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Non-Resident Applicants to File Fingerprint Impressions

What is Required?

If you have an active resident license issued by one of the following states, you are not required to submit fingerprints when applying for a non-resident license in California:

Alaska  Idaho Ohio Texas
Arizona Louisiana Oregon Utah
Delaware Montana Pennsylvania Washington
Florida New Jersey South Carolina   
Georgia Nevada Tennessee  

If you have an active resident license issued on or after the date your resident state began their fingerprint requirement, you are not required to submit fingerprints when applying for a non-resident license in California. Please review the effective date of the fingerprint requirement for the following states.

Alabama (January1, 2015)  New Mexico (January 1, 2014) Wisconsin (July 6, 2010)
District of Columbia (August 9, 2010) North Carolina (October 1, 2010) Wyoming (July 1,  2011)
Hawaii (November 1, 2010)  North Dakota (September 1, 2013)  
Kansas (February 1, 2018)  Virginia (January 1, 2021)  
Minnesota (July 1, 2010)  West Virginia (June 1, 2015)  
  • 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.) or an authorized vendor who can complete paper fingerprinting 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 the Applicant Information section on the Live Scan Service Request, form BCIA 8016. 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 $75. 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 the Licensing Applicant Instructions, LIC 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 $26.

Step 4

Mail the fingerprint card, completed Live Scan Service Request, BCIA 8016 and check or completed credit card form to:

Accurate Biometrics
6080 Center Drive, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90045

*Note: Your application will not be processed until your fingerprint impressions are sent to Accurate Biometrics and results from DOJ and FBI are received at CDI.

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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 CDI at (800) 967-9331 since DOJ 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 DOJ online Applicant Background Check Status to check the status of your fingerprint results.

When accessing the DOJ number from the bottom of the ATI form available. The DOJ 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 ATI online Applicant Background Check Status to provide you with your fingerprint status.

Step 3

When your fingerprint impressions are processed the DOJ 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 online Applicant Background Check Status service for the status of your fingerprint results is not complete 45 days after submission please contact CDI for further information.

Application Requirements

Non-Resident Application: Apply for an insurance license online - Go to the Sircon’s Apply for a License for non-resident applicants to apply for an insurance license online.

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 1139
Sacramento, CA 95812-1139


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 CDI was only able to check the fingerprints against the DOJ 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, 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 CDI to conduct an effective criminal background check of non-resident applicants.

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 review CDI's 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 CDI. If you need further assistance, please call CDI's Licensing Hotline at (800) 967-9331. The Licensing Hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., excluding State Holidays.

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