How to get an FBI apostille?



AUGUST 13, 2016

fbi background check apostilleDo you need a Hague apostille for your FBI background check (also called "Identity History Summary") for use outside the United States? If you plan to live, work, get married, or conduct business in another country, you might be asked for an apostilled criminal background check. 

First and foremost, you should know that FBI background check is a federal document, this is why it needs to be apostilled in the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC. 

Secondly, you should know that this document can be apostilled as an original or as a PDF file. 

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FBI background checks and FBI apostilles:


 How to apostilleWho may request an FBI criminal background check?

Only you can request a copy of your own Criminal Background Check. However, if you are overseas, you can request that the Criminal Background Check is sent straight to us for a U.S. State Department apostille.


How to apostilleHow to get your criminal background check from the FBI?

The FBI offers two methods for requesting your Criminal Background Check.

Option 1: Submit your request directly to the FBI (external link).

Option 2: Submit to an FBI-approved Channeler (external link) which is a private business that has contracted with the FBI to receive the fingerprint submission and relevant data, collect the associated fee(s), electronically forward the fingerprint submission with the necessary information to the FBI CJIS Division for a national Identity History Summary check, and receive the electronic summary check result for dissemination to the individual.  If an authentication (apostille) is needed, please contact the Channeler to determine if this service is provided.

An FBI-approved Channeler may only process requests for a U.S. person (an individual who is a citizen of the U.S. or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.). A lawful permanent resident is any person not a citizen of the U.S. who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant (also known “Permanent Resident Alien,” “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” and “Green Card Holder”).


How to apostilleFBI apostille guidelines

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original FBI background checks are acceptable for FBI apostilles

apostille acceptable

PDF files (sent by email) of FBI background checks are acceptable for FBI apostilles

You can call us at (646) 267-1140 with any questions about FBI apostille process and federal apostille requirements. We are available Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer your questions.


How to apostilleHow long will it take get an FBI apostille?

As all federal apostilles issued by the U.S. Department of State, this apostille will take 4-5 business days.

FBI apostille: price, processing time, order form


FBI apostille: $175 (Fedex within the U.S. is included).
Processing time: 4-5 bus. days 
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America is $90
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your document(s). Our mailing address is
Foreign Documents Express
123 Seventh Avenue, Suite 175
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Not many companies provide this guarantee but we do: if, for some reason, your documents are rejected by the state after we assured you that they are acceptable, we will issue a 100% refund, no questions asked. We do not keep any service fees.

Apostilles procedures are not complicated if you entrust your documents to legalization experts who know the requirements of U.S. apostille agencies, foreign consulates and embassies and the requirements of the receiving organizations in foreign countries.

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Due to the public health concern regarding COVID-19, many New York State and New York City agencies and consulates have suspended all walk-in service.  Therefore, all apostille/ authentication requests are being processed via mail with delayed processing time. The processing time for New York apostilles is currently around three and a half weeks. 

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