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Live Scan Services

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Cannabis-Related Live Scans
Must Be Processed Through the Ukiah Police Department


All individuals seeking a Live Scan for Cannabis-Related activities
must contact the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) to make a Live Scan appointment.


All cannabis-related projects require a Use Permit. Prior to directing prospective employees to submit a Live Scan request to the UPD you will need to contact the City’s Planning Division to ensure a Use Permit has been issued for your project.

Planning Division Contact: 707-463-6231 or development@cityofukiah.com

You will need to make an appointment with the UPD to schedule a Live Scan either by phone at 707-463-6241 or in person at the Ukiah Police Department, 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah. Live Scan applicants have to appear in person to fill out the “Request for Live Scan service” at the time of their appointment and pay a fee of $79.00, cash only. Applicant must also show a valid ID.

Out of State Residents: Any applicant living outside of California should contact the Ukiah Police Department at 707-463-6241 for instructions on how to complete a Live Scan while out of state.

Summary of Steps for Cannabis-Related Live Scan

  1. Obtain a “Request for Live Scan” form from your employer. You will fill this out at your appointment with the Ukiah Police Department.
  2. Contact the Ukiah Police Department to make a Live Scan appointment and let them know if you live in California:
    Phone: 707-463-6241
    In-Person: 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah, CA
  3. Bring your blank “Request for Live Scan” form, a valid ID, and $79.00 cash to your Live Scan appointment at 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah, CA

All Other

All Non-Cannabis-Related Live Scans
Are Processed Through the Ukiah Recreation Department

The City of Ukiah Recreation Department has a Live Scan fingerprint station available to assist the public for the purpose of pre-employment with non-cannabis-related employment. Live Scan has the ability to digitally transmit your fingerprints to the Department of Justice.

Live Scan Services available during Covid-19:

  • Monday-Thursday walk-ins 9 am-11:30 am and again at 1:30 pm-4 pm
  • Not available weekends and holidays

To schedule an appointment, please call 707-463-6231

When an applicant wishes to be fingerprinted, he or she will need to provide one of the following forms of identification:

  • A current and valid California Driver’s License or California Identification Card
  • A current and valid Out of State Driver’s License
  • A Passport (with acceptable secondary forms of identification)
  • Military ID Card (with acceptable secondary forms of identification)
  • A “Request for Live Scan” form must be completed prior to fingerprinting. These forms are obtained from the employing agency. We DO NOT provide Live Scan Service Forms.


The City of Ukiah Recreation Department charges a rolling fee of $30.00 for Live Scan Services. This fee is in addition to any DOJ or FBI fees that may apply. The current fees assessed are:

    • PAYMENT:


  • DOJ: $32.00
  • FBI: $17.00
  • Child Abuse Index: $15.00
  • City of Ukiah Rolling Fee: $30.00

Ukiah On Ice

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Greater Business And Tourism Alliance

The City of Ukiah and the Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliance are partnering up to bring back the opportunity to ice-skate in historic downtown Ukiah (next to Alex R. Thomas Plaza on School Street). Ukiah on Ice will be open every day starting Saturday, December 4 until its final day on Sunday, January 9, 2022.  Please review the information below for additional information. If you have further questions or for party reservations, please contact the Ukiah Community Services Department at 707-463-6231.

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Observatory Park

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City of Ukiah Observatory Park, International Latitude Observatories, Northern Hemisphere

Mendocino County’s Legacy in the World of Science

Landmarks are not frozen in time. They are not like prehistoric insects preserved in fossilized amber. They are living and their heritage is nurtured by community commitment and individual involvement.

In 2014 Observatory Park was dedicated to the people of Ukiah. From that day forward a commitment was made to preserve the Ukiah Latitude Observatory and for the park to become part of Ukiah’s living heritage.

Be a part of the heritage and come enjoy this unique park located at the 400 block of Observatory and Luce Avenues.

Observatory Park Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Project History

International Latitude Observatories, Ukiah Observatory Park, Northern Hemisphere

The International Latitude Observatories were a system of (originally) six observatories located near the parallel of 39° 08′ north latitude. They were used to measure the variation in latitude that occurs as a result of the “wobble” of the Earth on its polar axis.

United States Coast and Geodetic Survey joined the International Polar Motion Service program in 1897 to study the precession, or “wobble” of the Earth’s axis, and its effect on measures of latitude. Six separate observatories were created along the parallel 39° 08′ north latitude. The alignment of all six stations along the parallel helped the observatories to perform uniform data analysis.

Economic difficulties and war caused the closings of some of the original stations, though a newer station was created in Uzbekistan after World War I. The various stations continued to function until advances in computer technology and satellite observations rendered them obsolete in 1982. The data collected by the observatories over the years still has use to scientists, and has been applied to studies of polar motion, the physical properties of the Earth, climatology and satellite tracking and navigation.

Ukiah Observatory

Ukiah Latitude Observatory, City of Ukiah Park, Northern Hemishpere, Historic

Ukiah Latitude Observatory Was Built in 1899

The small size of the building (12 feet square) and the esoteric character of the work that took place within speak modestly of the international importance of the landmark. The research provided all data used in polar motion studies for decades, and fostered international cooperation which transcended the differences between man during times of war and international strain.

The city acquired the property in 1991 but the observatory and adjoining land was closed to the public until March 2014. A $54,000 grant from the California Land and Water Conservation Fund, along with matching funds from the City of Ukiah, made the improvements necessary to reopen the park.

Observatory Park Oak Tree, Ukiah, CAA large heritage Valley Oak anchors the north end of the park. Spreading before it is a large grassy field providing an unobstructed view of the iconic tree.

Ukiah’s first Pétanque court was completed in 2010 for the game of boules, or balls, closely related to bocce by the Redwood Empire Boules Club.

A peace pole, dedicated to Erica Enzer, an international peace activist and former member of the Ukiah War Resistor’s League is located adjacent to the Grove of Nations (trees representing each of the regions where the latitude observatories were located).

Labyrinth in Observatory Park, Ukiah, CAThe park has had improvements made before its public opening, including the restoration of the historic observatory and a labyrinth (pictured at left) installed in 2005.

The former observer’s residence has been used by Ukiah Unified School District since 2011 for the Community Transition Program which assists special needs students aged 18 to 22.

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Get Involved

For more information about how you can become involved in preserving the Ukiah Latitude Observatory and our community’s cultural heritage, contact :

City of Ukiah

411 W. Clay St

Ukiah, CA 95482

(707) 463-6231


Observatory Park News & Events

Observatory Park: Tours of Earth & Sky

Observatory Park is the home of the Ukiah Latitude Observatory, one of five international latitude observatories around the world operated from 1899 to 1982. The City of Ukiah offers several events associated with this unique park:

  • Tours of Earth and Sky: Lecture series are held at the Ukiah Civic Center’s Council Chambers with guest speakers offering talks on astronomy and the natural sciences.
  • Docent Tours of the Observatory and park are scheduled by appointment for small groups and individuals.
  • Open Skies are scheduled periodically where amateur astronomers bring their telescopes, experience, and knowledge to explore the moon, planets, and deep sky wonders.

There is no charge for these events. Reservations are required and young children are welcome with a supervising adult. If you have questions, are interested in upcoming lectures, would like to schedule a tour, or are interested in finding out about the public viewing nights, call (707) 463-6231

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