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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the New Fingerprint Requirement for License and Registration Renewals

Effective March 4, 2011, as a condition of license or registration renewal, Board licensees and registrants who have not previously submitted fingerprints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) or for whom an electronic fingerprint record does not exist must submit a set of fingerprints to the DOJ, as directed by the board, for the purpose of conducting a criminal history record check.

The most commonly asked questions are as follows:

1.  Do I need to be fingerprinted again?

If you were issued a license or registration prior to 2000 you will be required to submit an electronic record of your fingerprints. In addition, the Board of Psychology has identified other licensees and psychological assistants who may have been issued a license or registration after 2000 that require electronic record of their fingerprints. Notices and the proper forms and instructions were sent to those licensees and registrants in January 2012.

2.  My license is currently on inactive status. Do I still need to comply?

No. However, if you decide to reactivate or renew your license on active status you will need to comply with this new requirement.

3  How can I request an exemption from the requirement to submit my fingerprints electronically ?

If you have no access to a regional fingerprinting service, or some other reason why you must request an exemption, you can request an exemption from mandatory electronic fingerprint directly to Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice will evaluate your request and determine whether adequate justification exists to accept your hard fingerprint card(s) in order to process a request for criminal offender record information for license renewal. For a copy of the DOJ's exemption form please visit: http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/pdfs/fingerprints/bcii9004.pdf

4.  I have previously been electronically fingerprinted (e.g., for a new job or for another licensing Board or agency). Do I need to be fingerprinted again?

Yes. Third parties are not allowed to share confidential fingerprint information (even with other Department of Consumer Affairs agencies), so you will need to submit fingerprints through the DOJ for the Board of Psychology even if you have recently been fingerprinted – electronically or otherwise -- for another reason.

5.  Where do I go to get fingerprinted?

The Department of Justice's website has a list of authorized Livescan locations. Please reference the attached link for the nearest Livescan location: http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php

6.  What is the cost?

The cost varies from each Livescan location. For more specific information regarding the cost, please contact the Livescan operator directly.

7.  What form do I use?

For license renewal please visit: http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/licensee/livescan_psy_renewal.pdf
For registered psychological assistant renewal please visit: http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/licensee/livescan_psb_renewal.pdf

8.  My fingerprints were rejected. What should I do?

If you received a rejection notice form the Board of Psychology you will need to return to the Livescan operator for reprocessing. If you received a second rejection notice for the same reason you will need to request an Applicant Name Check by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Following is a link to the form to complete: http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/licensee/fbi_namecheck.pdf
Fax the form and the two rejection notices to 916-227-3820.

Rejections of prints will not delay the renewal process of your license.

If you have additional questions or require more information, you can contact the Board of Psychology or email as at bopmail@dca.ca.gov