DOJ/FBI Background & Criminal History

California Department of Justice & FBI Live Scan Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Report and Subsequent Action Notification (SAN) Subscription

State regulations and Orange County Emergency Medical Services (OCEMS) policy require that all Emergency Medical Technician candidates perform a California and Federal background check prior to becoming certified in California. State law also requires that all EMTs currently certified in California must also have a background check as of July 1, 2010.

The process for applicants to perform a background check is known as a Live Scan fingerprinting service. The Live Scan service operator electronically captures the candidate’s fingerprint images and electronically sends the images to the state Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal databases. The DOJ disseminates the resulting information of the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) to the agency which the EMT applicant is applying for certification and to the State Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). When submitting a Live Scan for OCEMS, candidates should be aware that the applicant is submitting to a subscription for OCEMS to receive an initial CORI and Subsequent Action Notifications (SANs) for any future arrests or convictions.
Live Scan fingerprinting is required for:
  • Initial EMT applicants applying to OCEMS for state EMT certification. 
  • EMT Certificates which have Expired/Lapsed greater than one year.
  • Renewal EMT applicants who are changing their certifying entity to OCEMS (e.g. EMT was previously State Certified through San Diego EMS and is now completing a State Certification Renewal through Orange County EMS).
  • If your Live Scan was completed greater than one year ago and you are applying for your Initial EMT Certification, you will be required to perform a new Live Scan for OCEMS.

EMT candidates should review OCEMS Policy #420.00 for more information.

OCEMS Policy #420.00: Central Registry and Background Check Requirements
State of California, Department of Justice Live Scan fingerprinting services and locations
LiveScan Form Download the Live Scan form
Expired/Lapsed EMT Certification Requirements   

What if I have been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past?

If you have an arrest and/or conviction history, this may affect your ability to obtain an EMT Initial Certification or Renewal Certification. The references below may assist you in understanding how an arrest and/or conviction history may affect your ability to obtain EMT Certification. Due to the fact that every situation is unique, before you enroll in an EMT Course, you should review these authorities to better understand how your arrest and/or conviction may affect your ability to be certified as an EMT. Orange County EMS is unable to evaluate any arrest and/or conviction until you complete the EMT application process which includes the completion of the LiveScan process.

Health and Safety Code section 1798.200 
Cal. Code Regs. tit. 22, section 100214.3