; Walk-in Fingerprinting: Apply for your Personal/Self FBI Background Check In Person


For FBI Background Checks

(Also called Departmental Order 556-73 or Identity History Summary Check)

Fast Results – Within 24 hours of Processing, Often Sooner!

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

Contact Form Step 1: Complete the applicant information form

Click the Fingerprint Forms Packet button below to download all the information and forms you will need.

  • 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. The Social Security Number (SSN) field is optional. If you include it, the last 4-digits of your SSN will appear in your report.
  • 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 letterhead must be included with your application; you will need to sign the letter along with the attorney.
  • All applicants will have 1-time access to results at our secure web portal.
  • Additional options are available for delivery of an additional hard copy print of the rap sheet report. 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.

Web Portal Pick Up Service

Option 1

$ 50

Web Portal & USPS Mail

Option 2

$ 65

  •  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

$ 85

  •  Download FBI Report Rap Sheet
  •    Available Securely Online - via personal computer
  • Per FBI, 1x Digital Download
  • Printed On White Secure Watermark Paper
  • via Priority 2-Day Service
  • Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other U.S. territories do not qualify for UPS shipping.
  • Per FBI:
    • No PO Box delivery
    • No International delivery
    • No "In care of" delivery
    • No 3rd Party deliveries

Same Day Service*

Option 4

$ 100

*Chicago area only, for in person pick up of your report printed on white secure watermark paper

*In person results pick up is at our main office in Itasca.
(The Itasca main office is not a fingerprinting service location.)

Accurate Biometrics (Main Office)
500 Park Blvd, Suite 1260
Itasca, IL 60143

Same Day Service Notes: Results are hand delivered to the applicant. The applicant must have valid photo identification. While results are usually processed quickly by the FBI, a delay in processing by the FBI may take up to 24 hours to receive. Same day results may also not be available if prints are rejected by the FBI. (See “What do I do if my prints are rejected?” below.)

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 color on white secure paper featuring a watermark of the FBI seal in the background and the signature of the FBI Section Chief.

Calendar Icon Step 2: Review fingerprinting locations and schedules using the links below:

If your state is not listed here, you get fingerprinting through the Nationwide Fingerprint Collection Network. Note: pre-registration is required to use the Nationwide Collection Network.

Completed Fingerprint Form Step 3: Bring the completed applicant information form and two forms of identification to the location of your choosing.

NOTE: 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

Document Icon Step 4: You will be given a receipt upon completion of the fingerprinting process.

You will also be given instructions on how to obtain your FBI Rap Sheet from the Accurate Biometrics customer portal. When your results are available, you will receive an email with the information to download your response from the FBI. This information includes your name and Transaction Control Number (TCN). Please save your receipt. You may need the TCN number for reference.

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.

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.

To learn more about taking legible fingerprints, refer to this document on recording legible fingerprints.

Important Notes

  • This service is available for U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents only.
  • Fingerprints are submitted real-time with results delivered often within minutes of submission. Once fingerprints have been submitted NO REFUND REQUESTS CAN BE GRANTED.
  • 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. 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.

For more information on the U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73, click here. Contact information for the FBI via email is [email protected], and by phone: 304 625-5590

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)
  • 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

For additional assistance, please call our Customer Service Team at (866) 361-9944 or email us at [email protected].

Thank you. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.