FBI Apostille Process

We make it EASY getting an Apostille on your FBI Criminal Background Check.

When submitting your fingerprints to the FBI Approved Channeler, you’ll also need to request an authentication letter of your background check results.  This letter is generally signed by the Section Chief, Biometric Services Section of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS).  As of this post, you’ll see the name and signature of Kimberly J. Del Greco or William G. McKinsey.  This document will either be mailed or emailed to you.

If you have already submitted your fingerprints directly to the FBI and NOT an FBI Channeler, you will need to contact the FBI and mention the following…
“I need the FBI seal and signature of a division official on my background check so I can get it authenticated (apostilled).”

If you have forgotten to request this letter and have already submitted your fingerprints without going through an FBI Channeler, please contact the FBI at 1-202-324-3000 or visit the FBI website.  The hold time is generally 5 minutes.

If you have not submitted your fingerprints to the FBI directly, please contact an FBI Approved Channeler.  Working with an FBI channeler will help expedite the process which will save you several months of waiting.  You can visit any police station or law enforcement agency for help in rolling your fingerprints on the fingerprint card. Rolling your own fingerprints yourself is always an option but I suggest working with a specialist to avoid any delays.  We recommend contacting an FBI Approved Channeler today.

Here is an example of the authenticated letter you’ll eventually receive from the FBI or the FBI Channeler.  This document can also be emailed to you.

The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will authenticate U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 fingerprint search results for international requests by placing the FBI seal and the signature of a division official on the results if requested at the time of submission.

Documents prepared in this way may then be sent to our office so we can obtain the Apostille for the US Department of State in Washington, D.C.