Property & Evidence Unit / LiveScan

The Sheriff's Office Investigations Division provides thorough and effective investigative and specialized services for the public and to San Mateo County criminal justice agencies to ensure safer communities and provide the foundation for investigation and successful prosecution of criminals while promoting countywide and area-wide collaborative partnerships.

Contacting Us:

San Mateo Co. Sheriff's Office
Property & Evidence Unit / LiveScan
400 County Center, 3rd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Main: (650) 599-1570.

LiveScan Fingerprint Processing

What is LiveScan?

LiveScan is inkless electronic fingerprinting. The fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for completion of a criminal record check.

Is an appointment required for LiveScan service?

YES. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Appointments resume in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with the last at 3:45 p.m.To schedule an appointment, please call: (650) 599-1570.The Sheriff's Office Moss Beach Substation also provides LiveScan fingerprint service. For more information, call (650) 573-2801.

What is the cost for LiveScan?

The base fee is $39, plus State (DOJ) and, if required, Federal (FBI) fees. Additional fees may apply if mandated by the Applicant's requesting agency.

Ink (hardcard / not LiveScan) fingerprinting fee is $34.

When making an appointment, Applicants are encouraged to verify costs and fees applicable for the particular LiveScan needed.

Payment methods: Cash or company checks only.
Debit (ATM),credit cards, and personal checks are not accepted.

* Fees are subject to change without notice.

What do I need to bring to my LiveScan appointment?

  • The "REQUEST FOR LIVE SCAN SERVICE" (form BCII8016), which should be already completed by the agency or person who is requesting you to be fingerprinted. The form must be legible (typed or printed clearly).
  • Valid photo ID required. Examples:
    • California Driver's License.
    • California ID card.
    • US Military ID.
    • Passport.

* Minors not possessing a driver's license can use a student body card as a form of ID.