LIVESCAN FINGERPRINTING

LiveScan Fingerprinting

People who are seeking work in certain industries may be required to undergo LiveScan Fingerprinting for a Level 2 Background Check. This type of background check is specialized for professionals considered by the state to be in “positions of trust” and is therefore potentially more thorough than most other history searches, as it collects biometric information on an individual and then compares it against state and federal databases.

What does it include?

A LiveScan Fingerprinting for a Level 2 Background Check includes information about a person’s criminal history and other records pertinent to the position of the applicant.  In checking one’s criminal history, state and federal databases will be searched, in addition to sex and violent offender databases. This background check also requires individuals to have their fingerprints and sometimes even a specialized photo for facial recognition taken and submitted along with the original request for the report. This biometric data is utilized in the request to search for profession-specific offenses outlined by local, state, and federal authorities which might forbid an applicant from performing his or her duties in that position.

When is it necessary?

A Level 2 background check is necessary for anyone considered in a “position of trust” and can be mandatory, for example, for those persons who regularly interact with minors. Some examples include teachers, scouting volunteers and day care workers. It can also be required for those who wish to work in any area of law enforcement and for those who are applying for certain professional licenses. Many organizations will require that their workers undergo this background check if they handle large sums of money or have access to Social Security Numbers. The exact requirements vary for each position and also vary from one state to the next.

Benefits

Perhaps the biggest benefit to having a Level 2 background check is the fact that it provides much greater detail about a person’s criminal history. This is important whenever an individual has had multiple addresses, as a normal background check might miss some very pertinent information. It gives employers peace of mind in knowing their workers are trustworthy and reliable. It can also bring comfort to others when they know that individuals in a certain organization have been thoroughly screened, especially when they trust these people with their children. This background check can be performed within a fairly short time frame, and is relatively inexpensive as well.

Consideration

Companies that frequently require workers to undergo a Level 2 background check can be faced with some unusual challenges. If they reside in a state that still allows them to submit biometric data and the request by mail, there is the chance that paperwork could be lost, misplaced, or not get submitted in a timely manner. Workers who process these background checks will need to be well-trained in order to ensure they follow all of the procedures appropriately. In most cases, hiring a private company such as Binary Biometrics to handle the entire process relieves compliance issues and saves the company time, hassle, and money in the long run.

For applicants in states like Florida which require electronic fingerprinting, completing the process is made simple by the use of electronic data transmission through the LiveScan intranet system. To become a part of this system, service providers must invest significant capital in specialized, FBI-approved software and hardware. Technicians at Binary Biometrics also undergo specialized biometrics training and receive the Certified LiveScan® designation before conducting any LiveScan procedures. Proper training reduces the instances of FBI “bad quality” rejections and greatly diminishes the overall average wait-time for our applicants during fingerprinting and the wait time to have their report transmitted.

It is important to note that the price of the service includes fees charged by the state and federal government for the running of the check.

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