Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about obtaining FBI report
You will need to obtain your FBI report before we can process your apostille.
Can you obtain my FBI report for me?
No, you need to contact an FBI channeler and get fingerprinted.
Where can I have my fingerprints taken?
We recommend that you visit a LiveScan center to have your fingerprints electronically taken.
How long will it take to process my report?
Reports are ready in 5 business days, depending on your channeler.
What info is included in the FBI report?
An FBI Criminal Record Report contains a listing of information saved by the FBI, including military service, federal employment, and arrest history, whether you served time or charges were dismissed.
What is a channeler?
The FBI has named a select few private companies to help expedite the otherwise lengthy background check getting process. These companies are called channelers.
Can I check on the status of my FBI background check?
Yes, please contact your channeler.
Questions about obtaining FBI apostille
Once you have obtained the FBI report, we are ready to process your apostille.
I’m interested in getting my FBI report with The Hague Apostille Certificate.
We will be happy to assist you. Please fill out the apostille order form HERE
What is an apostille for an FBI background report?
An Apostille (pronounced “ah-po-steel”) is a French word meaning official certification. The apostille is simply the name for a specialized certificate issued by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., to authenticate the legitimacy of an FBI background report.
The apostille is attached to the FBI report to verify it is real and authentic, to be acceptable in one of the Hague Apostille member countries. (listed below)
Who issues the apostille?
The U.S. Department State issues apostilles for FBI reports. The apostille refers to the name and signature of a division official listed on the results.
Why do I need to apostille my FBI report?
If you’re planning to obtain new or dual citizenship, live, work in a foreign country who is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will need to present an FBI background report with an Apostille. You will ONLY need an Apostille if the country in which the document is a member of the Apostille Hague Convention. (see updated list below)
How much do you charge?
Our fee is $200 per apostille. It includes the fees paid to the government agency and our service fee.
Domestic shipping is free.
International shipping is $45
How long will it take to process my apostille request?
Apostilles are ready in 5 business days.
Forms of Payment?
We accept PayPal, all major credit, and debit cards.
Can you apostille a PDF version of the report?
Yes, your channeler service provider will email you the background reports in PDF form. Please note that the U.S. Department of State accepts PDF versions for Apostille purposes.
NO NEED TO SEND A PAPER REPORT.
Can I do it myself, instead of paying you to do it?
Yes, we have prepared a FREE detailed do-it-yourself guide. Great solution If you are not in a rush and want to learn the process.
Otherwise, we will be VERY HAPPY to assist you.
How old can my FBI authentication letter be to be accepted by the U.S. Department of State for an Apostille?
Your FBI authentication report should not be more than three months old, or the U.S. Department of State will reject the apostille request.
Many countries will reject your report if it’s three or more months old.
To avoid any potential problems, we recommend that you have your document apostilled with us as soon as you receive the PDF file by email. Once complete, forward the apostille to the requesting country.
Do I need an apostille or embassy legalization?
If the destination country requesting your FBI Background report is NOT a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, then you need legalization at the Embassy. Documents going to a Non-Hague Apostille Member country will receive a certification. (not an apostille)
Which countries are members of the Apostille Hague Convention?
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan.
Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi.
Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic.
Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic.
Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia.
Fiji, Finland, France.
Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana.
Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary.
Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy.
Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg.
Macau, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco.
Namibia, Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, North Macedonia, Norway.
Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal.
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland.
Tajikistan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine.
United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.
Updated February 2020 Source: Wikipedia
Can I check on the status of my FBI background check apostille?
Yes, please contact us with your apostille order number.
Can you tell me more about your company before I place my order?
We at Apostille.net have been offering apostilles services for over 20 years. We have apostilled thousands of FBI apostilles.