The DRE uses your criminal background check to verify that you meet their qualifications for "honesty".
We recommend waiting until after you have passed the California state licensing exam to get fingerprinted.
You must first complete a Live Scan Service Request form and then schedule your fingerprints with a local Live Scan provider.
The DRE charges a $49 processing fee. However, you will be charged an additional fee by your local Live Scan office.
The DOJ and the FBI use your fingerprints to run a criminal background check and then report their findings to the DRE.
Click on the link below to learn more about getting fingerprinted for your license application.