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Apostille for FBI criminal background verification Certificate

Apostille for fbi background check

FBI Criminal Background Check Apostille is needed for anyone who has stayed in the US and is moving to another country for work, education, Marriage etc. Since the FBI Criminal Background Certificate is issued by the federal government, the Apostille needs to be done by the Federal Government or USDOS ( US department of state ).

We will learn complete details of the process in this article

What is Apostille ?

Apostille is an international certification issued by the state or the federal government depending on the document. This Apostille Certificate signifies that the document is verified and it is a legal document issued by the rightful authority and the details in the documents are correct as per the record.

Any document with Apostille certification is accepted in all 117 Hague Nation countries.If you are trying to move to countries outside the Hague nation then your documents need to be attested by the travelling country Embassy in the US after the apostille process is done.

4 Easy steps to get US Apostille on the documents

  1. Register on Apostille Portal 
  2. Collect certificates that need US Apostille
  3. Deposit the photocopies / original certificates
  4. Receive Documents with Apostille directly at your doorstep

Why do you need an Apostille for an FBI Background Verification Certificate ?

FBI Criminal verification proves that you don’t have any criminal records under your name, and you are safe to travel to any country.

If you are travelling Outside US, this is one document that is required for getting  Visa under Work, Student, Dependent, Business, Tourist 

The embassies will ask apostille for FBI document mainly to ensure that the documents that you are submitting to them are genuine and the information provided in the document is verified by the rightful authority.

What is the Process of Getting an Apostille for an FBI Criminal Background Verification Certificate?

Below are the steps to get Apostille for FBI Criminal Background verification certificate.

Step 1 – Get the FBI document issued

First and foremost thing is to apply for an FBI document through the FBI website.

You can request for a Criminal Background check or Identification record.

Step 2 – Submitting the Document for Apostille 

There are 2 ways you can get apostille for FBI document 

  1. Through USDOS or Federal Government 
  2. Through State Government for Notary Attested FBI document 


  1. Through USDOS – US department of States or Federal Government Apostille

Since the FBI document is issued under the federal government, Apostille should be done by the USDOS for Original document. 

You need to submit the original document to USDOS, Either you can submit the document personally or you can ask us to submit on your behalf.

If you are not able to present yourself to USDOS you can mail your documents to us we will get the apostille.

  1. Through State Government for Notary Attested FBI Document 


Even though the original document is issued by the federal government you can get an apostille by the State government though Notary Attested FBI document.

If you are unable to send the original document or you need apostille quickly then you can get apostille on Notarized copy.

Notary will be done by the competent notary authority in the state. After varying the details of the original document Notary Public will do copy certification by document custodian certification.

Based on the Notary Verification, the photocopy will finally be apostilled by the State Government.

Note – Most of the Hague nations accept Apostille done on photocopy but some authorities will insist on getting apostille on original document only, so check with the authorities to whom you are submitting apostilled document,  whether they accept the apostille done on photocopies or not.

How Much Time will it take to get Apostille on an FBI criminal Background verification certificate?

The duration for obtaining an apostille on a FBI varies based on whether an Apostille is needed for the original or photocopy . USDOS offers expedited processes, Apostille by USDOS will be done in 3-4 working days. If you want an apostille on Photocopy through notary attestation you can get an apostille on the same day. To know if your document qualifies for an expedited process, reach out to the Apostille experts for guidance.

How much does it cost for Apostille ?

Like time, the cost also depends on whether you need Apostille on original document or photocopy and whether you need expedited service or not. Check here for the cost details for each state.

Apostille & Legalization for an FBI Criminal Background Certificate for non Hague countries

For Non Hague countries you need embassy attestation along with the apostille on the document.

Below are the processes required to get embassy attestation for US Marriage certificate

Step 1 – Notary attestation ( for photocopy documents only, original documents no need to go through this Attestation)

Step 2 – Apostille by state ( the state in which the document is issued will provide the state apostille on the document 

Step 3 – Authentication by the USDOS ( US department of state or federal government) also called as federal attestation

Step 4 – Embassy attestation – After all the above attestations are done, the document is submitted to the embassy of the target country and embassy attestation is obtained.

Note – In case of the Photocopy attestation Notary public attestation is mandatory for the photocopy. In Photocopy legalization the document must go through all the 4 steps. Some countries accept photocopies for embassy attestation check with the expert for the information.

If you are submitting an original FBI document  you don’t need a State Apostille as the FBI document belongs to the Federal Government  so you can skip Step 1 & Step 2.

Suggestion – Some countries’ embassies accept direct submission after state apostille( Step 2)  for state issued documents such as US Marriage certificates.in this case you can skip the Step 3 USDOS Federal authentication this will save valuable time and cost.

This complete process of 4 steps is called as full legalization process. This will take 8-12 weeks and the cost verified depending on the document, state attestation, federal attestation and embassy time. Please check with Apostille experts for suggestions.


How do I get an apostille for a FBI check?

In order obtain apostille for FBI document you have to submit the document US Department of State Washington, DC 20520. You can mail the document to USDOS office with return address and a money order. Apostille will be done by US DOS and returned back to you

How long does apostille take in us?

For federal issued documents such as FBI Check it will take 5-6 working days to get the apostille done by US DOS

How much does it cost of FBI Apostille?

For FBI Apostille it will cost you around 80$

Apostille is a little complicated process and requires thorough knowledge about the complete process in order to suggest the best route to get apostille quickly.Speak to us or start the application form we will guide you throughout the apostille process.