California State Police Clearance PCC – Visa, Immigration

California State Police Clearance fees $25 including fingerprinting. Processing time is 7-10 days. CA DOJ sends PCC by USPS mail. Non residents use FD 258 Card.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20


How to get California State Police Clearance

California state police clearance checks are issued by California Department of Justice (DOJ). One of our guest Raghunath has graciously shared the process for California.

FBI clearance is different than US state police clearance. You need state police clearance in addition to FBI police report for Canada and Australia permanent residency.

Documents Required for California State PCC

  1. Photo ID: Passport or driver license or state ID.

Cost of California State PCC

The cost of California state police clearance is $25 per person.

How to Apply for California State Police Check

California Residents

#1 Download and fill CA Police clearance form. (Espanol: BCIA 8016RR Spanish, pdf).

#2 Check “Record Review” as the “Type of Application”.

#3 Enter “Record Review” on the “Reason for Application” line.

#4 Schedule an appointment with nearest police station for Live Scan or walk-in to any UPS store or choose a fingerprint location in your county.

#5 Visit the police station or UPS store to give your fingerprints with Live scanner.

#6 Pay fees and the Police clearance request is sent directly to California DOJ after fingerprints within 4 hours.

Out of State Residents (Currently residing outside US or outside California)

#1 You must submit manual fingerprint cards (Download Form FD258). Sample FD-258 form. You cannot use live fingerprint scanning service as available for California residents.

You can also buy FD 258 card from Amazon prime (pack of 3) or pack of 25 FD 258 cards. The fingerprint card needs to be printed on a hard white paper. I recommend buying it from Amazon than printing it at home.

#2 Fill CA State Summary Criminal History Record Form BCIA 8705, pdf (espanol: Form BCIA 8705S, pdf).

#3 Get a personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, money order or certified check for $25 payable to the “California Department of Justice”.

#4 Mail your application form, fingerprint FD 258 card and processing fee to:

California Department of Justice

Record Review Unit
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203-4170
California Police Clearance Processing Time

California PCC is mailed by USPS within 7-10 working days to the address provided by you.

Check Status of CA Police Clearance Check

Send an email to or check status online.

Validity of California State PCC

California state Police Clearance Certificate is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

Reference: California DOJ

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  1 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. neeraj
    neeraj 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

    I am currently in India and need PCC from California.
    Since I am not in US anymore, which address should I give as home address in the BCIA 8705 form?
    Can I use my friends address residing in USA in the designee address section in BCIA 8705 form to receive the PCC.

    Pls advice.


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