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As part of the Adult Screening Process, volunteers may complete either fingerprinting or an electronic background check.  This page describes how to complete this second step in the Volunteer Screening Process. 
If you have not already done so, you must complete the online volunteer application:

Step 1: Please click here to start the Volunteer Screening Process with the volunteer application.

Step 2: Electronic Background Check (lasts for 3 years) OR Fingerprinting (lasts forever)

Step 3: Wait for approval e-mail before volunteering.  (If you have not received notification within 10 business days, please contact our Screening Administrator at adultscreening@girlscoutsnorcal.org.)

Electronic Background Check

  1. Log on to the self pay portal https://gsnorcalbc.volunteerportal.net or the financial aid portal https://gsnorcalfinaid.volunteerportal.net
  2. Enter the password on the Welcome Page: screenme (for both portals)
  3. Enter Personal Information.
    • All fields marked with a "*" (asterisk) are required.
  4. Click Next and review all information to ensure its accuracy before proceeding.

     • If you Quit without clicking Save, the system will not save your information. Your background check will not be run. You will need to start over from the beginning when you return.

    • If you click Save before you Quit, you will be provided with a reference code to enter when you return to the site to pick up where you left off.

    When returning to the site, click on this link on the Welcome Page: "If you are returning to finish a previous search, then click here."

    Enter your last name and reference number to resume your previous search.

    5.    Click Complete

Fingerprinting

Please be aware that we cannot accept previous fingerprint clearances from other agencies (in accordance with California law).  You must be fingerprinted specifically for Girl Scouts.  Click here to see other Frequently Asked Questions.

Fingerprinting at Outside Agencies

You may schedule an appointment with any local Live Scan Agency for fingerprinting (see list of suggested agencies in the area below).  Note that Live Scan is a specific type of fingerprinting and is different than obtaining a "fingerprint card".

To use any Live Scan Agency:

  1. Download and fill-out a copy of our Live Scan Application
  2. Choose any Live Scan Agency and make an appointment
  3. Bring your Live Scan Application to your fingerprinting appointment
  4. Get fingerprinted and pay the fingerprinting fee ranging from $0 to $60 depending on the agency.
    (GSNorCal does not provide reimbursement for these charges.)

List of Live Scan Agencies

Note that these lists of Live Scan locations are partial lists.  Any Live Scan agency may be used.

LiveScan fingerprinting agencies in South Bay/Peninsula area 
LiveScan fingerprinting agencies in the North Coast area  
LiveScan fingerprinting agencies in the North Central area 
LiveScan fingerprinting agencies in East Bay/Solano area
LiveScan fingerprinting agencies in Redwood Area

Note that the prices listed may not be up to date.  When arranging your fingerprinting appointment, please verify costs and all fees.  (We'd appreciate if you let us know if you find agencies where the prices differ from what we have listed.)

Click here for a comprehensive listing of LiveScan agencies in the State of California (DOJ website)

Click here to make an appointment online through the Sheriff’s Office  (Santa Clara County)

Alameda Office Fingerprinting Hours

Fingerprinting at the Alameda office is free of charge.
1650 Harbor Bay Parkway Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94502

Tuesdays: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Wednesdays: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Thursday: 1:00PM - 3:30PM

 

Fingerprinting will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Be sure to bring a valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, military ID or California ID card).

  • Bring your completed LiveScan application.

  • While the average processing time per person is about 10 minutes, times may vary based on the quality of the fingerprinting images.
  • Please note that while we will do our best to capture your fingerprints, we are not always able to submit your fingerprints if we cannot get the quality required by the Department of Justice. If this is the case, we will let you know and you may then instead either complete the online background check or try fingerprinting elsewhere.

Free Fingerprinting at the San Jose Office

Fingerprinting at the San Jose office is free of charge.  We are currently working to establish relationships with vendors to provide free or low-cost fingerprinting by appointment in our other offices. 

Drop-in Fingerprinting Hours at the San Jose Office

1310 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128-4502

 Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Thursday: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 

  •  Fingerprinting will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Be sure to bring a valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, military ID or California ID card).

  • Bring your completed LiveScan application.

  • While the average processing time per person is about 10 minutes, times may vary based on the quality of the fingerprinting images.
  • Please note that while we will do our best to capture your fingerprints, we are not always able to submit your fingerprints if we cannot get the quality required by the Department of Justice. If this is the case, we will let you know and you may then instead either complete the online background check or try fingerprinting elsewhere.

Fingerprinting can be scheduled at the San Jose office by appointment for the 3rd Saturday during the fall only (September, October, and November). 
To schedule a Saturday fingerprinting appointment during the times listed above, please contact our screening department at adultscreening@girlscoutsnorcal.org or at 408-287-4170 x 8091.