How to get FBI Clearance Certificate for Canada, Australia PR

FBI clearance certificate for Australia / Canada visa, immigration. Processing time 3-5 days. Fees $18. Fingerprint FD-258 form at home on A4 white paper.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20 #australia pr #canada pr


FBI clearance certificate can be applied using 3 different options. FBI Police clearance certificate is same as FBI clearance Certificate. We list them according to cost and time required.
FBI calls it Identity History Summary Checks.

All 10 fingerprints are required for running a background check and receiving FBI Clearance Certificate.

You can apply FBI clearance for Canada permanent residency, USA Green Card or Australia PR using 3 options:

  1. Apply online on FBI Website, pay fees online, mail fingerprints – Cheapest, very good options. Get Certificate in 3-5 days.
  2. Mail FBI application and fees by post – Slowest method takes up-to 14 to 16 weeks.
  3. FBI approved third party agent – 3-4 days Fast processing but most expensive.

#1 Apply Online on FBI Website

The FBI Police clearance certificate processing time with online application is 3 to 5 Days.

#A Create FBI Clearance request online FBI Police clearance certificate online request.
Open the link in Mozilla or Internet ExplorerChrome and Safari do not work.

I am not sure why but, the FBI website link throws invalid_request error in Chrome browser and website does NOT open.

#B Enter email to start application
Follow the steps under the section Obtaining Your Identity History Summary->How to submit a request. To start your application, enter your email and click submit button:

FBI clearance - Enter email to start online application
FBI clearance – Enter email to start online application

#C Email from FBI
Once you submit, you will receive an email from FBI with your log in password and unique FBI page link. Click this unique link and fill the FBI application form.

FBI clearance unique link
FBI clearance unique link

Enter your PIN (from email) and click Log in. ‘Accept’ the terms and conditions.

#D Fill Online Application

FBI clearance - Enter personal Information
FBI clearance – Enter personal Information

Preview(opens in a new tab)

FBI clearance - Enter mailing address
FBI clearance – Enter mailing address
FBI clearance - Enter preferences
FBI clearance – Enter preferences

You have option to receive a response by First-Class Mail via the USPS too.FBI Police clearance fees is $18.
Pay FBI fees online by credit card. No extra fees for postal mail response.

At this time, the STATUS on FBI website will show as ‘INSUFFICIENT’ for your case as FBI is waiting for your fingerprints.

Print FD-258 form on a plain A4 size white paper.

You can also buy FD 258 card from Amazon prime (pack of 3) or pack of 25 FD 258 cards. The fingerprint card needs to be printed on a hard white paper. I recommend buying it from Amazon than printing it at home.

This form needs to be filled with BLACK ink including fingerprints.You can pretty much take the fingerprints yourself if you are outside USA like in India or any other country.

I strongly recommend to get the fingerprints from your local Police station if you are currently in USA.

Fedex and other local postal mail vendors in USA also provide fingerprinting services for a price starting from $25+ per person. I tried for me and my wife as it seemed pretty easy using this official FBI fingerprint guide. But the ink was just messing up the fine finger lines and merging them. If the fingerprints are not good, FBI will simply reject your application.

Local police station in USA charges anywhere between $5 to $10 for each person’s fingerprints and they are EXPERTS. They provide the form FD-258 too. So, you do not need to print it yourself.
Most of them will do it for free again, if the first prints are rejected by FBI.

This is a sample FD-258 form that was fingerprinted using Plano, TX Police station’s fingerprinting service:

Sample FD-258 form for FBI fingerprints
Sample FD-258 form for FBI fingerprints

#F Print and Mail
Print the order confirmation email that you would have received from FBI.Send the email confirmation and form FD-258 (with your fingerprints) to FBI CJIS division by postal mail. You can mail them to FBI from outside USA too.

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

#G FBI clearance certificate Tracking
Once the mail is delivered to FBI, they usually take about 48 hours to update the tracking status on their website and inform you by email.

#H FBI clearance certificate Issue
FBI will then scan your fingerprints to complete your criminal record background check.

You can download the FBI clearance PDF file once available.
The whole process of FBI background check is automated and you can expect to receive the clearance certificate within minutes of their acknowledgment email (for your fingerprints).

