Background Check Police or Sheriff Apostille

This article is written for individuals in California who need to Apostille their local Police or Sheriff Departments background check.  Obtaining a background check from the local station is fast and less time consuming then obtaining a background check from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) or a background check from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) .

The country you will eventually be sending your documents to will direct you to what agency is sufficient for their requirements. Remember, the local Police Station or Sheriff Department will only do a ‘Name Search’ background check and your fingerprints will not be taken.  This information will be stated on the document (see example below).

Here are the steps you will need to take:

Step 1: Contact the local Police Station or Sheriff’s Department. Explain to the operator that you’ll need a background check performed and to schedule a time to meet with the Records Technician or Records Administrator.  It’s possible you maybe able to order the background check over the phone.

Step 2: Once you’ve been alerted that your document is complete and ready for pick-up, you’ll need to schedule a traveling notary to the location to notarize the Records Technician or the Records Administrator’s signature on the document.  In certain situations, it could be the police offer who hands you the document will have their signature notarized.  The notary will attach a California Acknowledgment to the signed page.  Most notaries have the Acknowledgment on-hand but we can also e-mail you a copy.

Step 3: Once the document has been notarized, you’ll need to send us the document including the California Apostille Order Form to our location for same-day processing.

That’s it!  You’re job is done.  Once we receive your document, we’ll hand deliver your document to the Secretary of State for same day processing.  Then we’ll overnight the document back to your location for next business morning delivery (USA).  Additional fees apply for international shipping.

Here is an example from a local Police Department:

Click to download our California Apostille order form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

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