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The Fed­eral Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) main­tains records of crim­i­nal his­to­ries for indi­vid­u­als in the United States. An indi­vid­ual can request a copy of his/her own Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Record for the rea­sons such as Immigration,  Inter­na­tional Adop­tion or to sat­isfy the require­ment to live or work in a for­eign coun­try. One can also request a copy of his/her own FBI Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Record for per­sonal review or to chal­lenge infor­ma­tion on the record. Please visit the web­site to obtain detailed information.

How to Request a Copy of Your Record

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form.

  • If the request is for a couple, family, etc., all persons must sign the form.
  • Include your complete mailing address. Please provide your telephone number and/or e-mail address, if available.

Step 2: Obtain a set of your fingerprints.

  • Provide the original fingerprint card. Previously processed cards or copies will not be accepted.
  • Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes.
  • Include rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions).
  • If possible, have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician. This service may be available at a law enforcement agency.

Step 3: Submit payment.

  • Option 1: Obtain a money order or cashier’s check for $18 U.S. dollars made payable to the Treasury of the United States. Please be sure to sign where required.
  • Option 2: Pay by credit card using the Credit Card Payment Form. Don’t forget to include the expiration date of the credit card that you are using.

Step 4: Review the FBI Identification Record Request Checklist to ensure that you have included everything needed to process your request.

Step 5: Mail the required items listed above—signed applicant information form, fingerprint card, and payment of $18 U.S. dollars for each person or copy requested—to the following address:

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

Note: Although the FBI employs the most efficient methods for processing these requests, processing times may take approximately eight weeks depending on the volume of requests received.

Which is the best place to obtain fingerprints for the FBI Clearance?

Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.
55 Town Centre Court, Suite 642
Scarborough, ON M1P 4X4 Canada
Ph: 416-915-7139

Worldwide Forensic Services Inc.
1090 Dundas Street East, Suite 104
Mississauga, ON L4Y 2B8
Ph: 416-298-7589

Although an individual can submit self taken fingerprints to the FBI for clearance, but there is fairly good possibility that the  fingerprints will not accepted by the FBI and get returned after a long waiting period. To avoid this situation, it is better to go to a proficient fingerprint technician to submit clear prints.  The police clearance division of Worldwide Forensic Services Inc. provides excellent services for getting clearance from the FBI. Please visit the link https://www.fingerscan.ca/fbi-clearance/ to get more information.