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Request your own FBI IdHS Identity History Summary to review your FBI Rap Sheet

Accurate Biometrics provides same day online results on Electronic FBI Departmental Orders (556-73)

Available at Accurate Biometrics Live Scan Locations, By Mail or Through Our Nationwide Collection Network

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.

Three Delivery Options to Receive Your Results:

  • Secure online portal pick-up of Electronic Departmental Order (eDO)*
  • Standard U.S. Postal Service to U.S. addresses only, includes secure online portal pick-up
  • 2-day Priority Service to U.S. addresses only, includes secure online portal pick-up


  • Per FBI requirements, applications submitted from outside the U.S. cannot be accepted or processed. Results can only be picked up within the United States or its territories. Please contact the FBI if you need to apply internationally.

  • Secure online portal pick up allows a one time login. Desktop or notebook computer use is required for pick up so applicants may download a pdf copy of their results.

  • Your attorney can also receive a copy of your FBI rap sheet. This is only available when applying By-Mail, or at Accurate Biometrics locations. Attorneys cannot receive a copy of your FBI rap sheet with the Fingerprint Collection Network applications (requires an additional attorney release letter).

  • Per FBI requirements, Departmental Order result letters cannot be mailed to a Post Office (PO) box address.

Let’s get started!

In-Person Application at Accurate Biometrics Locations

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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

Fingerprint Collection Network

Convenient live scan fingerprinting Kiosks in The UPS Store® locations nationwide

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.

By-Mail Application

An attorney can receive a copy of your FBI Rap Sheet only through the By-Mail application option

To do this, an Attorney letter must accompany your FBI Departmental Order application. Here is a sample of an Attorney letter. Find more information in the By-Mail forms packet (click button link below).

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • To make sure your FBI record is complete, accurate, and up-to-date
  • To review or to request a correction or update
  • To challenge information on your record
  • To satisfy certain legal requirements, such as a requirement for adopting a child
  • To satisfy a requirement to live, work, study or teach abroad
  • To satisfy a requirement to travel, now required by several countries
  • Other court related matters

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.

  • Someone with the same name as a job seeker has committed a crime.
  • A minor or old criminal matter that the job seeker thought was judicially set aside or was too old to matter still pops up.
  • A past employer or school does not have the job seeker's record under the proper name so that a background check may be inaccurate.
  • A school may have a job seeker under a different name, or may not have given the job seeker the degree due to not paying a final bill and the school did not officially give the degree.
  • A driving record check may reveal an old ticker that the job seeker thought was taken care of but went to a warrant for failure to appear.
  • A job seeker was the victim of identity theft.

For more, check out this article by Lester Rosen

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) visit:


FBI Channeling Partner Opportunities

Attention Live Scan Fingerprint Service Providers

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.

For more information, or to set up an account for Departmental Order channeling, please contact Will Peterson at 708-887-9258, or email [email protected].

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].