Under California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5, all active attorneys licensed in California must be re-fingerprinted. The State Bar is requiring attorneys to resubmit fingerprints by April 30, 2019. Failure to follow these instructions may be considered non-compliance with State Bar of California fingerprinting rule requirements and may subject attorneys to penalties. In-state attorneys must follow the instructions below:
» Fingerprints Need to Be Taken by a Live Scan Vendor
» Download a Prepopulated Live Scan Form
» Live Scan Vendors in California and Related Fees
» Automated Transaction Identifier Number
» Proof of Live Scan Submission
» Resubmit Fingerprints When Notified of a Rejection» Resubmit Fingerprints Within 90 Days of the Initial Rejection Notice
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Fingerprints Need to Be Taken by a Live Scan Vendor Back to top
If you live in California, you need to obtain a prepopulated Live Scan form issued by the State Bar to submit your fingerprints to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
» Attorneys must download a prepopulated Live Scan form via My State Bar Profile.
Once you have the Live Scan form:
Live Scan Vendors in California and Related Fees Back to top» Certified Live Scan vendors (DOJ website)» Fingerprint processing fees (DOJ website)
Each attorney will be responsible for covering the cost related to submitting the fingerprints to the DOJ and FBI.
The cost for a DOJ and FBI background check is $49: $32 for the DOJ and $17 for the FBI.
The costs for the Live Scan vendor to physically take your fingerprints differ by vendor and can range from $5 to $75, with an average cost of $33.
Contact the Live Scan provider in advance to verify operating
hours, fees, payment methods, walk-in policies, etc. Attorneys must present
valid photo identification to the Live Scan technician. Expired identification
will not be accepted.
Please note, there are no specifically designated Live Scan vendors contracted with the State Bar to offer Live Scan services to attorneys for the purpose of complying with the Fingerprinting Rule. Attorneys can choose to use a Live Scan vendor that is contracted to submit fingerprints to the DOJ and generate an ATI number.
Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) Number Back to topOnce fingerprints have been submitted, the Live Scan
technician will sign the bottom of the Live Scan form and provide a
10-digit ATI number assigned to your fingerprint impressions, all of which the
DOJ and FBI will receive. Attorneys must retain the ATI number as proof of
submitting fingerprints to the Live Scan vendor.
The Live Scan technician will submit your fingerprints
electronically to the DOJ and FBI. It takes about 3 to 14 business days
for the State Bar to receive confirmation of an attorney’s fingerprint
submission. The State Bar cannot predict delays in this process.
» See more information on the
background check process and potential causes for delay
Proof of Live Scan Submission Back to topAttorneys must submit their ATI number into the ATI link. This shall
serve as proof of submission of fingerprints to a Live Scan vendor by April 30,
2019, before the penalty period begins.
The ATI number submitted through the ATI link will be regularly
audited against notifications received by the DOJ and FBI. The attorney will be
notified if the ATI number will need to be resubmitted. The use of fraudulent
ATI numbers may lead to disciplinary action.
Resubmit Fingerprints When Notified of a Rejection Back to topIf you are notified that your fingerprints have been rejected, please do the following:
You should not be charged for additional DOJ and FBI fees if you provide the vendor a copy of the State Bar fingerprint rejection notice. The Live Scan vendor may, however, charge its fee again for the second submission of fingerprints.
The Live Scan vendor will complete the new Live Scan form and provide you with a new ATI number. Return to your My State Bar Profile and enter the new ATI number.
You may also choose to go to a different Live Scan vendor. If you choose to do so, however, you will have to pay the DOJ and FBI processing fees again, on top of any additional vendor fees.
Resubmit Fingerprints within 90 days of the Initial Rejection Notice Back to topIf you do not resubmit your fingerprints within 90 days of receipt of the rejection notice or by April 30, 2019, (whichever comes later), you will be penalized $75. After that you will be required to resubmit your fingerprints by August 1, 2019, or you will be penalized an additional $100. If you have not resubmitted your fingerprints by December 1, 2019, your license status will be changed to inactive.
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