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.
Related: How to get Indian police clearance certificate from Indian Embassy
The FBI Police clearance certificate processing time with online application is 3 to 5 Days.
To start your application, enter your email and click submit button:
Enter your PIN (from email) and click Log in. ‘Accept’ the terms and conditions.
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.
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:
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
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.
FBI police clearance request by postal mail processing time is 14 to 16 weeks.
FBI Police clearance processing time with third party provider is 3-4 days. This is the fastest and most expensive option.
Check Sample FBI Police Clearance LetterSample FBI Clearance Certificate here.
There is no expiry date mentioned on FBI certificate as such. Check Validity of FBI certificate for different countries.
No, there is no physical police verification done by FBI at your place of residence.
They use your fingerprints to find your details. If you have ever been arrested or fingerprinted by FBI, they will have your record.
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.
Yes, you can send multiple cashier check, multiple fingerprint cards and multiple confirmation email copies in single postal mail.
No. The FBI requires a current fingerprint card to process your Identity History Summary.
No. Due to concerns related to the protection of personally identifiable information, fingerprint cards are no longer being returned either for a “no summary” response or with an Identity History Summary.
If the last four digits of your Social Security number are needed on your response letter, then please ensure the full nine-digits or last four digits of your Social Security number are on the fingerprint card when submitting your request.
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.
No, you are NOT required to send any ‘return shipping’ envelope. FBI takes care of return shipping and mailing.
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