Sheriff Marin County In Partnership With Our Communities

Fingerprint/Live Scan Services

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The Marin County Sheriff's Office offers both Live Scan and ink fingerprints. Live Scan is the process used to digitally obtain and transmit fingerprints. Given the quality and efficiency of the Live Scan process, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) stopped accepting ink cards as of June 2005.

Once fingerprints are digitally obtained, they are transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as needed. The DOJ and FBI will evaluate the prints and transmit the results to the requesting agency within 3 to 14 days. If after 14 days the requesting agency has not received results, please contact the Department of Justice at (916) 227-3835.

The requesting agency should provide either the ink card(s) or the triplicate Live Scan Request form (or three copies) to each applicant. The requesting agency is responsible for completing the section relating to agency information. The applicant should bring the completed Live Scan Request forms, a valid United States issued photo Identification card, and payment (cash, check, or agency billing number) to their scheduled appointment.

To ensure the safety of everyone and the efficiency of the Fingerprint/Live Scan services we ask for compliance on the following:

  • Be on time. Late appointments will be asked to reschedule.
  • We can not print individuals with open wounds on their fingers, reschedule when healed.
  • Perfume, lotion, or oil based products should not be worn the day of the appointment.
  • All cell phones and non-medical related electronic devices should be turned off prior to entering our facilities.
  • Pets and nonessential individuals should not attend an applicant’s appointment.

For additional information regarding the process, including alternative Live Scan locations, please refer to the Department of Justice web site.

Locations & Appointments

We offer Fingerprint/Live Scan services at two locations in Marin County.

Main Office
1600 Los Gamos Dr. #200
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7286
Driving Directions

Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

By appointment only!

Marin City Substation
850 Drake Ave
Marin City, CA 94965
(415) 473-5394
Driving Directions
Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday, and every other Monday
8 AM - 3 PM

Same day appointment only - call after 7:40am!

Fees & Payment

The fees are comprised of our $20 rolling fee and various levels of service fees. The level of service fees are determined by the DOJ and FBI. In most situations, we will collect and distribute the DOJ and FBI payments at the time the service is performed. 

For information on reviewing State and Federal Criminal History records, please refer to our Record Review process.