Background Check Apostille – Police, Sheriff, FBI

Do you need an apostille on your Background Check?

Background checks can be issued by the local Police Department, Sheriff’s Station, State (Example: California Department of Justice), and FBI.  If you choose to obtain your background check from the Police or Sheriff’s Station, you will need to have the document signed and notarized.  A traveling notary will need to travel to the Station and have the officer’s signature signed and notarized.  If you obtain your background check from the State, this document does not require notarization and must be signed by Anthony Molina.  FBI background checks are not notarized as they are considered US Federal documents. FBI background check are processed through our Washington DC apostille office.

In addition to an FBI background check apostille, some countries may ask for you to produce a background check from the last State you lived in.  For example, if your last place of residence was California,  you may be asked to provide a background check from the State of California in addition to an FBI background check.  We recommend that you double check with the person requesting your documents in order to avoid delays or additional costs.

Note: Most countries will only require a background check from the FBI issued within the past three months.

It’s important to note that we cannot recommend what type of background check you will need.  We can only assist you in processing the background checks that you mail in.

If you are unsure of who should issue your background check, 95% of background checks we apostille are issued from the FBI. We recommend that you ask the people requesting your document who should issue the background check.

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!

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

How to Get an FBI Background Check Apostille

FBI Apostille Criminal Background CheckIf you’re planning to live, work, get married-in, adopt, or travel to a country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you maybe asked to have an FBI Background Check Apostille.  Below, we’ll outline the steps you should take to help expedite the process.  Keep in mind if you deviate from the steps outlined below, the process can take 3-4 months to complete.  Please follow these steps as we’ve authenticated hundreds of FBI Background checks.

Step 1: You will need to contact an FBI Approved Channeler to help expedite the process of obtaining a background check.  You’ll also need to request the authentication letter signed by the FBI Section Chief.

The authentication letter will be mailed to your address.  A company we recommend that you call is National Background Check. Many of our clients have requested their background checks through this company.

Step 2: Once you receive the authentication letter (Image sample in this article), you’ll need to mail this letter to our office for fast 1-3 business days processing through the US Department of State in Washington, DC.  Please not that we do require additional time for shipping.  Once we receive your documents, you’ll generally have it back in 5-8 business days (Excluding: Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, & International Shipping).

That’s it!  If you obtain your documents through the FBI Channeler and process your document with the US Department of State through us, the entire process should take no more than three weeks to complete.

FBI Background Check Apostille Korea

The first step in obtaining an FBI Background check for Korea is to contact an FBI Approved Channeler.  An FBI Approved Channeler helps expedite the FBI Background Check process by directly sending your fingerprints to the FBI so you’ll get your results back sooner and within a few days.  In order for the background check to qualify for an Apostille, you need to request a document signed by the FBI Section Chief (Kimberly J. Del Greco).  This document will be printed on a special blue-tinted paper and will be mailed to your home or office.  You will need to send us this signed document by mail so we can obtain the Apostille from the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

Here is an example of this letter:

Apostille FBI Background Check

The processing time with the US Department of State in Washington, DC is 3-4 business days.  Please include additional time for shipping to and from Washington, DC.  Our main office is in Los Angeles and we request that you mail to us the FBI authentication letter for an Apostille.  You can also mail your document to our Washington, DC office if it’s more convenient for you.

The processing time is the same regardless to which location you mail your document too.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can also drop off your documents anytime Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.  Our phone support hours are from 8am to 7pm Monday – Saturday.  Click here to download our FBI Apostille order form.

If you plan to also drive in Korea, you’ll need an Apostille on your California Driver License.  If you are already in South Korea, go ahead and mail-in your original California Driver License so we can copy certify it.  We have a full-time notary on staff who will make a color copy of your driver license and attach the “California Copy Certification by Document Custodian”.  This ensures that the California Secretary of State will attach the Apostille to the document and prevent any delays.

Our fee includes UPS Air next business morning delivery to most locations in the United States.  If you live in a rural area, there could be an additional one day delay.  We do provide international shipping to Korea.  Additional shipping rates apply so please Contact Us for the total cost.

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

FBI Apostille

Do you need an FBI Apostille for your criminal background check?

If you plan to live, work, or travel to another country, you maybe asked to provide an FBI background check authenticated by the US Department of State in Washington DC (Apostille).

In order to help you obtain an FBI Apostille, you’ll need to send us a letter signed by an official at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS).  You can request this letter at the time you submit your fingerprints.  If you didn’t request this letter, please visit the FBI website or call 304-625-2000 for information.  It’s important to state that you’ll be obtaining an Apostille and the letter is necessary in order for the United States Department of State to authenticate the letter for use in a country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

The process of obtaining the results of your FBI criminal background check can take a few days if you use an FBI Approved Channeler.  Once the letter has been received by our office, it will take an additional 5-7 business days for the document to be authenticated and returned back to you by next business morning.  We do provide international shipping for an additional fee.

It’s important that you mail us the letter after you’ve received it from the FBI.  If you’re not in the country, you can obtain assistants form the local US Embassy office.  You’ll need to include our order form in order to avoid any delays.  Thank you.

Visit our FBI Apostille website for more information.

Please call us for questions you may have.  We can be reached at 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-876-8489.

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