FBI apostille

Original or PDF file?

question answerBoth hard copies and printouts from PDF files (received from the FBI) are eligible for apostilles or embassy legalization. If you have a hard copy, please send it to us by mail along with the order form.  

How to get a background check from FBI? 

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 There are two options: 

Submit request to FBI directly (external link)

Submit request to an FBI-approved Channeler (external link)

 What agency issues FBI apostilles?

question answerFBI Criminal History Summary is a federal document, therefore it requires a federal apostille. Federal apostilles are issued by the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC.  

Is this document eligible for 24-hour apostille service? 

question answerNo, U.S. Department of state does not provide 24-hour apostille service. The processing time is 3-5 business days. 

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covid 19 4960657 640Due to the public health concern regarding COVID-19, many state and federal agencies and consulates have suspended their walk-in service. Therefore, many apostille/ authentication requests are being processed via mail with delayed processing time. Please email us for the processing time. 
U.S. Department of State: the processing time for federal apostilles and authentication certificates (including FBI, 6166 U.S. Residency certifications, etc.) is currently 8-12 weeks. There is no expedited or walk-in service.  

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FBI apostille: order online       

verifiedIf you received your FBI background check (also called "Identity history summary") by email as a PDF file, you can submit it for a federal apostille or embassy legalization online.

apostille acceptable We will email a scanned copy before the original is shipped. 
apostille acceptable We ship internationally.
apostille acceptable We always provide the shipment information so that you know when to expect your document.

Prices and processing time:

price 4Apostille (federal): $175 Processing time: As of today, the U.S. Department of State works by mail only. The processing time for FBI documents is officially 8-12 weeks, there is no expedited or walk-in service. Unless the U.S. Department of State reopens soon, there is no way to expedite. We will submit the document(s) by mail, and if the U.S. Department of State reopens before we get the document(s) back by mail, we will resubmit over the counter (no extra charge)

Embassy legalization: $375 Processing time: depends on the embassy.
FedEx (within the U.S.): free
FedEx International is $60 ($90 to Eastern Europe and South America)

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