To Check the Status of your fingerprint request please email the Illinois State Police Bureau of Identification Customer Service at or via phone at (815) 740-5160 Option 2.


Livescan 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.

There have been a number of advancements in livescan technology over the last ten years. Livescan fingerprint technology provides a fast, easy way of capturing fingerprint images and transmitting them to get a quick criminal history record response. Livescan operators do not require in-depth training in order to roll a good set of fingerprints and do not have to be versed in the science of fingerprinting to successfully utilize live scan equipment. Today’s live scan devices are equipped with error checking software that reduces potential fingerprint quality errors. Livescan technology is widely used among criminal justice as well as many non-criminal justice agencies that submit fingerprints to the state and/ or FBI for processing. The overwhelming majority of fingerprint submissions received by the ISP and FBI are submitted electronically utilizing live scan technology.

The major advantages of utilizing a live scan system include the ease of use and the speed in which fingerprint images and demographic data can be captured and transmitted and positive identifications made. Fingerprint impressions are taken by placing an individual’s fingers against a glass platen and scanning them. The scanned images are digitized and packaged with the demographic information that must be keyed into the system. Both sets of data are then electronically forwarded to the ISP’s AFIS system for processing. Most live scan submissions are processed and results returned within 48 hours. The criminal history response is returned to the requesting agency based on their Originating Identification Number (ORI), not the live scan vendor capturing and transmitting the fingerprint submission. Another benefit of live scan technology is its built-in quality assurance component. As fingerprints are scanned, the device determines if the fingerprint images are rolled completely and in the proper sequence to meet minimum quality control processing standards. When using the old ink and roll method, poor quality prints could not be determined until they had been sent through the mail to the BOI and processed by a fingerprint technician. The manual submission and processing of fingerprint cards always increase the potential of errors and result in increased response times.

FBI Record Requests

  1. Complete cover letter.
    • If for a couple, family, etc., all persons must sign cover letter
    • Include your complete mailing address
    • If you have a deadline (e.g., an immigration deadline), please include the deadline in your cover letter and on the outside of the envelope.
  2. Obtain proof of identity, which consists of a set of your fingerprints (original card, no copies), with your name, date of birth and place of birth. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD 258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes.
    • Include rolled impressions of all ten fingerprints and impressions of all ten fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions.)
    • If possible have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician (this service may be available at a Law Enforcement Agency.) Previously processed fingerprint cards will not be accepted.
  3. Include $ 18 – U.S. dollars in the form of a money order, certified check made payable to the Treasury of the United States, or you may pay by credit card.
    • Be sure to sign where required
    • No personal checks or cash
    • Must be exact amount
    • If for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person
    • If paying by credit card you must include the completed credit card payment form
    • Credit cards will not be used for expedited mail services
  4. Mail the items #1, #2, #3 (listed above) to the following address:
    FBI CJIS Division B Record Request
    1000 Custer Hollow Road
    Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306

Please Note: If any of the above items are missing or incomplete, the request will be returned and allow approximately 8 – 10 weeks for processing, upon receipt to the FBI.

You will receive one of two things from the FBI. They are either:

  1. No Record Response. Consists of the original fingerprint card stamped No Record.
  2. FBI Identification Record


State Only $30
FBI Only $25
State & FBI $55
National Child Protection
Act/Volunteers for Children
Act and Adam Walsh Volunteers


Name-based Inquiry $35
Fingerprint Card $35


Petition to Expunge or Seal Criminal History $20
Court Order to Expunge or Seal Criminal History $80
Subpoena for Criminal History Information $30
Illinois Access and Review/Record Challenge $25

(fees effective July 1, 2022)


