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How To Get Your California Rap Sheet

The California Department of Justice maintains a list of all criminal convictions on your record. This list is known as your Rap sheet. These convictions remain on this list for your lifetime. If you are having difficulty finding employment or obtaining professional licenses because of your criminal history, get a copy of your Rap sheet.

The process involves:

  • Completing a form
  • Presenting a valid CA driver license, ID, or passport
  • Getting fingerprinted
  • Paying fees totaling about $50. (The rolling fee varies by location)

First, download the Request for Live Scan Service. Fill in all Applicant Information.

Print three copies of the form. One will be for the Department of Justice, one for the Live Scan agency, and one for your records.

Find a local Live Scan location near you.  Call them to verify their hours of operation, fees, and acceptable forms of payment.

Visit the Live Scan location. Present the copies of the form and valid identification. They will then collect the fee(s) and scan your fingerprints.

You should receive a copy of your Rap sheet in 8 to 10 weeks.

Once you receive the Rap sheet, check it for accuracy. Errors can be corrected and convictions can be expunged through the services of a criminal defense attorney to improve your ability to find employment. Contact Orange County criminal lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a free consultation.

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