Requesting Your Own FBI Criminal Background Record

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Requesting Your Own FBI Criminal Background Record


If you want to simply find someone’s federal criminal record you may have a difficult time, but it is possible to request your own criminal profile. You would be surprised how simple it actually is to see what the FBI has on you. It is not going to be as simple as running a criminal background check on yourself or someone else, but you can get your own records and see exactly what the FBI has on you!

If you want to see what your FBI criminal background is, you will need to complete a cover letter. You must sign the cover letter and it must contain your complete mailing address. If you need it by a certain date, be sure to specify this date on the envelope so that your request gets the attention needed.

If you want to see your FBI record you will need to enclose with your request a set of your fingerprints, your name, your date of birth, as well as your place of birth. Do not use a copy of your fingerprints, as this will not be accepted and your fingerprints will need to be placed on standard fingerprint form. You will want to have rolled impressions of all ten fingers and also the impressions taken simultaneously. You would be well served to have your fingerprints taken by a finger print technician.

With your request you will need to enclose a money order or certified check in the amount of $18. This money order or check needs to be made payable to the Treasury of the United States, or you can also pay by credit card if this is more convenient for you.

You’ll mail all of this information together to:

FBI CJIS Division – Record Request

1000 Custer Hollow Road

Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306

If you mail all of these things together you will generally receive your record within three to four weeks. If you do not have an FBI criminal background record you will receive a “no record” response which just tells you that the FBI has never had to look into who you are and what you do. If they have had any dealings with you, you will be mailed your record and you can do with it as you please.

Many people request their FBI criminal background record when they are leaving the country, need to prove their identity to an employer or member of a foreign government, and some people are just curious what the FBI has on them. If you find that any of the information is not correct, you can always dispute it with the FBI and have it corrected, if possible.

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