Do you need to apostille your FBI background check?
A background check originating from the FBI can be processed through our Washington DC Apostille office. Documents received at our office by 2pm are processed the following business day through the US Department of State. Our processing time is four business days plus FedEx overnight return shipping.
Most countries will accept an FBI background check issued within the past three months. If your background check is older than three months, please contact us for instructions on how to order a new copy. Please note that FBI background checks can only be processed through our Washington DC apostille office. This document is a U.S. Federal document and cannot be notarized or processed through a Secretary of State office.
Have you already received your FBI background check? Have you received a digital copy or a hard copy? If you haven’t started the process of obtaining your background check, we recommend that you contact an approved FBI channeler.
FBI Channelers can issue a digital copy of your background check in a PDF Format and a hard copy. The digital copy can be e-mailed to you while the hard copy will be physically mailed to your address. If you are in a foreign country, be sure to request a digital copy to save time and money.
Once you receive the digital copy in a PDF format, go ahead and e-mail it to FBI@stateapostille.com with our completed order forms.
If you decide to mail in your FBI background check, the address will be listed on the top right hand side of the order forms.
Processing time: 4 business days (Estimated)
Cost: As low as $75 for each apostille.
Office Hours: 8am – 7pm Monday – Saturday
Customer Support: 1-800-903-2470
We also recommend that you download the following forms:
Schedule of State of U.S. Federal Fees (PDF Format)
Schedule of Embassy and Consulate Fees (PDF Format)
State Jurisdiction Forms (PDF Format)
Translation Request Form (PDF Format)
Here are a few commonly asked questions….
Question: Who should I contact to obtain an FBI background check?
Answer: Please call us for a list of recommend FBI channelers. Our office is open from 8am to 7pm Monday-Saturday. Live chat is also available during these hours. Prefer to email? FBI@stateapostille.com
Question: My FBI background check is older than three months, is that going to be a problem?
Answer: Yes, most countries will only accept a background check issued within the past three months. Please double check with the country requesting your documents for specific instructions.
Question: Will I also need a State issued background check?
Answer: Some countries may request a State issued background check in addition to your FBI background check. A state background check can be issued by local police, Sheriff, and State office.
Question: What is the current processing time?
Answer: The current processing time is four business days plus FedEx overnight return shipping. We are the fastest service provider in Washington, D.C.
Question: Can you process a digital FBI background check in a PDF format?
Answer: Yes, we can. Please email your FBI background check to FBI@stateapostille.com with our completed order forms. Be sure to include a password if one is required to open your PDF file.
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!