If you opted for postal mail FBI clearance certificate too, then it will arrive by USPS mail between 6-7 days. The paper hard copy and one available for download are exactly same.

#2 FBI Clearance by Postal mail

FBI police clearance request by postal mail processing time is 14 to 16 weeks.

  1. Download the FBI police verification application form from here. Print and fill up the form.
  2. Get a Cashier’s check or Money Order for $18 per person as fees, payable to “Treasury of the United States”.
    You can pay by credit card too. Print this payment form and fill your credit card info to send with your application.
  3. Get your fingerprints. Follow the same process as listed above for FINGERPRINTS.
  4. Send application, payment and fingerprints to FBI office via traceable postal mail. Address is mentioned above.
  5. Note: This is the SLOWEST method of getting police verification from FBI.
  6. The ONLY difference between this method and the first option above is that you make the payment online in first method. The first one is lot faster than this one.

#3 FBI Approved Third Party Agents

FBI Police clearance processing time with third party provider is 3-4 days. This is the fastest and most expensive option.

  1. Choose one third party vendors from FBI approved list.
  2. They take your fingerprints electronically and transmit them to FBI electronically too. This makes the process the fastest among the 3 options. They are available outside USA too in a country like India.
    This is probably the fastest method to get FBI clearance certificate for Canada immigration or Australia PR if you are located outside USA.
  3. The fees varies with each vendor and normally starts from $200 per person. They collect the total fees from you, including the FBI’s $18 fees per person.
  4. FBI officially says that this third party service is ONLY available for USA citizens and Green card holders.
    But, I know from reliable sources who are neither US citizens nor green holder and have used it to get FBI clearance within 3-4 days.
What is validity of FBI Clearance Certificate?

There is no expiry date mentioned on FBI certificate. Check Validity of FBI certificate for different countries.

Is FBI Police Verification Done at Home Address?

There is no physical police verification done by FBI at your home address.

FBI uses your fingerprints to find your criminal records. If you have ever been arrested or fingerprinted by FBI, they will have your record.
You would have been ten printed (meaning 10 fingerprints given) while applying for USA visa in your own country, at US embassy’s OFC center.
I am not sure if FBI has access to the fingerprints that you gave at US embassy for Visa or if they verify that database. They have not disclosed it on their website.

Can we send Multiple FBI clearance requests in same mail package?

You can send multiple cashier check, multiple fingerprint cards and multiple confirmation email copies in single postal mail. This is useful if you are applying FBI certificates for family.

Can we Reuse FD 258 Fingerprint Card?

The FBI requires a current fingerprint card to process your Identity History Summary. You cannot use any old or already used FD-258 cards.
FBI does not return your fingerprint cards.

Can we get last 4 digits on FBI clearance Report?

You can choose to have your SSN last 4 digits printed on FBI clearance report.
You should write full nine-digits or last four digits of your Social Security number on the fingerprint card to have last 4 printed on FBI clearance.

Can we change Mailing address after submitting FBI clearance application?

You should sign the Address Change Request Form and fax it to (304) 625-9792, or scan the form and e-mail it to to change your address.
If you submitted your request electronically (Option 1 above), you may change your address either by using the secure link and personal identification number received during the request process or by e-mail.

Do we need to send a return post envelope?

You are not required to send any ‘return shipping’ envelope. FBI takes care of return shipping and mailing.

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  102 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. ixy88
    ixy88 25 Feb, 20 at 8:33 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am a Malaysian previously studied in the US on student visa (2007-2012). During 2012-2018, I was back in Malaysia. Then I moved to Aus in 2018 to study and I have just been invited to apply for PR a few days ago. I am wondering if you can advise on if I would need to apply for the FBI clearance before submitting my PR application.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 20 at 8:33 am

      You will need FBI clearance for Australia PR if you have lived in US in last 10 years.

  2. Koffi
    Koffi 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

    As a follow up question Anil, can I take my finger print myself and if I do, do I need to sign under ‘signature of official taking finger print’ or leave it blank ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

      You won’t be able to get fingerprints yourself if you are outside USA.

