Fingerprints Submitted Via Mail

FBI Criminal Background Checks / Departmental Order 556-73

Expedited Results – Same Day Results upon electronic submission

Federal Bureau of Investigation Notification: Channelers can only process Departmental Orders for US Citizens and Non-US Citizens who have permanent resident status; Non-US Citizens without permanent residence status must make the Departmental Order request directly to the FBI. Please note that inquiries for Departmental Orders must be made by the individual applicant and the FBI response must be sent to the applicant or the applicant’s attorney. If the FBI Rap sheet is sent to an attorney, a letter of release must be signed by both the applicant and attorney on the attorney's letterhead. Access to one’s rap sheet or FBI report to challenge, to update or to correct information is pursuant to Title 28 CFR Part 16.30 to 16.34.


The FBI Report Rap Sheet is returned containing the following:
  • FBI letterhead format in full color
  • FBI Seal in full color
  • Signature of presiding FBI CJIS Section Chief, Biometric Service Section
  • FBI Transaction Control Number (TCN), included if a criminal history is found
  • Date search was completed
  • Applicant name exactly as stated on the request form
  • Applicant address if included on the request form
  • SSN if included on the request form
    • All Identity History Summary (IdHS) record information reported to the FBI when the background check was processed

Follow these simple steps to get your FBI Background Rap Sheet:



Step 1: Complete the applicant information form

  • 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.
  • Please read the form carefully and be sure to include all the required information. Also include voluntary information (e.g. SSN, address, etc.) that you would like to see included in the report.
  • This service is available for US Citizens and US Permanent Residents only.
  • ADDED VALUE – Only 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.
  • All applicants have 1-time access to results at our secure web portal. For those who wish a printed copy to be mailed to you, please note that the costs below include the fee charged directly by the FBI, and all shipping and handling charges. FBI responses must be returned to the applicant’s address or to the applicant’s attorney. If the results are to be sent to an attorney, a letter of release on the attorney’s stationary must be included with your application; you will need to sign the letter along with the attorney. The FBI Report Rap Sheet response is sent to you by Accurate Biometrics. If you choose to have your response sent via mail or expedited service, it will be printed and sent to you on white secure watermark paper.

    • $50 - Web Portal Service
      Option #1 Rap Sheet available securely online.
    • $60 - Web Portal and USPS Mail Service
      Option #2 Rap Sheet available securely online and also mailed out via USPS First Class mail.
    • $75 - Web Portal and Priority 2-Day service – Domestic (U.S.)
      Option #3 Rap Sheet available securely online and returned anywhere in the US via Priority 2-Day service from the date the fingerprints were processed.

Fingerprint Icon Step 2: Obtain two sets of your fingerprints FD 258 Card

  • Print two standard fingerprint forms (FD258) from the following link or obtain FD258 fingerprint cards.

    Note: For convenience, all the forms can be downloaded in one Departmental Order Fingerprint packet.

  • Provide 2 completed original FBI FD-258 fingerprint forms or cards. Photo copies of the FBI fingerprint form are not acceptable. It is acceptable to print the FBI form (FD-258) on standard white printer/copy paper.

    International Applicant Note: International applicants must use the standard FBI FD-258 fingerprint card form; do not submit fingerprints on non-FBI fingerprint card forms.

  • Your name, date of birth, and signature must be provided on each fingerprint card. Fingerprints should be placed on the standard FBI FD-258 fingerprint fingerprint form or card.

  • Individuals may NOT fingerprint themselves; fingerprints MUST be obtained from a law enforcement agency in your area, pursuant to the FBI Departmental Order Requirements.

  • Include two sets of rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions). All fingerprint boxes must be filled in, or exceptions must be noted.

  • Note: We will also accept electronically produced ink cards from any authorized fingerprint provider such as a local law enforcement agency or licensed fingerprint vendor.

  • IMPORTANT: Include your complete email address in case there are any questions that could delay processing of your prints. A receipt email is available upon request. This checklist will help make sure you have everything.

One form of ID must match the mailing address when going to one of our service locations.

Primary Accepted Forms of Photo Identification:
  • State-issued driver’s license*
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
  • Federal Government Personal Identity Verification Card (PIV)
  • Uniformed Services Identification Card
  • Department of Defense Common Access Card
  • Foreign Passport with Appropriate Immigration Document(s)
  • USCIS - Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
  • USCIS - Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • Federal, state, or local government agency ID card with photograph
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  • Canadian driver’s license
For those applicants without a driver’s license, a state identification card may be presented if the state’s identification card standards are the same as for the driver’s license.

