FAQ’s

What is an FBI criminal history report?

An FBI criminal history report, also known as a “rap sheet,” summarizes felony criminal arrest and conviction records submitted from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This report can be requested either by submitting fingerprints electronically at Dallas Live Scan Fingerprinting, or by submitting ink fingerprint cards to the FBI in Clarksburg, WV. Dallas Live Scan Fingerprinting is staffed with professionally trained fingerprint technicians utilizing highly secure and advanced state-of-the-art technology to ensure that you receive the quickest and best quality service.

How is an FBI criminal history report generated?

The FBI criminal history report is generated from the fingerprint based criminal record check conducted using the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) which searches the National Criminal History Repository database. If records exist, a detailed report, including information retained by the FBI in connection to a felony arrest, such as arresting agency name, date of arrest, the arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, if known by the FBI, is included in the report most commonly known as a “rap sheet.”

Can I go to my local police station to get live scan fingerprinting for an FBI criminal history report?

No, law enforcement agencies will not fingerprint the public on their live scan equipment or transmit fingerprints electronically to any state or to the FBI. Only private vendors like Dallas Live Scan Fingerprinting will provide this type of service for you.

What is live scan fingerprinting?

Live Scan is inkless electronic (also known as digital) fingerprinting. The applicant’s fingerprints are electronically transmitted to an approved FBI Channeler to obtain a criminal record report. Live scan is cleaner and more accurate than the old ink and roll method.

The Live Scan technology replaces the process of recording fingerprints using ink on fingerprint cards. Digitizing the fingerprint images enables service providers like Dallas Live Scan Fingerprinting to electronically transmit fingerprints to an FBI Channeler in a matter of seconds, instead of days spent sending hard copy FD-258 fingerprint cards through the mail and then waiting weeks for those fingerprint cards to be manually processed. Dallas Live Scan Fingerprinting offers both live scan and ink fingerprint card services. Ink fingerprinting is still required in many states, mostly for professional licensure requirements or for Immigration.

Who benefits from utilizing a live scan fingerprinting service?

People who need an FBI criminal history report sooner than later (1 or 2 days vs. 1 or 2 months). Reports are for personal review to ensure accurate information reporting or to review prior to applying for job positions that will require a fingerprint report, adoptions, foreign travel or international work visas, to establish residency and live in another country, student visas, attorney requests for court related matters, or to challenge errors and inaccurate information.

What are the benefits of doing digital live scan fingerprinting rather than the old traditional ink fingerprint card method?

The live scan process helps in avoiding many of the problems associated with ink fingerprinting, such as smudging, smearing, and over or under inking. Live Scan fingerprints are transmitted directly to an approved FBI Channeler which helps you obtain an FBI criminal history report lightening fast as opposed to waiting up to 2 months for a report manually generated after mailing ink fingerprint cards to the FBI.

How does the live scan process work?

Obtaining your FBI report is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Call us at (214) 529-8157 to schedule a convenient appointment in our Irving, TX office or at your location.
  2. Get fingerprinted at our technologically advanced digital live scan station for electronic transmission in less than 10 minutes.
  3. Receive a copy of your official FBI report within a day or two. The entire process is very quick and simple. Call us at (214) 529-8157 now!

Do I have to be a permanent U.S. citizen to have my fingerprints transmitted via digital live scan?

Yes. The FBI requires any person requesting a live scan fingerprint criminal history report transmitted through an FBI Channeler must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. If not a permanent U.S. citizen then ink fingerprint cards are required for manual processing by the FBI.

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is a public official commissioned by the state who notarizes legal documents and who can also administer and take oaths and affirmations. Although notaries are public officials, they are not paid by the government.

If I am required to obtain “F.A.S.T.” electronic fingerprinting from Identogo (A.K.A. Morpho Trust and L-1 Enrollment) for reasons such as Texas ISD teaching certificates, Texas concealed handgun licenses or renewals (CHL), Texas Real Estate licensure, day care center employees, foster parenting, architectural engineering, Texas home inspector, HAZMAT, Texas Dept. of Insurance (TDI), can you help me with my fingerprinting?

Unfortunately, no. Currently the Texas Department of Public Safety has a contract only with Identogo, also known as Morpho Trust and L-1 Enrollment to provide this service for you. If you are required to obtain electronic fingerprinting with “F.A.S.T.” form instructions, you will need to schedule an online appointment at www.identogo.com.

I need fingerprinting completed on fingerprint cards for licensing requirements in another state. Do you offer this service?

Yes. We are certified and authorized to complete state licensure fingerprinting for all 50 states and for FBI criminal background reports. We can use traditional black ink or transfer digital fingerprints onto the cards.

How long does the fingerprinting process normally take?

Most often, only 5 – 10 minutes per person.

How soon can I get an appointment scheduled with Dallas Live Scan Fingerprinting?

Most often we can see you the same day you call or by the next day. It is best to schedule an appointment as far in advance as you can to ensure that you get scheduled for the day and time of your preference. Call (214) 529-8157 to schedule a convenient appointment.

What forms of identification do I need to bring with me to my fingerprinting or notary appointment?

Bring government issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license or State ID, Military ID, CHL license, Alien Registration Card, or Passport.

How can I ensure that my fingertips are ready for you to fingerprint so that you can obtain legible classifiable fingerprints?

Be sure to wash your hands very thoroughly with warm water and dish washing liquid. We need to ensure that you have washed off oils and soil prior to fingerprinting. Light use of hand lotion will also help enhance fingerprint ridge detail.

Does it cost more to schedule a mobile fingerprinting or notary appointment as opposed to coming into your office?

Yes. We charge a trip fee for our time traveling, fuel, and added wear and tear on our vehicles. The charge varies depending on your distance from our Irving, TX office.

We continuously update our FAQ page. If you did not find the answers to your questions on this page, please feel free to call us anytime at (214) 529-8157.

Dallas Live Scan Fingerprinting is the number one choice for digital & ink fingerprinting in Dallas – Fort Worth, TX!

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