  3. Koffi
    Koffi 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My last visit a couple of years ago to the US was on a B1 visa for 6 months, do I need to get this FBI report since I was not technically a ‘resident’ in the US for this duration. Thanks

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

      What’s the purpose?
      You have to get FBI irrespective of your visa type. If you were physically in US, you have to get it.

  4. RD
    RD 8 Jan, 20 at 1:41 pm

    Hello Anil,

    If there is a good moral character RFE issued and the request asks clearances from each location lived in last 3 years, would the FBI fingerprint check discussed above be sufficient? Or would local police clearances be required as well?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jan, 20 at 1:41 pm

      What is your context and purpose? What type of application is asking for this good moral character?

      It depends on the organization is asking for it? FBI clearance is only for checking your police records and not specifically for good moral character.

  5. Hagonel
    Hagonel 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

    Under personal information it asks: U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident?
    Do I answer yes even though I no longer live in the US? I still have a green card but it is expired so I assume I may have to answer no, I still have my ssn so I put that in there.

    Seems like a silly question but I want to make sure I don’t mess it up. =)

    Also for country of residence do I just put Australia or are they also wanting me to put the US as I used to live there?

    Thank you. =)

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Dec, 19 at 2:37 pm

      You should answer “No” if you are not currently living in US. Rest all has been shown in screen shots above. Please go through them.

  6. Viral Zaveri
    Viral Zaveri 11 Nov, 19 at 3:20 pm

    I seem to have deleted the the email from FBI containing the PIN to access the account. I have now received the email that my Identity History Summary Response is available for review. But I cannot without the PIN. Is it possible to request FBI for the PIN?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Nov, 19 at 3:55 pm

      I am not sure how to request the PIN again. You have to check the FBI website as to how to do it.

  7. Tkleoz
    Tkleoz 24 Oct, 19 at 12:06 am

    Hi Anil,
    Thank you so much for all the information. I need a police certificate for a visa but I live in Australia, so I just downloaded the form and will have my fingerprints taken here. That means that I don’t have an Originating Agency Identification (ORI) Number. However, in the instructions attached it clearly says that the ORI is a required field and “if a required field is left blank, the fingerprint card may be immediately rejected”. Do you have any advice for me?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Oct, 19 at 12:06 am

      Which process are you following? Third party or you are thinking of sending fingerprint card yourself?

  8. Abhinav
    Abhinav 24 Oct, 19 at 12:06 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the amazing information. I see above in the picture it is written FBI Police Clearance for Australia Residency. If, I am willing to apply for residency both in Canada and Australia, am I going to need 2 different fingerprint forms? Also for applying in both Canada and Australia, FBI Police Clearance has to be done separately?


  9. Arpan
    Arpan 29 Jun, 19 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Anil

    Do we need to provide employer details too? Since this FBI clearance is for immigration and not Employment am not sure. Also would FBI inquire anything with the employer if we give details?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Jun, 19 at 1:47 pm

      There is no employer information required. FBI uses only your fingerprints to give clearance report. They do not call anyone.

    NIKHIL KULKARNI 30 May, 19 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I got fingerprinted from a nearby police headquarters but in the ORI section, they did not put anything. Is that a problem? I searched the forums but the best advice there was only-“fill the form to the best of your knowledge”. Can I fill in the police station and it’s address in that section?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 May, 19 at 9:57 pm

      You van fill it with Police station name and its address.

  11. swagath patil
    swagath patil 7 May, 19 at 4:40 am

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for a very good post. I have a question. My wife is on H1B and I am on H4 staying in Denver CO. The leasing agreement is in her name(My name is not added). I do have address in bank statement and in my DL. Shall I have to add my name in leasing agreement for FBI clearance certificate or is it just OK as I have address in my DL and bank statement? Please suggest.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 5:46 am

      I don’t think any address proof is required for FBI application.

  12. Ganesamoorthy Pandian
    Ganesamoorthy Pandian 6 May, 19 at 9:57 am

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for all your good works in guiding us with your expertise.
    Could you please help me getting clarifications reg the police clearance.
    I have about 15 yrs experience; staying the last 5 years in USA. If I apply for family PR on July 2019, What is the advance time, I can apply for FBI clearance? Shall we take this clearance now itself since family has a plan to go back to India. What is the validity for the clearance?
    Thanks in advance for your clarification in this regard.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 9:58 am

      All your questions have been already answered in above article. Please read.

