Police certificates are often needed for immigration, work or child adoption reasons. In many immigration cases, authorities require police certificates from every country where person lived for more than 6 months since the age of 16. For work reasons, requirements may be less encompassing. Certain countries may even require police certificates based search conducted using full sets of fingerprints. You are advised to inquire in advance about the exact format of the police certificate needed for your purposes.
In most international cases, originals of the FBI Criminal History Summary Checks (commonly referred to as "FBI Police Certificates") are required with the apostille or legalization. You can get one using the link http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/criminal-history-summary-checks from FBI directly or from private FBI-approved Channelers.
Nevertheless, please note that the FBI-approved Channelers may not provide an apostille. A request for your FBI Identification Record must be submitted directly to the FBI if an apostille is needed.
Criminal Justice Information Services of the FBI (CJIS Division) will authenticate the Police Certificate by placing the FBI Seal and the signature of a division official on the results (if requested at the time of submission). Documents prepared in this way may then be sent to the U.S. Department of State by the requestor to obtain an apostille if necessary or authentication for subsequent legalization at a foreign embassy/consulate/mission (for use in countries that are not parties to The Hague Apostille Convention).
Please note that sometimes the organizations that require your Police Certificates may not accept FBI Police Certificate (not meeting their requirements) or specify that that additional State Police Certificates may be necessary for deeper coverage. They may even refuse to accept Police Certificates directly from you because of fears of altering the records. Furthermore, FBI Police Certificates may lack state-level police data about your history.
For example, if you need Police Certificate for U.S. Government employment or licensing within the U.S., U.S. Federal laws and/or state statutes require submission of your request through your state identification bureau (state police), the requesting federal agency, or another authorized channeling agency.
The list of state identification bureaus can be found via link http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/criminal-history-summary-checks/state-identification-bureau-listing
You should contact the organization requiring your Police Certificates for the correct procedures to follow.
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