(Also called Departmental Order 556-73 or Identity History Summary Check)
Fast Results – Within 24 hours of Fingerprint Card Processing, Often Sooner!
For real-time service in the United States, please consider using our Nationwide Fingerprint Collection Network to request your FBI Background Check Report. Save money on extra fingerprinting costs, mailing fees and legwork!
Follow these simple steps to get your FBI Background Rap Sheet:
Click the Fingerprint Forms Packet button below to download all the information and forms you will need. Please carefully review the complete instructions included in the forms packet.
Please read instructions in the forms packet carefully and be sure to include all the required information. Please use black ink to fill out the forms.
IMPORTANT: Please do not alter your Applicant Information Form. This may cause a delay in processing. If you have special instructions for Accurate Biometrics, you may mention those instructions in a cover letter.
Step 2: Obtain two sets of your fingerprints
You will need to submit two original copies of the standard FBI FD-258 fingerprint form from the Departmental Order forms packet. It is acceptable to print the FD-258 form on standard white printer/copy paper.
Individuals may NOT fingerprint themselves; fingerprints must be taken by a law enforcement agent or other authorized contractor.
We will accept electronically produced ink cards from any authorized fingerprint provider such as a local law enforcement agency or licensed fingerprint contractor. However, photocopied prints of the completed FBI fingerprint form are not acceptable.
NOTE: Per FBI requirements, Departmental Order result letters cannot be mailed to a Post Office (PO) box address.
Additional copies of your FBI Rap Sheet - $10
On the Applicant Information Form, you can order additional copies of your rap sheet. The copies are printed in color on white secure paper featuring a watermark of the FBI seal in the background and the signature of the FBI Section Chief.
Step 4: Submit payment
For payment by credit card, a credit card payment form is included in the forms packet.
Step 5: Mail the required items including payment to this address:
Accurate Biometrics - Departmental Order
500 Park Blvd, Suite 1260
Itasca, IL 60143
Review Required Items
Review the checklist here. Your mailing must include:
Signed applicant information form
Two original fingerprint cards
Appropriate payment in U.S. dollars for each person or copy requested
Please include checklist form
IMPORTANT: Include your email address so that we may contact you in case there are any questions that could delay processing of your prints.
What do I do if my prints are rejected?
There are a small percentage of individuals in which the fingerprint image quality is very low. An individual, by the nature of their work or age, may have very thin or worn ridges in the pattern area.
There is a slim possibility that the FBI receives your fingerprints, but is unable to process them. If this occurred, you would receive a reprint notification to the email address you provided asking that you send another set of fingerprints to complete the transaction.
You may submit new sets of fingerprints taken by a law enforcement agency or authorized contractor for a $10 reprocessing fee.
If you wish to submit a second set of fingerprints for processing, send your additional fingerprint cards (on the standard FBI FD-258 form) to Accurate Biometrics with a newly completed copy of the applicant information form, a copy of the rejection letter, and a money order or credit card form for $10.00.
Note: If a third submission is required, the full processing fee must be submitted with the required forms and fingerprints.
Payment receipt available upon written request submitted with application.
Fingerprints are submitted real-time with results delivered often within minutes of submission. Once fingerprints have been submitted NO REFUND REQUESTS CAN BE GRANTED.
Accurate Biometrics, a certified FBI Channeler, is required to print the criminal history response exactly as it is electronically received from the CJIS Division of the FBI. This is in accordance with the FBI issued “Channeler Requirements for the Departmental Order Process,” dated June 10, 2011.
This service is available for U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.
We are one of few channelers that offer the option of a hard copy print response white secure watermark paper; sent via mail or expedited service. (See Step 3) As an added value – Accurate Biometrics provides tracking service on FBI Rap Sheet results sent via the United States Postal Service (USPS) or 2-Day Priority Service.
Per FBI regulations, we cannot deliver to P.O. BOX, International, In Care Of, or 3rd Party destinations.
The response may be sent to an applicant’s attorney. To make this request, a letter of release must be signed by both the applicant and attorney on the attorney's letterhead and must accompany the applicant information form
All applicants have 1-time only access to results at our secure web portal. We recommend the access be made from a desktop computer if a print copy is desired. Acrobat Reader is required to open and print the results pdf.