  13. Reddy Harish
    Reddy Harish 18 Apr, 19 at 12:02 am

    Hi anil, I’m about to do FBI for australian pr. I want to do it by myself getting fingerprint Do I still need to get it signed by authorised person. As, I am not taking any help.
    Thanks in advance

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Apr, 19 at 7:35 am

      No need for getting anybody’s sign if you are doing it yourself.

  14. SUZIE
    SUZIE 2 Apr, 19 at 6:18 pm

    If I have never been to the US, can I order an FBI police check to verify my identity relative to applying for a US visa at consular office abroad ? thanks in advance

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 8:44 pm

      If you have never been to US, why would FBI would even have your record?

      Why would you even apply for FBI report?
      I am not sure what’s the purpose here.

      • SUZIE
        SUZIE 3 Apr, 19 at 3:53 pm

        To verify identity in the event of mistaken identity.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 3 Apr, 19 at 6:41 pm

          I think you can apply for FBI report.

  15. Mandee
    Mandee 13 Mar, 19 at 4:39 pm

    Hey Anil, hoping you can answer a couple questions for me (and thanks in advance):

    1. What is the fastest way to have your fingerprints processed? How long does it take on average for the FBI to receive them? I’m a US citizen, currently in the US, if that helps.

    2. Are the FBI clearance certificates the same, regardless of how you request them (digitally vs. snail mail)? I want to do it digitally, as it’s obviously much faster, and I can’t use a channeler because Slovak authorities don’t accept the format that channelers provide. I’m guessing the clearance certificate is the same, since it’s directly requested to/from the FBI. Any ideas?

    3. My goal is to have the clearance certificate process done (including fingerprints) and in my hands within 1 month. Does that sound feasible to you?

    Thank you so much

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Mar, 19 at 8:33 pm

      I have given timelines for each option above. Please read it carefully and you will get answers to all your questions.

  16. Sunny Anand
    Sunny Anand 12 Mar, 19 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Anil, Thanks for your post. I got my FBI PCC done on Jan 14. I was in USA at that time. I travelled to India later and re-eneterd USA on Feb 16. Do I need to get a new FBI PCC because of the visit?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 1:21 pm

      You do not need the new FBI PCC. The current one is valid for 12 months.

      • Sunny Anand
        Sunny Anand 12 Mar, 19 at 1:22 pm

        Thanks Anil.

  17. Mayda O'Herlihy
    Mayda O'Herlihy 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    I sent all the correct documents by post and calculated I should’ve had a reply by Nov 2018…It’s now Jan 2019 and I’ve heard nothing. Is there a phone number or email I can contact to follow up on my clearance? Had I known I could do it electronically I would’ve opted for that!!!!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      The normal processing time is 14 to 16 weeks for normal postal mail FBI request. There should be a contact method on FBI website. I am not aware of it as never encountered anyone who’s request was delayed.

  18. Jatin
    Jatin 1 Dec, 18 at 10:22 am

    I checked with local Sheriff station and they said you can collect the fd258 card from UPS. They don’t do it on print out. I went in to UPS too and found out they don’t sell those cards loose. We need to either get fingerprinting from them. Is printing fd258 on A4 will work? Also, do I need to get FBI certificate for Canada for each member including 9 month baby.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Dec, 18 at 11:24 am

      FD258 on A4 white paper works only if you are taking fingerprints yourself. I don’t recommend doing it yourself as there is a technique to it on how to print them correctly. FBI would reject your fingerprints if they are not taken a certain way. So, its better to get it done by someone else who knows about it.

      If FD258 form is not available easily, go to a police station that provides fingerprinting service (paid). They will give it to you for free.
      It is possible that your city’s police don’t do it but some other town’s police station might have this service. Check on Google.

      FBI certificate is needed for each adult. Child is not required to have FBI certificate.

