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Federal Contractor Registration:
System for Award Management
You must complete your System for Award Management (SAM) Registration in order to work as a federal contractor. Once completed (and only if completed correctly and without errors), your SAM Registration will be valid for one year from the date the registration is complete.
You must renew your SAM Registration each year. It is recommended to renew early to prevent issues with contract awards, payments, and vendor consideration.
What is Live Scan?
Live Scan is the electronic fingerprinting process that replaces traditional ink fingerprinting. An individual’s fingerprints are scanned and securely transmitted to the government, which performs a criminal history background check using an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Live Scan is often required by statute for certain types of state-issued licenses, employment, and volunteer work.
How does Live Scan work?
Live Scan Service Form
The requesting agency provides the applicant with a Request For Live Scan Service Form.
The applicant then takes the form along with proper identification to the nearest live scan location to get fingerprinted via live scan.
This is then sent to the DOJ, FBI or both to be processed.
The DOJ then sends the results to the requesting agency only.
The agency that is requesting the Live Scan must provide you with the Request For Live Scan Service form. Your requesting agency should have their information entered for you on the “contributing agency information” section of the form. Live scan locations will not have the live scan request form for you on site.