Fingerprinting services are performed by Forensics personnel whose first priority is the processing of criminal cases. Live Scan applicants should be aware that there is a possibility of delays due to call-outs and coverage. Also, system failures will occur due to the computer system. In the event there are delays, you will need to re-schedule your appointment.

General information

Live Scan fingerprint stations are available to assist the public for the purposes of pre-employment. Live Scan has the ability to digitally transmit your fingerprints to the California State Department of Justice. They will then review your criminal history and send the findings back to the requesting agency.


Required Documents

The applicant must have the Live Scan form and the information filled out completely before the scheduled appointment. If not completed he/she may be turned away and may have to wait or reschedule for a later date. If an applicant is to be Live Scanned for multiple items, a separate form is required for each item.

Photo ID

Every applicant must be in possession of a valid form of photo ID to be Live Scanned or fingerprinted. Note: Only a Driver’s License, State ID Card, Passport, or other Government issued ID will be accepted. Student IDs, temporary DMV printouts or similar IDs will not be accepted.

Schedule Live Scan Appointments

The Request for Live Scan Service Form must be completed by the agency or person who is requesting you to be fingerprinted prior to you booking an appointment.

Appointment availability is as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (Friday is also available in SB only):
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last appointment is at 3:30 pm)

Walk-in Wednesday Hours – For Live Scan Only in Santa Barbara location (No Registration appointments at SB Office)
8:00am – 12:30 (last sign-in will be at 12:00pm)
2:00pm – 4:00pm (last sign-in will be at 3:30pm)

To schedule an appointment, please call:
Santa Barbara Station (805) 681-4357 or Santa Maria Station (805) 934-6175


What you will need

Live Scan Request Form: you can get this from the agency that is requesting your to be Live Scanned.
Photo ID: An ID card, Driver’s License, or Passport.
Accepted forms of payment: Cash or Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard)
If you have a billing number it will be $24.00
If you do not have a billing number:
DOJ only – $56.00
DOJ & FBI – $73.00
DOJ & FBI Related to Children – $98

What to do when you check in for Walk-in Wednesday’s:

We cannot guarantee if you will be live scanned today. We take walk-ins on the above posted hours. If you cannot be done in that time you will need to come back a different day.

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-4357

Santa Maria Sheriff’s Office
812 W. Foster
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 934-6175

Santa Barbara

Santa Maria

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