How To Get an apostille for your FBI Background Check | The Complete Guide
There are five (5) main types of documents that you have to prepare in advance of the job contract in South Korea. Because some of these documents require a long time to obtain from the government or the private institution plus time to authenticate the document so it can be recognized in South Korea you will need to start the process as quickly as possible.
Today’s post will explain in detail the process needed for an apostille for your FBI Background Check. You can obtain a recent record of your criminal history and certify it smoothly, effortlessly and affordably.
First you need to obtain an FBI Background Check
FBI Criminal Record Check VS. State Police Clearance
The EPIK administration requires that the FBI Background Check must be issued by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS). The local police station or law enforcement can issue police clearance for employment or business licensing on the domestic level. However, if your employment is in Korea, your criminal record must be issued on the national level by the FBI CJIS to be recognized for use in Korea.
Step-By-Step Guide for FBI Background Check
Step 1: Fill out the FBI Criminal Report Request Form
If you are requesting an FBI Background Check for more than one person, such as: your family, they must complete and sign their own form. Fully complete FBI Criminal Report Request Form. to have a channeler perform the service; or for the FBI to perform the service you’ll need to complete Form I-783.
It is immensely quicker to have a channeler prepare the FBI Background Check. A channeler can take only a few days whereas the FBI can take a few months. There are only a few FBI approved channelers. They can be found [here].
Step 2: Get your fingerprints taken
You can have your fingerprints rolled at your local police station, sheriff office or by your college security, and submit FD-258 form. If you have them taken by a preferred live scan, the file can be electronically transmitted which will save time.
Step 3: Submit Your Request and Payment
You may choose to send your payment and forms to either of these locations:
The FBI Directly. The cost is $18.00 per request and the turnaround time is 4 business days plus shipping time.
Payment can be made by a money order or certified check for $18 U.S. dollars made payable to the Treasury of the United States or a credit card.
If paying by credit card be sure to include the name on the card, full card number, expiration date, security code and billing address along with the total to be paid. Cash, personal and business checks are NOT accepted.
Do not include any self addressed envelopes as they aren’t acceptable. Send your package with payment to the following address:
FBI CJIS Division – Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306
Contact one of the FBI Approved channelers. They are private agencies appointed by the FBI to expedite the process of issuing FBI Background Checks. The cost ranges between $35.00 – $80.00 per request and the turnaround time is less than a week. They all have certain steps to follow, fees to pay and methods of payment. You should contact them directly.
Step 4: Receive your results
You will receive “No Record” if you don’t have any criminal record, and a “Rap Sheet” if you did have a criminal history.
Step 5: Apostille FBI Background Check for Korea
You may contact the US Department of State directly. The cost is $8.00 per document, turnaround time is 8 business days without the mailing time. Send your package to:
Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
44132 Mercure CIR
PO BOX 1206
Sterling, VA 20166 1206
Read a full guide here
- You can use the help of one of the expedited Apostille service providers in the United States such as California Apostille
After you receive your Korea Apostille, your FBI Background Check will be ready for use abroad.
Stay tuned to our next post on how to Apostille a notarized copy of your US Passport for use in Korea.