Apostille a Background Check

We provide fast California Apostille Services for a Background Check.

You have four available options when choosing which Government agency (City, County, State or Federal-FBI) to use in order to obtain a background check.  In most cases, the country requesting the Apostille for the Background Check will mention the government agency you should obtain it from.

Some countries will require an FBI Apostille Background Check only while others will only ask for a State background check.  We’ve noticed more and more countries requesting a Background Check Apostille from the FBI.  The first step in obtaining an FBI Background Check is to contact an FBI Channeler.

In this article, we are going to focus more on obtaining a background check from the local Police Department, Local Sheriff’s Station, and the California State’s Department of Justice (DOJ) – Office of the Attorney General.

Local Police Department Background Check – If the requesting country is content with a local Police Department background check, then all you need to do is have a letter drafted and notarized.  It’s important that the local notary notarizes the Officer’s signature on the document and uses the correct notarial wording for the State of California.  Once complete, mail the notarized document to our office for fast same-day processing with the California Secretary of State.

Local Sheriffs Station Background Check –  If the requesting country is content with a local Sheriff’s Station background check, then all you need to do is have a letter drafted and notarized.  It’s important that the local notary notarizes the Deputy’s signature on the document and uses the correct notarial wording for that State of California.  Once complete, mail the notarized document to our office for processing.

California Department of Justice (DOJ) – Office of the Attorney General – Obtaining a background check from the State’s DOJ can be a little more complicated.  For example, once you obtain your fingerprint results form the LiveScan service, you will then need to contact the California Department of Justice and request a signed letter from the Criminal Identification Specialist.

If you have already left the country, you can still obtain your background check.  You may need to seek the help of the local US Embassy in the country you are currently in.  The local US Embassy can help you with rolling your fingerprints or you can visit any police station for help.

If the country requesting your Background Check is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, then the documents may require further authentication through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and legalization through the Embassy / Consulate office. Our Staff in D.C. can handle your Department of State and legalization requests quickly. US Department of State Apostille.

Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

In California, we have two offices to serve you:

Our Los Angeles Mailing Address:
International Apostille Services, Inc.
Attn: Richard M. Johnston
2600 W. Olive Ave. Suite 500
Burbank, CA 91505
1-310-876-8489 or 1-888-810-4054

Processing time: Same-day and returned the next business morning by FedEx.

International Apostille Services, Inc. San FranciscoOur San Francisco Mailing Address:
International Apostille Services, Inc.
Attn: Richard M. Johnston
1 Sansome Street #3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
1-415-871-0759 or 1-888-810-4054


Processing time: 2-3 business days and returned the next business morning by FedEx. For faster service (same-day), please mail-in your documents to our Los Angeles office.

We have additional Offices in: Texas, New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

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