Understanding Live Scan Results: What They Mean for You

Understanding Live Scan Results: What They Mean for You

Have you recently undergone a Live Scan for a new job, volunteer opportunity, or licensing requirement? While the process itself is quick and straightforward, the wait for your results can be nerve-wracking. This blog post from Downtown Live Scan aims to demystify Live Scan results, helping you understand what they mean and what to expect.

Beyond the Fingerprint: What a Live Scan Reveals

A Live Scan electronically captures your fingerprints and transmits them to authorized agencies, most commonly the California Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ then searches criminal history databases associated with your fingerprints. Here’s a breakdown of what your Live Scan results might show:

  • Criminal Convictions: Your Live Scan results will reflect any criminal convictions in California, including misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Arrests: Not all arrests appear on a Live Scan. The results typically only show arrests that led to convictions.
  • Outstanding Warrants: Your Live Scan results will reveal any active warrants for your arrest in California.

Want more information on what a background check shows? Check out our article What Does a Criminal Background Check Show?

Interpreting Your Results

Once you receive your Live Scan results (usually delivered electronically to the requesting agency), it’s important to review them carefully. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Results are for the requesting agency: The requesting agency (employer, licensing board, etc.) will determine how your results impact your application. They may have specific criteria for acceptable background checks.
  • Errors can occur: While uncommon, errors can appear on Live Scan results. If you believe there’s a mistake, contact the California Department of Justice for assistance.

What if My Results Contain Unexpected Information?

If your Live Scan results show something unexpected, don’t panic. Here’s what you can do:

  • Contact the Requesting Agency: Discuss the information with them to understand how it might affect your application. They may require additional clarification or documentation.
  • Challenge Errors: If you believe your results contain an error, contact the California Department of Justice to initiate a record review process.

We’re Here to Help!

At Downtown Live Scan, we understand the importance of a smooth and efficient Live Scan experience. While we cannot interpret your results or predict how a requesting agency might view them, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the Live Scan process itself.

Remember: A Live Scan is a snapshot of your criminal history in California. It can be a valuable tool for ensuring you meet the requirements for a new job, volunteer opportunity, or licensing board.

Contact Downtown Live Scan today to schedule your Live Scan appointment!

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