Frequently Asked Questions About Brief Identity History Checks – FBI


1. Will I receive my Identity History Summary on blue security paper?

Due to the automation of the submission process, the FBI does not provide Identity History Summary results on blue security paper. All responses will be processed on standard white paper.

2. Do you have procedures for the timely processing of Identity History Summary checks?

No. The FBI does not dispatch requests; however, the application should be processed more quickly if submitted electronically. The request will be processed in the order of the date it was received.

3. Will the last four digits of my social security number appear on my response?

If the last four digits of your social security number are required on your response letter, please ensure that the full nine digits or last four digits of your social security number are on the fingerprint card when submitting. of your request.

4. How will my identity history summary be returned to me?

The FBI will return all results, both foreign and domestic, by US First-Class Mail through the US Postal Service. If you submitted your request electronically, you will receive a response electronically and an option to receive a response by first class mail via the US Postal Service.

5. Can I send a postage-paid envelope with my application?

Due to the automation of the mailing process, the FBI does not accept returns of postage-paid self-addressed envelopes with requests for Ministerial Orders.

6. Does the FBI issue apostilles*?

(*An apostille is a certification that a document has been “legalized” or “authenticated” by the issuing body through a process in which various seals are affixed to the document.)

The FBI will no longer affix the FBI seal to US Department of Justice Order 556-73 fingerprint search results. The FBI will authenticate all fingerprint search results by placing the FBI watermark and the signature of a divisional official on the results at the time of submission.

Documents authenticated by the FBI can then be sent to the US State Department by the applicant to obtain an apostille if necessary. Authentication requests for previously processed results will not be accepted.

7. When will I use the “In Care Of” and “Attention” fields?

These fields will be used if you request that the results be sent to someone other than yourself. “In Care Of (C/O)” is when addressed to someone who will then deliver it to the intended recipient. “Attention (ATTN):” means that it is sent to an organization more generally, to ensure that it is known who should receive it within the organization.

8. If I ask a lawyer to submit my request, will a lawyer’s release be necessary?

Yes, in order to provide information to another party, a release will need to be submitted with the request.

9. How can law enforcement authorities request certified copies of fingerprints and/or identity history summary information?

Visit the Certified Copies of Fingerprints and/or Identity History Summaries page for information on requesting certified copies of fingerprints and/or Identity History Summary information. identity by law enforcement entities.

A person cannot request a certified copy of fingerprints and/or identity history summary information.


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