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Non-Resident Applicants to File Fingerprint Impressions

What is Required?

CDI does not require fingerprints from applicants who were previously fingerprinted as a condition of obtaining an insurance producer license in their resident state. This exemption applies to individuals who currently hold a resident license in the following states:

States Not Requiring Fingerprints
Alabama (effective January 1, 2015)
District of Columbia (effective August 9, 2010)
Hawaii (effective November 1, 2010)
Kansas (effective February 1, 2018)
Minnesota (effective July 1, 2010)
New Jersey
New Mexico (effective January 1, 2014)
North Carolina (effective October 1, 2010)
North Dakota (effective September 1, 2013)
South Carolina (effective January 1, 2017)
Wisconsin (effective July 6, 2010)
  • All applicants who do not meet the fingerprint exemption noted above and who submit a nonresident individual application for an insurance license will be required to file fingerprint impressions prior to submitting their application to the California Department of Insurance (CDI).
  • The fingerprints will be submitted to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ascertain whether or not the non-resident applicant has a criminal record that could prevent the applicant from holding a non-resident insurance producer's license in California.
  • Criminal background checks are an important safeguard to protect the insurance consumers from unscrupulous insurance producers. Fingerprinting is the most effective means to conduct an effective criminal background check.


What Steps Do I Need to Take to Secure a Producer License in the State of California?

Fingerprint Requirements

Please complete the following steps to submit fingerprint impressions*:

Step 1

Fingerprint impressions must be taken by a law enforcement agency (police department, sheriff's office, etc.) on a standard FBI fingerprint card. The fingerprint card is usually available from the law enforcement agency that you contact to do the printing. If fingerprint cards are not available, you may obtain a fingerprint card(s) form by mail by sending an e-mail request to:

Producer Licensing Bureau.

Step 2

Ensure your fingerprint impressions are properly recorded. Complete part 1 on the Live Scan Service Request, form 442-39A. On the fingerprint card enter the number "A0042" in the space designated for the "ORI" number and in the space designated for the "OCA" you must enter the number "1000."

Step 3

Include the total processing fee for the fingerprint impressions in the amount of $59. Either include a check made payable to Accurate Biometrics, which is CDI's contracted vendor or complete the credit card form that is attached to theLive Scan Service Request, form 442-39A.

This fee consists of the revised FBI processing fee of $17, DOJ processing fee of $32, and the contracted vendor's rolling fee of $10.

Step 4

Mail the fingerprint card, completed Live Scan Service Request, form 442-39A and check or completed credit card form to:

Accurate Biometrics
12777 W Jefferson Blvd., Building D Suite 3111
Los Angeles, CA 90066

*Note: Your application will not be processed until your fingerprint impressions have been received by Accurate Biometrics.

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What to Do if Your Fingerprint Results Are Delayed?

Checking on Status of Fingerprint Submission. Please allow a minimum of seven days from the date fingerprint impressions were taken before making a status inquiry. If you need to check the status of your fingerprints, below are the steps to follow:

Step 1

Applicants should check first with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) at (800) 967-9331 since the Department of Justice sends results directly to the CDI.

The DOJ or FBI may need to manually process the fingerprint impressions. This process may delay the reporting of results.

Step 2

If CDI does not have your fingerprint results, you must use the California Department of Justice's (DOJ) online Applicant Background Check Status to check the status of your fingerprint results.

When accessing DOJ’s online Applicant Background Check Status service have your date of birth (i.e., 01/01/1975) and the10-digit Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number from the bottom of the DOJ form available. The ATI number always appears in the following sequence: 1 letter; 3 numbers; 3 letters and 3 numbers. Your birth date and your ATI number will allow the DOJ's online Applicant Background Check Status to provide you with your fingerprint status.

Step 3

When your fingerprint impressions, are processed the DOJ's online Applicant Background Check Status  service will show the following, "Completed” and provide the date California level of services and/or FBI level of services were complete. However, if the DOJ’s online service shows that the fingerprint results are "still in process," please continue to check the DOJ's online Applicant Background Check Status service for the status of your fingerprint

Application Requirements

Non-Resident Application: Apply for an insurance license online - Go to the Fast Licensing Application Service is Here (FLASH) for non-resident applicants to apply for an insurance license online. This link takes the applicant to the procedures of how to file an application online. If you already know how to use the online application service, you may select the following link to go directly to theFLASH online application.

Applicant Fees: The License Fee link provides the list of license types. Select the license type you are applying for and the link will take you to the appropriate filing fee.

Renewal Fee: The Renewal Fees may vary according to the license type. Please review the Renewal Fees link for each license type.

Where to File

California Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 1437
Sacramento, CA 95812-1437


The CDI initiated a fingerprinting requirement for all producer applicants in 1980. However, the fingerprint check rarely revealed conviction information on non-resident applicants because the CDI was only able to check the fingerprints against the California Department of Justice database which consists of California reported convictions only. As a result, in 1988, the CDI discontinued the fingerprint requirement for non-residents.

In October 2000, the CDI expanded its resident fingerprint process to include a check with the FBI database. The FBI database is a nationwide database that captures criminal convictions emanating from all 50 states. This expanded access to criminal record information allows the CDI to conduct an effective criminal background check of nonresident applicants by reinstituting the fingerprint requirement.

A change Notice was distributed to update current fingerprint requirements: Changes to California's Non-Resident Fingerprint Requirement.

If you have any questions about this form or the license information you retrieved, please see the most commonly asked questions in our License Questions and Answers section. You may also send an e-mail to Producer Licensing Bureau. Please be sure to include your name, telephone number, license number and e-mail address in all correspondence with the CDI. If you need further assistance, please call CDI's Licensing Hotline at (800) 967-9331. The Licensing Hotline is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding State Holidays.

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