Live Scan is an electronic fingerprint capture device which uses a glass plate to electronically scan the fingerprints in a digitized format that can be transmitted to the state central repository for processing.
Live Scan technology has proven itself superior to the traditional ink-and-roll fingerprinting in many ways, including being:
● Much Less Messy - With Live Scan, you don’t have to deal with any more ink, gel or solution on your hands. It’s as simple as placing your finger down on the sanitized glass plate.
● Quicker Than Ever Before - Because Live Scan gives you digitized prints, the data can be immediately forwarded (via a highly-secure VPN) to the Illinois State Police (ISP) and to the FBI. The necessary authorities will have your prints and get to work in minutes, rather than days.
● Much More Safe And Secure - Under the traditional method, fingerprints would have to be mailed off to the requesting agencies, opening up the possibility for the prints to get lost or stolen along the way. Now, not only do Live Scan fingerprints go directly to the right hands through a secure connection, but the record of your prints stay locked in a highly-secure software system.
● The Most Accurate - Ink splatters and dries, leaving you with prints that may get rejected by the ISP or FBI. That means extra trips for re-prints. But with Live Scan, the prints get saved in case of a rejection. Fortunately with Live Scan though, the chances are much smaller that a re-print will even be necessary.
Live Scan is only becoming a more necessary part of society, as 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. he Illinois General Assembly has passed a number of laws that require fingerprint-based criminal history record inquiries to be conducted by both the private and public sector.
Worried About Protecting Your Identity With Live Scan?
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.