You can request a copy of your criminal history records on file with the FBI. Accurate Biometrics was the first FBI Channeler approved to offer this FBI personal review service to individuals in 2011. With our expedited service, an individual can now receive their personal FBI Rap Sheet within 24 hours of fingerprint processing. We have an easy-to-use customer web portal on our home page for quick download of your FBI rap sheet to your personal computer.
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Follow the In-Person steps below to apply for your personal FBI rap sheet if we have an Accurate Biometrics location near you:In Person Steps
If you are not near an Accurate Biometrics location, find a nearby fingerprint collection kiosk in our Nationwide Fingerprint Collection Network to capture and submit your fingerprints in real time.
Click the button below to apply for your personal FBI rap sheet using a fingerprint collection kiosk:Fingerprint Collection Network Steps
Note: Refunds before fingerprinting are subject to a $25.00 reprocessing fee. Refunds are not granted after fingerprinting occurs.
If you prefer to apply by mail, By-Mail Applicants are required to send in two sets of ink and roll fingerprints, each on a FBI FD-258 card or form, or two electronically produced ink cards from any authorized fingerprint provider (local law enforcement agency or licensed fingerprint vendor). To download a copy of the standard FBI FD-258 card for printing, click here.
Follow the By-Mail steps below to apply for your personal FBI rap sheet by mail:By Mail Steps
Results are available by portal pick-up on our website; often same-day. You also have the option of including a printed response by USPS mail or by 2-Day Priority delivery. Tracking is provided for USPS and 2-Day Priority delivery options.
A rap sheet (Identity History Summary report) is a criminal record on file with the FBI, based on fingerprint submissions received and retained by the FBI. An FBI rap sheet may also contain disposition data which is not fingerprint-based, if reported to the FBI and the FBI maintains the associated arrest record(s) supported by fingerprints.
The rap sheet one receives from the FBI may include information reported to the FBI from any source including local, state and federal agencies who submit fingerprint-based transactions to the FBI for retention.
The rap sheet is only a snapshot in time, containing retained information at the time of a “Departmental Order” fingerprint-based inquiry. A rap sheet will include reported arrests, dispositions and correctional transactions supported by fingerprints. The FBI rap sheet may also contain “wanted” or “warrant” information reported from other law enforcement entities, when reported.
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As designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Channelers can 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.
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 release statement must be signed by both the applicant and attorney on the attorney's letterhead. An example of the format and information required is available for download by clicking here.
The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division maintains the criminal history records related Identity History Summary (IdHS) information for the country and does not have the authority to modify any IdHS information unless they receive an updated record from the agency that “owns” the information.
Most states require that requests to change your IdHS record information be made through their respective State Identification Bureau (SIB). You may contact the respective SIB for assistance, and if applicable, request that they provide the FBI with updates to your Identity History Summary.
To find contact information for your State Identification Bureau, follow this link: https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks/state-identification-bureau-listing
To review the federal law that allows Departmental Orders (US Department of Justice Order 556-73)
As a FBI-contracted Channeler for Departmental Orders, we would like to help grow your fingerprinting business. You can now offer the expedited personal review of an individual’s FBI criminal history to your customers. We would like to add you to our service network. We provide technical assistance with system connectivity and will transmit the fingerprints to the FBI and provide our web portal and report printing options to your individual customers.
Accurate Biometrics is a trusted live scan fingerprint provider with over 20 years of experience. Let us help you navigate the background check process. Call our Customer Support team at 866-361-9944, or email us at [email protected].