FBI Criminal Background Check, Police Certificate

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FBI Criminal Background Checks Distinct Usages

  • FBI Criminal History Checks – For Employment and Licensing
  • FBI Identification Record – AKA “Police Certificate”, “Personal Record Review” and/or “Rap Sheet”

FBI Criminal History Checks for Employment and Licensing

Under Public Law (Pub. L.) 92-544 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has authority to conduct a criminal history record check for non-criminal justice purposes. Thus the FBI is legally authorized to exchange criminal history record information with state and local governments officials for employment, licensing, which includes volunteers, and other similar non-criminal justice purposes, per state statutes which has been approved by the Attorney General of the United States.

Such state statute guidelines in itself, require fingerprinting and authorize the governmental licensing or employing agency to exchange fingerprint data directly with the FBI.

FBI Criminal Background Check – DOJ Order 556-73
A criminal history record search obtained pursuant to U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 may not meet employment requirements. Governmental licensing or employing agencies covered by federal laws and/or state statutes may refuse to accept criminal history record information directly from the subject of the record, as there would be no way to verify that the information contained on the record had not been altered.

Also, a record provided to the subject for personal review contains only information maintained by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and may lack dispositional data and/or arrest records that are maintained only at the state level.
Source: www.fbi.gov 04OCT2012

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What is an Identification Record Request?

A FBI Identification Record Request is a “personal” Criminal Background Check done on the request by an individual for themselves. This personal record review request can sometimes be accepted/viewed as a “Police Certificate” or even as a “Rap Sheet”. Basically it is a FBI file report of your criminal background check or a declaration of the absence of any criminal record. Request for a “Police Certificate” typically vary and differ in each country and territory and may also by referred as:

  • Police Clearance Certificates
  • Good Conduct Certificates
  • Judicial Record Extracts

This type of process of a FBI Criminal Background Check is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service.

All arrest data included in an Identification Record is obtained from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other information submitted by agencies having criminal justice responsibilities.

FBI Criminal Background Check – Submission Request
FBI Criminal Background Checks are typically used for matters as:

  • Personal Record Review – To review your own record
  • Challenging Errors and Inaccurate Information On Your Record
  • Child Adoption Requirements Both Inside and Outside the United States
  • To adopt a child from outside the United States
  • Foreign Travel or Work – To live, work, or travel in a foreign country
  • Work or Student Visas – To Live, Work, or Travel in the United States
  • Attorney Requests – Widely Used For Immigration Purposes and Court Related Matters

Note: A request for your FBI Identification Record or proof that a record does not exist must be submitted directly to the FBI if an authentication (apostille) is needed.


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