Background Check Apostille

Do you need a Background Check Apostille?

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

Some countries will require a background check from the FBI.  For more information on obtaining an Apostille for an FBI background check, visit this link:

In this article, we’re going to focus more on obtaining a background check from the local Police / Sheriff’s station located in California and from the California Department of Justice (DOJ).

We’ve written an extensive step by step articles in order to make the process easy.  Click the following link for the type of Background Check you need:

Background Check from Police or Sheriff’s Station

Background Check from the California Department of Justice (DOJ)

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 in.  The local US Embassy can help you with your fingerprints and filling out any forms required to obtain your background check.  Please call us or Contact Us with any questions you may have.

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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:

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