Frequently Asked Questions

What is electronic fingerprinting?

LiveScan is inkless electronic fingerprinting. The fingerprints are electronically transmitted to Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS) for completion of a criminal record check.

The LiveScan technology replaces the process of recording an individual’s fingerprint patterns through a rolling process using ink. Digitizing the fingerprint minutiae (the characteristics that make fingerprints unique) enables the electronic transfer of the fingerprint image data in combination with personal descriptor information to central computers at the CCRTIS in a matter of seconds, instead of the days required to send hard-copy fingerprint cards through the mail.

Background of LiveScan fingerprinting

Under the National Police Services Real Time Identification Project (RTID), managed by the RCMP, the collection and processing of fingerprints was transformed in an efficient, electronic process. Managed by Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS), the process allows certified agencies to submit fingerprints electonically. Reliability Screening Solutions and its parent, CleaNeed Information Systems Inc., was one of the first civil agencies to receive CCRTIS certification.

How does the process work?

A trained technician will scan your fingerprints using a Guardian LScan. That’s all there is to it. The electronic fingerprinting takes five to ten minutes and your prints are immediately available for electronic transmission to the RCMP for background processing.

Who needs LiveScan?

Live Scan fingerprints are required to be submitted by federal government employees and contractors.

What are the benefits of Live Scan?

Live Scan will avoid many of the problems associated with ink prints, such as smudging, smearing, and over or under inking. A major benefit of Live Scan is in processing speed since nearly all of those without criminal records are done within 72 hours. Rolled ink prints (traditionally submitted on a fingerprint card) can take up to 120 days.