Secondary Accepted Forms of Identity (2 are required):

In the absence of a primary identification, applicants may provide at least 2 secondary identification documents including:
  • State Government Issued Certificate of Birth
  • U.S. Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Identification Card
  • Native American tribal document
  • Social Security Card
  • Court Order for Name Change/Gender Change/Adoption/Divorce
  • Marriage Certificate (Government Certificate Issued)
  • U.S. Government Issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Draft record
  • School ID with photograph
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N-560)
  • Replacement Certificate of Citizenship (N-561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550)
  • Replacement Certificate of Naturalization (N-570)

When validating the authenticity of secondary identification documents and forms, the data and information may be supported by at least two of the following current documents:
  • Utility Bill (Address)
  • Jurisdictional Voter Registration Card
  • Vehicle Registration Card/Title
  • Paycheck Stub with Name/Address*
  • Jurisdictional Public Assistance Card
  • Spouse/Parent Affidavit

For the complete FBI Guide to Identity Verification visit: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/compact-council-identity-verification-program-guide-single-page.pdf/view


24 Hour Delivery Step 3: Choose shipping option

Web Portal Pick Up Service

Option 1

$ 50

Web Portal & USPS Mail

Option 2

$ 60

  •  Download FBI Report Rap Sheet
  •    Available Securely Online - via personal computer
  • Per FBI, 1x Digital Download
  •  Printed On White Secure Watermark Paper
  •  via USPS First Class Mail - includes tracking number
  • Per FBI:
    • No PO Box delivery
    • No International delivery
    • No "In care of" delivery
    • No 3rd Party deliveries

Web Portal & Priority 2-Day Service

Option 3

$ 75

  •  Download FBI Report Rap Sheet
  •    Available Securely Online - via personal computer
  • Per FBI, 1x Digital Download
  • Printed On White Secure Watermark Paper
  • via UPS Two Day Service - includes tracking number
  • Per FBI:
    • No PO Box delivery
    • No International delivery
    • No "In care of" delivery
    • No 3rd Party deliveries

Additional copies of your FBI Rap Sheet - $10

Note: If an extra copy of your FBI Rap Sheet is requested to be delivered via UPS or USPS, that copy will be printed in full color on white secure watermark paper with the FBI seal. All sheets automatically include a FBI Agency seal in the background of the document and the signature of the FBI section officer.

FBI reprint - $10

There is a possibility that your fingerprints will be successfully received by the FBI, but are unable to be processed by the FBI. If this occurred, you would receive a reprint notification to the email address you provided requesting another set of fingerprints to complete the transaction.

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. If you wish to submit another set of fingerprints for processing, please follow the process below and include a money order or credit card form for the $10.00 fee.

You may submit multiple sets of fingerprints taken by a fingerprint technician or law enforcement agency. You may send additional fingerprint cards (FBI form FD 258) to Accurate Biometrics with a newly completed copy of the applicant information form, along with a copy of the rejection letter. To assist you in learning more about taking legible fingerprints, refer to the following site: https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/fingerprints-and-other-biometrics/recording-legible-fingerprints

If you have any questions please contact Accurate Biometrics at 866-361-9944 or email us at info@accuratebiometrics.com.

Credit Card Step 4: Submit payment

  • Option 1: Obtain a money order or cashier’s check for the fee based on desired service in U.S. dollars made payable to Accurate Biometrics. 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 and three digit security code of the credit card that you are using.
  • Important notes:
    • Cash or personal checks will not be accepted for mail in service.
    • Payment must be for the exact amount.
    • If the request is for a couple, family, etc., include the total fee for each person. The payment may be processed as one credit card transaction.
    • View our convenient payment options.

Email Step 5: Mail the required items (listed below) to the following address

Accurate Biometrics - Departmental Order
500 Park Blvd, Suite 1260
Itasca, IL 60143

Required Items

This checklist will help make sure you have everything.

Your mailing must include:

  • Signed applicant information form
  • Fingerprint cards
  • Appropriate payment in U.S. dollars for each person or copy requested
  • Please include checklist form

Secure Shield Step 6: FBI Rap Sheet delivered to applicant (payment receipt available upon request)

The FBI Rap Sheet is generated by Accurate Biometrics in accordance with the FBI issued “Channeler Requirements for the Departmental Order Process” dated June 10, 2011. Accurate Biometrics is required to print the criminal history response exactly as it is electronically received from the CJIS Division of the FBI.

Accurate Biometrics, a certified FBI Channeler, is approved to electronically process FBI fingerprint background check requests in accordance with Department of Justice Order 556-73

IMPORTANT: Include your complete email address in case there are any questions that could delay processing of your prints. This checklist will help make sure you have everything.

Thank you for your business.

For additional assistance, please call our Customer Service team at (866) 361-9944 or email us at info@accuratebiometrics.com.