Live scan is an inkless electronic system designed to capture an individual’s fingerprint images and demographic data (name, sex, race, date of birth, etc.) in a digitized format that can be transmitted to the state central repository (Illinois State Police) for processing. The data is forwarded to the Illinois State Police (ISP), Bureau of Identification (BOI) over a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and then processed by the ISP’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Once received at the BOI for processing, the inquiry can then be forwarded to the FBI electronically for processing. All of this occurs within minutes and results in a biometric identification of an individual with little or no human intervention. Live scan can be used for criminal justice as well as non-criminal justice use. Anyone can become a commercial Live scan vendor if they follow the required guidelines.
What is Live scan? How do you get started? What is a User’s Agreement? How do you get certified? Answers to these questions can be found in the Livescan Technology for Non-Criminal Justice Use brochure at the link below.
Over the past several years, there has been a widespread interest in obtaining access to criminal history record information for the purpose of determining an individual’s suitability for employment, licensing or placement in positions of trust. There have been a number of laws enacted by the Illinois General Assembly that require fingerprint based criminal history record inquiries to be conducted by both the private and public sector. To protect and maintain the confidentiality of information provided during the fingerprinting process, Public Act 95-613 amended the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Act of 2004 to provide for the licensure of commercial live scan fingerprint vendors in Illinois. One of the qualifications for licensure requires live scan fingerprint vendors to successfully undergo training conducted or authorized by the Illinois State Police. In addition, this training course is being made available to the law enforcement community as part of their registration process.