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How to authenticate or apostille a local criminal background check?

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

U.S. citizens or anyone who has been in the United States for a certain period of time, may be asked to present a “certificate of good conduct” or “lack of a criminal record” for a variety of reasons for use abroad, including adoption, school attendance, employment, etc. There are a variety of options available to you seeking to obtain proof of your lack of a criminal record.

One is the FBI background check we've discussed before, click here for details.

Another is the Local Police Background Check. For the local report, you may get it from the city, county, or state department.

Which one should you have? A federal or a local background check?

In most cases, the country requesting the Apostille or Authentication for the Background Check will mention the government agency you should obtain it from.

So, how to get your local criminal background check and have it authenticated or apostilled? Here are the steps.

Apostille or Authentication of a local criminal background check

Step 1: Get a notarized local criminal background check

Go to your local police department where you reside or last resided in the United States, request that the police conduct a local or state criminal records search and provide you with a document reflecting that there is no history of a criminal record. Local police departments may require your personal appearance in order to conduct the search. The local criminal background check you obtained should bear the officer's signature, and that signature must be notarized. You'll need to ask the police department to return you a notarized result or take a mobile notary with you if they do not have any notaries in their office.

Step 2: Get it apostilled by the Secretary of State of that issuing state

For a state-issued document, it does not require additional certification from the U.S. Department of State or the embassy or consulate of that destination country to be recognized. Once the apostille certificate is issued, you are all set!

You can do it step by step, or order our apostille service below.

Step 1: Get a notarized local criminal background check

Step 2: Get it authenticated by the Secretary of State

Step 3: Get it authenticated by the U.S. Department of State

Step 4: Get it legalized by the embassy of your destination country in the U.S.

Below is our service package for the above steps.

Once we receive your order and the notarized local background check, it'll be processed as soon as possible.

Besides local background checks, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.

⬇️ Other personal and business documents we provide apostille and authentication services for are:

Personal Documents:

Business Documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization

  • Amendment

  • Company's Annual report (Statement of information)

  • Bylaws (Operating Agreements)

  • Good Standing Certificate

  • Business License

  • Meeting Minutes

  • Board Resolutions

  • Shareholders' Resolutions

  • Corporate Stock Ledger

  • Financial documents

  • Bank documents

  • Tax documents

  • Contracts

  • FDA documents

  • USPTO Patents and Trademarks


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