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Licensure as a Psychologist - Fingerprint Procedures

Before the Board of Psychology can issue a license, a clearance must be received from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to document that the applicant has no criminal history that has a substantial relationship to the qualifications, functions or duties of a psychologist.

If you have not been registered or licensed with the Board of Psychology previously, you must have your fingerprints scanned for a criminal history clearance through a process called "Live Scan." This process requires applicants to go to a Live Scan site for fingerprint scanning services. Live Scan sites are located throughout the state at various locations within each county. For a complete listing of Live Scan sites, visit the DOJ web site at ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.htm.

When you request an application from the board, a "Request for Live Scan Service" form is included as part of the application packet. You need to complete the form wherever a red "X" is indicated and take the completed form with you (in triplicate) to a Live Scan site. Without this form, your fingerprint clearance information will not be submitted to the board. You may also download this form from the board's web site at www.psychboard.ca.gov. Once the scanning process is complete, the Live Scan operator will give you parts 2 and 3 of the form. It is your responsibility to send the board part 2 of the form along with your application so that we know your fingerprints have been scanned.

The board strongly encourages applicants to utilize the technology available through Live Scan. However, if for some reason you have difficulty getting an appointment for fingerprint scanning at a Live Scan site or there is no location reasonably close to you, contact the board's Licensing Desk at (916) 574-7720 and make arrangements to have hard copy fingerprint cards sent to you. It is also important to note that Live Scan is not available for applicants located outside of California. You may also contact the board at bopmail@dca.ca.gov for fingerprint cards.