Fingerprinting Requirements for Licensees

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) requires Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and Psychiatric Technicians (PTs), that were licensed prior to January 1, 1998 or for whom a record of the submission of fingerprint no longer exists, to submit a complete set of fingerprints to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a condition of license renewal. Specifically, Title 16, California Code of Regulations, at sections 2517.5 and 2575.5, requires that:

  1. A licensee who was initially licensed prior to January 1, 1998, or for whom an electronic record of the submission of fingerprints no longer exists, shall furnish to the Department of Justice a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of conducting a criminal history record check and to undergo a state and federal level criminal offender record information search conducted through the Department of Justice.
    • This requirement is waived if the licensee is renewed in an inactive status, or is actively serving in the military outside the country.
  2. As a condition of renewal, a licensee shall disclose on the renewal form whether, in the prior renewal cycle, he or she has been convicted of any violation of the law in this or any other state, the United States, or other country, omitting traffic infractions under $1000 not involving alcohol, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances. In addition, a licensee must disclose any disciplinary actions against his or her license.

Failure to comply with these requirements renders any application for renewal incomplete and the license will not be renewed until the licensee demonstrates compliance with all requirements. Failure to furnish a full set of fingerprints to the Department of Justice as required by the regulations is grounds for discipline by the Board.

  • If you are a resident of the State of California, review the License Renewal Live Scan Instructions & Forms:
  • Make sure that the BVNPT Mail Code on the Live Scan Form indicates 13425.
  • Licensees will have to complete the Request for Live Scan Service Form (BCII 8016) and go to a Live Scan site. You will have to pay the Live Scan operators a fingerprint processing fee of $49 and a separate live scan rolling fee. Once your fingerprints have been scanned, the Live Scan operator will complete the bottom section of the form and return the 2nd and 3rd copies to you.
  • A list of "California" Live Scan Sites are posted on the DOJ website at:
  • Live Scan fingerprinting is only available within the State of California. If you reside outside of California, please contact the BVNPT at (916) 263-7800 to request the "hard card" fingerprint forms and procedures.