      • Jatin
        Jatin 1 Dec, 18 at 5:47 pm

        Thanks for the reply. Can you tell me the minimum age as well for FBI certificate.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 1 Dec, 18 at 5:56 pm

          The age limit is defined by the country or youthe purpose for which you need FBI certificate for.
          For Canada, each adult (18+) needs FBI certificate.

  19. Kris
    Kris 26 Nov, 18 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Anil,
    This is Kris. Thank you for providing detailed explanation on the steps. I followed the above instructions (Option 1) and I was able to download the soft copy of my clearance certificate from FBI site. However, though I had requested for a hardcopy, I did not receive it yet. If it takes longer is there a way to follow up? The softcopy was available on 15th of Nov. Is it okay if I submit the printed copy that I downloaded from FBI certificate for Canada Immigration ? or do they need the Original itself ? Could you please clarify ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Nov, 18 at 8:30 pm

      The FBI PDF file is valid for submission to any immigration authority. In your case, you can use it for Canada.
      No need to wait for physical copy.

      Physical should have arrived by now in mail though. I am guessing the delay may be due to holiday season.

      • Kris
        Kris 26 Nov, 18 at 9:16 pm

        Okay great. Thank you.

  20. vikas
    vikas 23 Nov, 18 at 7:16 pm

    HI Anil
    my parents need FBI CLEARANCE certificate for Canada PR .They didnt stay more than three months in USA but their total stay in four years exceeds six months and for finger print they are confused about where to do finger print.In finger print form there is a column(signature of fingerprint taken in presence).
    They are living in India,Gujarat.Is it ok to do in presence of local police dept and on normal A4 white paper with blank ink,as u said we can do finger print by ourselves. Does FBI consider self taken fingerprint ??

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Nov, 18 at 11:43 pm

      FBI do consider self taken prints but I strongly recommended to use third party service in India.
      There is a specific way that you need to take fingerprints else FBI will reject your application.

      Third party agents and channellers are available in India and you can use their service.

  21. Naveen
    Naveen 30 Oct, 18 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Anil, I have a question. I had an arrest in 2014 which was later dismissed the case was also expunged in florida. I just received the ITA for applying to canada. Should I be worried as far as the identity history check from fbi is concerned? If yes, is there anything I can do about it? Please let me know

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Oct, 18 at 5:28 am

      It depends on what shows up on your FBI report. You can’t do anything about it if it shows up on your history report.

  22. Rajan
    Rajan 22 Oct, 18 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I want to go with “Option 1. Electronically Submit Request Directly to FBI”. Do you know any known any Third party providers in Kerala that do this service?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Oct, 18 at 3:08 pm

      I am not aware of any providers. You can search for them on Google and you will find many.

  23. J C
    J C 15 Oct, 18 at 5:43 am

    Hi there,

    I am also asked by the Dept of Home Affairs in Australia to provide FBI Police clearance certificate as well as the state police checks for my PR application. Since I used to live in the States (Maryland and New York), do I also have to get the police check from each state? Or will the FBI Police clearance certificate cover all the state police checks and suffice this requirement?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Oct, 18 at 7:35 am

      Have you been contacted by Australian Immigration case office (CO) and asked to provide state police checks explicitly?
      I have not heard of state police checks being required earlier. Only FBI police clearance is sufficient if they have NOT asked for state police check explicitly.

      • JC Jan
        JC Jan 16 Oct, 18 at 4:51 am

        Yes, Anil, the notice from them says that “Police clearance certificates must have 12 months validity for United States FBI and State (Maryland etc) police clearance”. So I am not sure if FBI clearance will be sufficient in this case, although it does cover the national clearance?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 18 at 8:09 am

          ok..if they have specifically mentioned the state, then you need to get clearance from local state police department too.
          Looks like they have started asking for state clearance recently as I have not heard of this requirement from other people who have already migrated to Australia from US.

          • JC Jan
            JC Jan 25 Oct, 18 at 11:27 pm

            Hi Anil,

            I just got the FBI clearance via email. Just wondering if I also need to get it (also other police checks from my home country and Australia Federal Police) notarized before uploading them to the Immi system? Or police checks are fine as they are. Cheers

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 26 Oct, 18 at 6:25 am

              You have to get police checks from all countries where you have stayed for more than 12 months in last 10 years. For USA, FBI check is same as Police check.

