Fingerprint Information for Out-of-State Applicants

Fingerprint clearances are a requirement for licensure and may be obtained at any California Live Scan location or via hard card. The California Department of Justice will only accept fingerprint records from a California Live Scan facility or hard card.

As an alternative to obtaining fingerprint clearance at a California Live Scan facility, the applicant may have fingerprint clearance checked via hard card. A hard card allows for an applicant to get their fingerprints checked if they are unable visit a California Live Scan facility.

If you would like to request a hard card fingerprint packet, please email your request to the Board at Once the request is received, a hard card fingerprint packet will be mailed to you. This packet will include all the instructions on how to complete the hard card fingerprinting packet.