Apostille in United States of America

Apostille in the United States of America

Getting a criminal record check in the United States of America

Apply for what’s called a FBI Background Clearance. You can phone your local FBI office and ask for set of cards to have your fingerprints taken on. Usually your local police /sheriff office will do the fingerprints for a fee.To obtain an FBI background clearance you must submit:

  • Your complete name (including maiden names, former married names)
  • Date of birth and place of birth
  • Your gender
  • Your race / nationality
  • Address and dates of every place you have lived since age 18
  • A set of fingerprints
  • A certified check or money order payable to “US Treasury” for $18.00 in US dollars

Mail your request to: The Federal Bureau of Investigation - C.J.I.S. Division, Attention: S.C.U. 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA 26306. Telephone - (304) 625-3878 (to check on status) / (304) 625-2000 (Main switchboard).

Once you have the FBI background clearance, it needs to be apostilled.

Getting an apostille in the United States of America

Authentications Office, Department of State, 518 23rd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20520. Walk-in service is available from the authentications office from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Monday to Friday, except holidays.
Walk-in service is limited to 15 documents per person per day (documents can be multiple pages). Processing time for authentication requests sent by mail is 5 working days or less. See also, the State Department home page: http://www.state.gov.
Telephone (202) 647-5225 (Main switchboard)