              • JC Jan
                JC Jan 26 Oct, 18 at 7:03 am

                I know. I got them all already . Just checking if I should also get them “certified” (notarized)? I thought police checks are Ok without notarization?

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 26 Oct, 18 at 7:18 am

                  ohh..i missed your ‘notarized’ part of the question.
                  Notarization is not needed for police certificates. Scan them in color for uploading.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 18 at 1:58 pm

          Just need a clarification from you. Did you submit FBI clearance with your application submission or not?
          if you had already submitted FBI clearance earlier, then they are explicitly asking for state police check now?

          • JC Jan
            JC Jan 16 Oct, 18 at 5:03 pm

            No I didn’t submit the FBI clearance along with my application submission though I did submit the Australian national police check and the one from my home country. However they are over 12 months now since the wait time takes so long that I have to resubmit the updated police checks. Then I got asked to submit them plus the new requested FBI and state police checks as I told you.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 18 at 4:41 pm

          I did some more research and found that yes, you do need state police clearance too from USA.

          US citizens and permanent residents:
          ‘FBI Identity History Summary’ issued by the FBI or an approved channeler and a State Police Clearance for each State in which you have lived for at least 3 months for the last 12 months.

          US temporary residents and visitors:
          ‘FBI Identity History Summary’ issued by the FBI and if you resided in the US for at least three months in the past year, a State Police Clearance for each State in which you have lived for at least 3 months during the last 12 months.

          So, if you have lived in MARYLAND for more than 3 months in last 12 months, then yes, you need to submit it too.

          • JC Jan
            JC Jan 16 Oct, 18 at 4:59 pm

            Hi Anil, I only lived in the states from 2008-2014 as an international student and work visa holder.. So for the past 4 years, I haven’t been back to the US since I moved to Australia. If it says for the past 12 months, it is definitely not in my case. Could you advise?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 18 at 5:30 pm

              Well, that is correct. In your case, it is not applicable. But, If you do not want to delay your case any further, you should probably apply for both FBI and US State police check to save time.

          • Harish
            Harish 19 Dec, 18 at 3:40 pm

            Hi Anil,

            Firstly i would like to thank you for your efforts which is making life easier for me. I blindly followed you for my Indian PCC and FBI PCC. It would be helpful if you can put the process to apply for State PCC as well.

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 19 Dec, 18 at 4:03 pm

              Which state are you in? Each one has different process. So, it is difficult to cover all 50 states!
              I know about Texas at this time as one of the person recently did for Texas:

              • Harish
                Harish 19 Dec, 18 at 4:17 pm

                Hi Anil, I want it for California, Michigan and Illinois states. I resided in those 3 states for more than 3 months

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 19 Dec, 18 at 4:33 pm

                  Then, you should search local state police websites for their specific process.

          • Vik
            Vik 11 Apr, 19 at 1:37 am

            Hi Anil,
            I need information regarding USA PCC. I stayed in USA from Feb 2010 to Dec 2011 in Illinios state. Do i need to get only FBI Identity History Summary or state Police clearence also?

            Also, I was in UK from Feb 2008 to Jun 2009. As it is April 2019, Do i need to do police verification from UK. As i understand, we need police verification if we have stayed more than 12 months in last 10 years. But this time is before 10 years. Please suggest.
            Thanks for your help!

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 8:52 am

              Not sure if you have read the answer that you have replied too or not. It has clear answer to your questions.
              I suggest to read it again.

  24. SIVA
    SIVA 18 Sep, 18 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I submitted FBI Clearance form as per your guidance on this page. I got the FBI Clearance Certificate. I submitted it to the Australian Immigration, but now they are saying that FBI Clearance Certificate should have my alias name included. Can you please help me with that?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 11:36 am

      Why do you have alias name? Did you fill it any of the Australian immigration forms?
      I am not sure if FBI gives you an option to specify add alias name.

