FBI Background Check – Hard-Copy Paper Fingerprints

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Many times our customers need to order their “rap sheet” or lack of one from the FBI. In many cases, they are working with an international agency (for missions trips, visa, or entry into another country). The FBI provides this services for a fee. You need only complete the application, get  your fingerprints done (you can do this at any one of our locations) and then send the application, FBI fee and the fingerprint card to the address below.

How to Submit a Request

Follow this process if:

  • You are not physically able to visit either one of our two corporate offices, or
  • You are not a US Citizen

Note: If you are able to visit us at at one of our regional offices (Mesa, Phoenix or Tucson) and you are a US Citizens or Permanent Resident, you may also follow Follow this Process.

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form

Step 2: Obtain a Set of Your Fingerprints

  • Your fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes. The FBI will accept FD-258 fingerprint cards on standard white paper stock.
  • Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card.
  • You must include rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken at the same time (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions).
  • The name on your response letter will match the name indicated on the fingerprint card.
  • If the last four digits of your social security number are needed on your response letter, then please ensure your full nine-digit Social Security number is on the fingerprint card when submitting your request.

Step 3: Submit Payment

Option 1: Pay by credit card using the Credit Card Payment Form. Don’t forget to include the expiration date of the credit card that you are using.
Option 2: Obtain a money order or certified check for $18 U.S. dollars made payable to the Treasury of the United States. Please be sure you sign where required.

  • Important note: Cash, personal checks, or business checks WILL NOT be accepted and sending any of these will delay processing of your request.
  • Payment must be for the exact amount.
  • If the request is for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person.
  • The FBI will provide one sealed response for each request received. You may make as many copies as needed upon receipt of your response. Note: If you need additional sealed responses mailed to the same address or separate address, you must submit an additional request with another payment of $18 for each sealed response requested.
  • Also, if you need additional copies of your response that do not need to be in a sealed envelope, you may make as many copies as needed upon receipt of your response.
  • The FBI will not accept additional payment to expedite your request.

Step 4: Review

Review the Identity History Summary Request Checklist to ensure that you have included everything needed to process your request.

Step 5: Mail the Required Items Listed Above

Mail the required items listed above—signed applicant information form, fingerprint card, and payment of $18 U.S. dollars per person—to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division – Summary Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

What Happens Next

If we find no Identity History Summary on file, you will receive a response indicating that you have no prior arrest data on file at the FBI. If you do have an Identity History Summary on file, you will receive your Identity History Summary or “rap sheet.”

[posted from https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks]