FBI Background Check and Fingerprint Clearance

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Individuals requiring a U.S. Criminal History Check are required to apply to the FBI directly. U.S. Embassies and Consulates are unable to provide this service. Information regarding the FBI Criminal History Check, including the required application forms, can be obtained from the FBI’s website

Fingerprints

Applications for an FBI Criminal History Check must include a set of your fingerprints on Standard Fingerprint Form (FD-258). The fingerprint form can be downloaded from the FBI’s website and printed on standard white paper stock. The fingerprint impressions can be obtained from local police stations — the U.S. Consulates are unable to take the ink-rolled fingerprints that the FBI require.

Following up on an application

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General do not directly provide this service, and therefore are unable to give guidance or advise on the status of mailed applications. The FBI’s processing time is approximately 16-18 weeks upon receipt of a complete application. To follow up on the status of the request, please contact the FBI directly at identity@ic.fbi.gov, or +1-304-625-5590.