      • Siva
        Siva 19 Sep, 18 at 12:26 pm

        Yes I gave some name as Alias Name, like how we put initials in front of our name.
        Like K.Siva K Siva – This is how the name is appearing in all of my education documents. So I gave those name to Australian Immigration forms. since it was required

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 12:28 pm

          Then, you should have used the same name in your FBI certificate request as well. You can get another FBI certificate now.

  25. Breezy Bee
    Breezy Bee 1 Aug, 18 at 1:07 am

    How many copies of FD-258 cards are you supposed to send to the FBI?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Aug, 18 at 7:13 am

      1 copy only.

  26. SJ0710
    SJ0710 31 Jul, 18 at 1:19 pm

    ‘ Name oHi!!I am trying to do the fingerprinting at home by myself but I wanted to know what should be added in the “Name of Official taking fingerprints” if /i am doing it by myself? Please help

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 1:35 pm

      You can leave it blank as you are doing it yourself.

  27. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 7:40 am

    1. I do know if there is any pre-defined time that you can wait. I would assume 30-40 days wait is okay. My fingerprint card was delivered to FBI office after 25 days of completing step 1C and they did issue the certificate.

    2.(a) FBI accepts both paper and electronically submitted fingerprints. For electronically submitting fingerprints, they advice to go through the third party approved channelers though. See the link above for list of channellers.
    2.(b) I have not tried the police station electronic fingerptinting sending. My friend has used the Third party channeller from India to send electronic fingerprints.
    2.(c) This BCIA 8016 form seems to be specific to state of California. You can get the form from official California state website here:
    As per the instructions from Fremont police, this form has to be filled by requester first, which in this case is FBI.

    I have neither heard about it nor found reference for it on FBI website.
    Will check once more and update you.

    • Hemant Rawat
      Hemant Rawat 12 Jun, 18 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Anil,
      Thanks for feedback.
      I checked with a 3rd Party authorized agency and they mentioned FBI allows 90 days between Step 1c and 1d.
      Also “Live Scan Service” is only applicable for US Citizens and Green Card holder. All other applicants have to sent via mail.

      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 2:50 pm

        Great. Thanks for sharing the information back. I appreciate it.

  28. Hemant Rawat
    Hemant Rawat 11 Jun, 18 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have 2 questions regarding this blog post :
    1) I have completed Step 1.C but I want to wait for ITA before starting next step 1.D (since the FBI report shouldn’t be older than 6 months from ITA date). Is there any pre-defined time (after the completion of Step 1.C) under which Step 1.D (further steps) should be completed ?
    2) I checked the Fremont Police Department online website and seems like they now provide option to electronically send finger prints to FBI. But we need to get this form from FBI “Request for Live Scan Service” form (BCII 8016) form.
    2.a) Do you know if this is accepted by FBI ?
    2.b) Has anyone tried this method before?
    2.c) from where can I get this form?


  29. Hari
    Hari 17 May, 18 at 2:09 pm

    Hello Anil,

    I am non-citizen or green card holder but i went the FBI approved channelers they said they can issue and got the clearance certificate. Can i use this in canada pr process because in certain blog it said they might not accept so just curious and worried if i have to do it again from FBI website. Do you know if anyone has faced any issues.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 2:16 pm

      I know of many people who are non-citizen (non green card holder) and still got it from third party channelers and used it in Australia Imimgration.

      Does the certificate you received look like the one I have shared in above article? The one above is what I got using the direct FBI request (without third party).
      So, if your certificate matches the one above, you are good to use it in Canada PR.

      I do not see a reason this should not be accepted. It is issued by FBI themselves.

      • Hari
        Hari 17 May, 18 at 3:48 pm

        Thanks for your reply . The only difference i see is it does not contain my date of birth other than that everything else looks exactly the same. Will that be an issue?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 17 May, 18 at 4:24 pm

          That’s okay. Any document issued by FBI is a valid document.

      • Breezy Bee
        Breezy Bee 22 May, 18 at 9:01 am

        Any specific channelers for non citizens/non green card holders?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 May, 18 at 9:08 am

          Officially, the third party channellers cannot be used by non-citizens/non green card holders.
          But, in practice, almost all of them allow you to do so.
          My friends outside USA (specifically in India) have used it and I can vouch for it. They are reliable sources.

