California law allows you to request a record clearance from the DOJ for Visa/Immigration purposes. The following are the basic steps to complete your request for a background check. Failure to follow these procedures may result in a delay or the rejection of your application for a DOJ response under Penal Code Section 11105(c)(9). If you currently reside in California, with limited exceptions, you must submit your fingerprints electronically from a Live Scan site. If you reside outside of California, you will need to submit a manual fingerprint card or “hard card.”
An "Apostille" or a "Certification" is frequently required by foreign governments before the background check will be accepted. The document you will receive from the California DOJ is NOT the actual Apostille. As such, if you need this additional service, you will need to contact the DOJ at firstname.lastname@example.org after you receive the DOJ response in the mail.
ELECTRONIC (Live Scan) SUBMISSIONS:
Step One (1):
Print out a copy of the Request Form:
Request Visa/Immigration - Form BCIA 8016 VISA (Live Scan), pdf
Step Two (2):
Follow the instructions for completing your Request Form:
Instructions for Visa/Immigration Request Form, pdf
Instrucciones en Español, pdf
Step Three (3):
Get fingerprinted. Fingerprint services are usually available from your local police or sheriff’s department, or from private vendors engaged in the fingerprinting business. Your total costs will be $32 plus the fingerprint rolling fee charged by the Live-Scan agency. Since the fingerprint-rolling fee varies widely among locations, you will want to review the cost along with the accepted methods of payment before going to the fingerprinting site.
Step Four (4):
Once the submission is received and processed, the DOJ will mail the response via U.S, mail to the applicant only. It is the applicant’s responsibility to forward the information to their legal counsel or assistance agency.