Though the extent of reporting may vary from state to state, an FBI Federal Background Check is often required for a number of reasons -- including pre-employment screenings for a government or childcare agency and before international travel. The process involves a fingerprint submission and various informational reports which are then verified through the FBI database.
The FBI Background Check Process
FBI background checks require fingerprinting -- most local, county and state law enforcement agencies will take your fingerprints for a nominal fee, though some printing companies also offer the service. You will also need to complete the Applicant Information Form -- which requires information about your physical appearance, address and social security number -- and pay a small fee for processing.
Streamlining the Experience
The application form and a blank copy of the fingerprinting card are available on the FBI's website, though law enforcement agencies may require that you use their materials instead. Once you have made payment -- credit card, money order and certified check are acceptable; personal check and money order are not -- you can expect processing time for the background check to take approximately five to six weeks.
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