Viewing and Challenging Criminal History Records


Click here for the UCIA Conviction Forms


Click here for the LiveScan Waiver Form

Click here for the Legislation Matrix

Click here for the FOID AND CCL Processing Times


Reason for Inquiry Purpose Code Reporting NCIC Issued ORI FBI Access


Physician’s License PHY IL920704Z YES
Physician’s License by Endorsement PLE IL920704Z YES
Registered Professional Nurse RPN IL920630Z YES
Licensed Practical Nurse LPN IL920630Z YES


PERC – Security Guards SEC IL920020Z YES
Live Scan Fingerprint Vendor LFV IL920020Z YES
Locksmith LOC IL920020Z YES
Private Alarm Contractor PAC IL920020Z YES
Private Detective PSA IL920020Z YES
Private Security Contractor PSC IL920020Z YES


Bank Charter, Pawn Brokers BCA IL920550Z YES
Humane Euthanasia HEA IL920650Z YES
Massage Therapist MTH IL920680Z YES
Illinois Racing Licensing RCB IL920120Z YES
Carnival and Amusement Rides UCIA NFP/FP Check ILLUFP000 NO
Explosive Licenses DMM IL920500Z YES
Liquor License Applicant LIQ Multiple YES
Mental Health Applicant MHA Multiple YES
Military/Ntl Guard Background Check ASF Multiple NO
Public Adjuster Licensee PAL IL920702Z YES
Public Housing Applicant PHA Multiple YES
Pyrotechnic Distributor PDA IL920690Z YES


Medical Marijuana Caregiver or Patients are not required to be Livescan Fingerprinted anymore.
Click here for more info

Cannabis Cultivation Agent CCA IL920710Z YES
Cannabis Dispensing Agent CDA IL920711Z YES
Medical Marijuana Caregiver MMC IL920709Z YES
Medical Marijuana Patient MMP IL920709Z YES


Chiropractic License CHI IL920704Z YES
Chiropractic License by Endorsement CLE IL920704Z YES


Adam Walsh Act (Employee) AWA Multiple YES
Adam Walsh Act (Volunteer) AWV Multiple YES
Natl Child Protection Act NCP Multiple YES
Natl Child Protection Act Volunteer VCA Multiple YES


Early Intervention Services EIS ILL13612S NO


Firearm Concealed Carry Instructor CCI IL920707Z YES
Firearm Concealed Carry CCW IL920707Z YES


Health Care Nursing Home Resident Check Name Check Only Multiple NO
Health Care Worker Background Check HCW Multiple NO
Health Care Nursing Home Resident Check – Identified Offender RNP IL920701Z YES
Non-Emergency Transportation Vendor NET IL920600Z YES


Chicago Navy Pier/Expo Ctr LGE ILL13337S YES
City-Village Employees-Licensing LGE Multiple YES
Fire Fighter FMN Multiple YES
Employee of any State Agency STE Multiple YES


Public School Matriculants MSM Multiple YES
Private School Matriculants UCIA FP Only Multiple NO


Certified School Employee CSE Multiple YES
Chicago Board of Education CBE Multiple YES
General Education EDC Multiple YES
Non-Certified School Employee NSE Multiple YES
School Bus Driver SBD Multiple YES


Charter Bus Driver CBD Multiple YES
Commercial Transportation Vehicle Relocator CTV IL920510Z YES
Drivers Training Instructor DTI IL920620Z YES
Recovery Permit Licensee RPL IL920510Z YES
Sect. of State Employee CTV IL920060Z YES
Vehicle Dealer Licenses VDS IL920660Z YES
Wholesale Drug Distributor Act Purpose Code Requesting Agency Requesting ORI
Third-Party Logistics Provider TPL IL Dept. of Financial and Prof. Regulation IL920717Z


  • Bring a government-issued photo ID
  • Bring the fee of $55.00. We accept cash, check, and credit card. 
  • We will capture your fingerprints and supply you with a copy of your form with your Transaction Control Number (TCN) you will need for your particular application process
  • Your fingerprints are sent directly to the Illinois State Police where they are processed and sent to the appropriate agency.


