired, have been issued within the last 5 years; it must contain the signer's photograph, personal description, and signature; and a serial or other identifying number (Civil Code, Section 1185).

Each signer must present at least one of the forms of ID listed below:

  • Driver's License or Identification card issued by a U.S. State.

  • U.S. Passport (physical description not required).

  • U.S. Military Identification Card containing all required elements stated above (the Common Access Card, CAC, is not acceptable).

  • Driver's License issued in Mexico or Canada.

  • Foreign passport or consular identification card

  • Inmate ID Issued by the California Department of Corrections; if the inmate is in custody of a California Prison.

Examples of unacceptable forms of Identification include:

  • Medicare Cards

  • Insurance Cards

  • Student Identification

  • Gym Membership Card

  • Social Security Cards

  • Temporary Driver's Licenses

  • Driver's Licenses without a photograph

Passport Photo

Photo requirements from the US Passports and International travel indicate the following:

Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:

  • Uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, and camouflage attire should not be worn in photos except in the case of religious attire that is worn daily.
  • You may only wear a hat or head covering if you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.  Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo.
  • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required).

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