          You can choose any of them. They all provide the service.

          • Breezy Bee
            Breezy Bee 22 May, 18 at 11:51 am

            Which one in specific did your friend use if you dont mind passing info please.

            I have tried some with no success.They want you to book appointment online but once you answer the question asking for citizenship/ permanet residency
            they say you can’t book an appointment.

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 22 May, 18 at 12:01 pm

              Will check and reply. Give me some time.

              • Breezy Bee
                Breezy Bee 22 May, 18 at 1:03 pm

                No problem.Take your time and thanks for your response.

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 22 May, 18 at 5:03 pm

                  My friend used another agent in Delhi. This agent just asked for a US based phone number to receive an OTP (One time password) and then used the third part channeller service.
                  The agent then selected the option that the person (my friend) is a ‘Green card holder’ even though he is not.
                  He got the result within 5 days.

          • Breezy Bee
            Breezy Bee 22 May, 18 at 6:36 pm

            Okay, Thanks

    • Breezy Bee
      Breezy Bee 21 May, 18 at 4:12 pm

      Which channeler did you use?

  30. Camsur
    Camsur 11 May, 18 at 9:01 pm

    Is it possible to take the e-do registration if Im doing it here in the Philippines?, How long is the Validity of the Police Clearance? I will be using it for my application to work in UK

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 May, 18 at 9:06 pm

      1. FBI certificate is valid for 6 months if you are currently living in USA at the time of submission.
      If living is any other country at the time of submitting FBI certificate, then there is no expiry date for FBI.
      See the real certificate above, it has no expiry date mentioned.
      2. Not sure what you mean by e-do registration. If you mean the third party FBI certificate service provider, then yes, if you have any provider in Philippines, you can use them.

  31. Breezy Bee
    Breezy Bee 9 May, 18 at 1:59 pm

    Can one use a live scan fingerprinting services too?
    Am asking so because I see some states in the USA have fingerprinting services with vendors like ups& fedex.
    California , Texas and Florida are good examples.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 18 at 2:54 pm

      Yes, you can use any of the fingerprinting services including LIVE scanning.
      I have just given an example from Local police station fingerprinting service as they are the cheapest.

      UPS and Fedex would charge about $25+.

      • Breezy Bee
        Breezy Bee 9 May, 18 at 3:38 pm

        If you opt for live scan finger printing, will you still need to download the fd 258 form or since the process is digitalized the the fd 258 is generated during the finger screening and sent directly to fbi site ?

        Just curious to find out if during the screening time you can request for a copy of your live scan.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 May, 18 at 3:54 pm

          It depends on which service you use.
          1. If you use the LIVE scanning with third party providers (Option 3 above), then they may or may not print FD258 for you. It depends on what cost and services you buy from them.
          They do send the scans electronically to FBI though.
          2. If you use Fedex or UPS LIVE scanning, they do print the fingerprints on FD258 but do NOT send the prints electronically to FBI. You will have to print the fingerprint card and send it by postal mail to FBI (Option 1 above).

  32. Yuva
    Yuva 6 May, 18 at 12:28 pm

    How long FBI Police Clearance Certificate for Canada PR is valid? I have not yet given my IELTS so if I submit my finger prints electronically and i get issues in couple of weeks time, how long is the certificate valid? Also, please let me know if someone who is nor a Green card holder or citizen of USA can submit FBI application electronically?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 18 at 2:35 pm

      1. Canada will accept your FBI certificate it it was issued in last 6 months (if you are currently living in USA at the time of submission).
      If living is any other country at the time of submitting FBI certificate for Canada PR, then there is no expiry date for FBI.

      2. Yes, non-citizen and non – Green card holder can also use the third part service to submit fingerprints electronically.

  33. SMH
    SMH 3 May, 18 at 8:31 am

    Is the first method possible for someone if they doing it from india? i was told that option is only for people present in US at that point

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 May, 18 at 12:17 pm

      Yes, its possible form outside USA. You can take your fingerprints yourself and send it by postal mail to FBI office.
      Just select the electronic delivery of report. That’s it. You would be able to download the file from FBI website once it is available.

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