1. What if my fingerprints were rejected at the Illinois State Police level?

  • You must come back and get re-fingerprinted and pay the fee of $55.00 cash again. If you were sent to be fingerprinted by a school district for a full-time position, they will typically cover this cost.

2. What if my fingerprints were accepted at the Illinois State Police level but rejected at the FBI Level?

  • You must come back and get re-fingerprinted as the FBI only which is a $15.00 cash fee. If you were sent to be fingerprinted by a school district for a full-time position, they will typically cover this cost.

3. What if my fingerprints were rejected a second time?

  • MOST of the time, we are able to do a name-based check with two rejected fingerprint results at the Illinois State Police and FBI level. However, some professional licenses require you to be re-fingerprinted until they decide to do a name-based check themselves! Feel free to contact us with more questions.

4. What if I lost my fingerprint receipt?

  • You may come back and get a copy of your fingerprint receipt or call and receive the TCN over the phone. Many Professional Licenses require a paper copy of the receipt to be mailed with all other required forms.

5. I was fingerprinted for one professional license, can’t you use the results for a different one?

  • No. Your fingerprints are captured and sent for one specific purpose, whether it be for substitute teaching, concealed carry, or an IDFPR license. You are issued a TCN which reflects that single purpose. You must be re-fingerprinted for any other profession.

6. I have been waiting on my fingerprint results for weeks, what is going on?

  • Fingerprint results can take up to 30 days to be processed. If you feel as if you have waited long enough, you may call the Illinois State Police customer service at 815-740-5160. Press 2 for customer service. Once you get a representative, you may present them with your TCN and ask about your results. You may also call us at the Regional Office of Education.

7. Will the photo you took during my fingerprint process be applied to my Concealed Carry application?

  • No. The photo was taken for your fingerprint file only

By appointment only. Please call 618.463.7059 to schedule a time. In some cases, fingerprints can be done the same day, between the hours of 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding 12:00 PM-1:00 PM for lunch.

The address is 101 E. Third St. Room 204 Alton, Illinois 62002

FOIDs and Fingerprints 

You’ve heard conflicting opinions about FOID applications and fingerprints. Some insist that FOID applications are going to require fingerprints. Others say it isn’t possible. All you know is, you can’t seem to get a straight answer. Well, here you go:

“430 ILCS 65/4”

(a-25) Beginning January 1, 2023 (emphasis added) each applicant for the issuance of a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card may include a full set of his or her fingerprints in electronic format to the Illinois State Police, unless the applicant has previously provided a full set of his or her fingerprints to the Illinois State Police under this Act other Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

The fingerprints must be transmitted through a live scan fingerprint vendor licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The fingerprints shall be checked against the fingerprint records now and here after filed in the Illinois State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records databases, including all available State and local criminal history record information files.

430 ILCS 65/4(a-25))

The operative word in this enacting statute is, “…may…” This is entirely voluntary. Why would somebody do this? Because of this additional new language below:

“430 ILCS 65/3.1”

“(b-5) By January 1, 2023, the Illinois State Police shall by rule provide a process for the automatic renewal of the Firearm Owner’s Identification Card of a person at the time of an inquiry in subsection (b). Persons eligible for this process must have a set of fingerprints on file with their application under either subsection (a-25) of Section 4 or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.” (430 ILCS 65/3.1(b-5)) (effective Jan. 1, 2023) 

The idea here is, if properly obtained and submitted fingerprints (meaning from a vendor authorized to provide prints specifically for FOID and CCL) are on file – including if previously-submitted for a concealed carry license – when a cardholder purchases a firearm from a federally-licensed firearms dealer (FFL), who conducts a background check through the Firearm Transfer Inquiry Program (FTIP), if the purchase is approved, the FOID will be automatically renewed for a period of 10 years from the date of the purchase approval.

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101 E. Third Street, Suite 204
Alton, IL  62002
P: 618.463.7059
FAX: 618.463.0972


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