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California Department of Insurance: Ink Fingerprinting by Mail Instructions

This article provides an easy-to-follow guide on Non-Resident Applications for obtaining a fingerprint-based background check to satisfy the requirements of the California Department of Insurance for insurance brokers. The information in this article has been compiled and elaborated on from:



What is The California Department of Insurance?


The CDI serves as the consumer protection agency for the largest insurance marketplace in the United States. Its primary role is to ensure fair regulation of the insurance industry and safeguard the interests of California consumers. amoung their many duties the California Department of Insurance establishes licensing standards for agents and brokers and actively investigates and prosecutes cases of insurance fraud.


Overseeing more than 1,400 insurance companies and licensing more than 485,000 insurance agents, insurance brokers, adjusters, and insurance business entities, the CDI issues approximately 280,000 licenses (new and renewals) each year. Hence, why they require fingerprint-based background checks for individuals conducting insurance business in California.


Why do I need to Mail In Ink Fingerprinting cards to the California Department of Insurance?


Anyone looking to obtain a license, renew a license, or apply for reciprocity of an insurance license will be REQUIRED to submit fingerprints to the California Department of Justice, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation will also examine.


With that in mind, as an application being subjected to a national fingerprint check for noncriminal purposes, you have certain rights that will protect your information, including the guarantee that the results of the criminal record check will ONLY be used for authorized purposes.


If you are unable to submit your fingerprints within California, an applicant may mail a fingerprint card to meet the California Department of Justice and California Department of Insurance requirements.


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Reciprocity of Fingerprint Based Background Checks from other States


If you have an active resident insurance license issued by one of the following states, you may not be required to submit fingerprints when applying for a non-resident license in California:

Alaska Idaho Ohio Texas

Arizona Louisiana Oregon Utah

Delaware Montana Pennsylvania Washington

Florida New Jersey South Carolina

Georgia Nevada Tennessee


Sorry Folks... But Colorado does not have Insurance Producer fingerprint-based criminal history reporting reciprocity with the California Department of Insurance.


But that's where Colorado Springs Fingerprinting comes in.


Filling out the FD-258 Fingerprinting Card


FD-258 cards often get rejected because the quality of the card is low or the inking of your fingerprint onto the paper has been done incorrectly. We advise you to sure to have your fingerprints taken from a reliable source of experts, such as Colorado Spring Fingerprinting.


Colorado Spring Fingerprinting is always in stock with high-quality fingerprinting cards, which can be used to satisfy the California Department of Insurance fingerprint requirements for those looking to be licensed.


Here is the mandatory information that MUST be included on your fingerprint card:


· Full legal name (including aliases)

· Mailing address

· Citizenship

· Date of Birth

· Personal Demographic (sex, race, height, weight, eye color, hair color, place of birth)

· Signature in the designated section


NOTE** DO NOT fold the completed fingerprint card when sending it in.


Where to send your fingerprints and application


Mail the fingerprint card, completed Live Scan Service Request, BCIA 8016 and check or completed credit card form to:

Accurate Biometrics 6080 Center Drive, Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90045

*Note: Your application will not be processed until your fingerprint impressions are sent to Accurate Biometrics and results from DOJ and FBI are received at CDI.


The easiest method to obtain an excellent fingerprint impression on an FD258 Card is booking an appointment at Colorado Springs Fingerprinting to help complete your FD-258 card. Keep reading to see the document you will receive from Colorado Springs Fingerprinting to assist with filling out your FD-258.





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