FBI Criminal Background Check – Identity History Summary Reports

New! FBI Channeler Service – Expedited FBI Background Checks

Alive Scan is proud to announce that we are now authorized to provide FBI Channeling Services. You can now get your own personal copy of your criminal history the FBI has on file, FAST, usually in less than 24 hours. Alive Scan is now authorized to submit fingerprints electronically via livescan as an FBI Channeler, with the Identity History Reports often available within hours instead of months. Please visit our FBI Channeling in San Diego webpage for more information.

FBI Criminal Background Reports (Rapsheet)

An Identity History Summary—often referred to as a criminal history record or a “rap sheet”—is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions kept by the FBI and related to arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. The U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73, also known as Departmental Order, establishes rules and regulations for you to obtain a copy of your Identity History Summary for review or proof that one does not exist. For criminal offenses, the Rap Sheet includes the date of arrest, the arrest charge(s), and the arrest disposition(s) if known.When no record is found, a dated “No Arrest Record” stamp, placed on the back of the fingerprint card the individual submitted for the Criminal Record File search, serves as our official reply. Please see fbi.gov for more info. The “National Level” FBI background check is also referred to as:

  • Criminal Clearance Certificate or Police Clearance Certificate.
  • FBI Criminal Background History Report.
  • Criminal History Record Summary.
  • Rap Sheet.
  • Personal Review or Record Review
  • Identity History Summary Check

Note: for a criminal background check at the California DOJ state level, you will need to submit your fingerprints via the live scan digital process. Please see our “Personal Record Review” webpage if you need to obtain a copy of your “California Criminal Clearance Certificate”.

How do I obtain a copy of my FBI Identification Record – Criminal History Report

In order to furnish an individual with a copy of their criminal record,  or proof that one does not exist, the individual must be electronically fingerprinted by an authorized FBI Channeler (24 hours reports) or fingerprinted on the FD-258 card by an authorized fingerprint service provider and mail the fingerprint card to the FBI.

Steps to obtain a Personal Criminal History Record Summary (Background Check)

FBI Channeler Service in San Diego – (Option 1)

Alive Scan is proud to announce that we are now offering FBI Channeler at our San Diego location. Applicants can now receive their FBI Criminal Background Report usually within 24 hours. This expedited service reduces the time it takes to receive the FBI Identity History Summary Check by months in most cases. Please visit our FBI Channeling webpage for more information.

Mail Fingerprint Card and Application to FBI (Option 2)

Alive Scan also offers the “old-fashion” ink fingerprinting required to receive an FBI Criminal Summary History Report the traditional way.

1. Fill out the FBI Request for Criminal Background Check Application Form
2. Get fingerprinted by an Authorized Fingerprint Service Provider, such as Alive Scan, on the FD-258 Ink Fingerprint Card.
3. Submit the Application Card, FD 258 Fingerprint Card and Payment of $18 to the FBI for processing.

What is the processing time for a criminal background check?

The FBI has two options for processing criminal background reports.
Option 1 – Electronic submission through an FBI Approved Channeler such as Alive Scan. (Reports are completed on average in less than 24 hours)
Option 2 – Mail fingerprint cards and applicant to the FBI for processing. Alive Scan is also authorized to fingerprint on the required FD-258 fingerprint cards for this option. (Processing time averages between 12-16 weeks)