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California Real Estate Agents Ink Fingerprinting by Mail Instructions



Out of State instructions for Colorado Springs residents to obtain a fingerprint-based background check to satisfy the requirements of the California Department of Real Estate. The information in this article has been compiled and elaborated on from:


· California Department of Real Estate | Fingerprinting Requirements

· California Department of Real Estate | Out-of-state fingerprinting instructions

· California Department of Real Estate | Fingerprinting Educational Video


Why are you required to submit fingerprints for a background check to become a real estate agent in California?


In order to get a real estate license in California an applicant must pass a fingerprint-based background check. A real estate license is needed by anyone that wishes to act on behalf of a real estate firm and perform real estate services for clients.


Sending fingerprints into California State is a required part of the background check for ANYONE looking to get licensed, renew their license, reinstate their license, or seek reciprocity of their license from another state.


Steps for submitting a fingerprint card (FD258) from out-of-state.


All fingerprints MUST be submitted to the State Department of Justice. If you are out-of-state fingerprints should be submitted to the Department of Real Estate. If you cant physically go to one of the following locations and you in fact reside out of State- then you need to get ink fingerprinting completed and mail in your FD258 along with your application and other online insutructions.


In-State California Livescan fingerprinting locations:


IdentoGo | 3960 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, California, 90712 | Visit Site

IdentoGo | 2436 West Victory Blvd, Burbank, California 91506 | Visit Site

IdentoGo | 2450 N First Street Suit #106, San Jose, California, 95131 | Visit Site

IdentoGo | 12900B Suite 227, Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, California 92843| Visit Site

IdentoGo | 17 West Fyffe Street, Stockton, California 95203 | Visit Site

IdentoGo | 935 South Mt Vernon Avenue #101, Colton, California 92324 | Visit Site

IdentoGo |851 Sterling Pkwy, Lincoln, California 95648 | Visit Site


At a California State IdentoGo location the applicant’s fingerprint will be scanned and then electronically forwarded (aka “channeled”) to the California Department of Justice for verification. If a national background check is required, it will also be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


But for out-of-state Real Estate Applicants, physical ink fingerprints, captured on a properly filled out FD-258 fingerprinting card an applicant must mail their fingerprints to the appropriate State “channeling agency” to get a real estate license in California.


Filling out the FD-258 Fingerprinting Card


Colorado Spring Fingerprinting is a reliable source for ordering fingerprinting cards and getting fingerprinted to satisfy the California Department of Real Estate fingerprint requirements for real estate brokers.


Furthermore, it’s sister business, The Mail Center, next door can quickly send your fingerprint cards to the appropriate agency to convert your fingerprint card into a digital file that can be used to run the required State and FBI fingerprint-based background checks.


Mandatory Information to be included on your fingerprint card:


· Full legal name (including aliases).

· Complete mailing address

· Citizenship

· Date of Birth

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

· Signature in the designated section


All completed FD-258 cards should be submitted directly to the California Department of Real Estate.


Department of Justice

Bureau of Criminal Information & Analysis

Keeper of Records

P.O Box 903417

Sacramento, CA 94203-4170


Please consult the below document(s) to assist in filling out the boxes on your FD-258:






How do I sign up for Ink Fingerprinting services in Colorado Springs?


The easiest method to get your fingerprints taken on a California State fingerprinting card (FD258) is booking an appointment at Colorado Springs Fingerprinting to help complete your FD-258 card.


Additionally, booking service for two ink fingerprinting cards ensures the California Department of Real Estate and California Department of Justice has a second copy of fingerprints in case one of the cards is rejected.

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