If you suspect that there might be some incorrect information on your FBI Identification Record or “Rap Sheet” as it is commonly known as, then you will need to make a request to obtain it. You have a right to do a criminal background check on yourself but you will have to jump through a few hoops to get hold of it.
If you are adopting a child or you need to disclose any criminal record to get work then you may need to request your criminal history record. Of course it’s more likely that you want to do your FBI criminal background check in order to prove that you don’t have a record at all.
You can request a copy of your identification record on the FBI web site at the fbi gov web site under “More Services”. Here you will find all the instructions that you need to complete the request and get it processed.
There is a fee payable that you must include with your application. At the time of writing the stated fee was $18 which is a nominal fee to cover administrative costs.
The worst part of the application form is the fact that you have to send in a full set of your fingerprints to prove that you are who you say you are. In this instance, a drivers license and a utility bill just won’t be enough.
Fingerprints must be taken carefully so that they are clean prints and you must fill in a fresh fingerprint card too. In theory I suppose that you could do all of this yourself but I would suggest that you go down to your local law enforcement office and get an expert fingerprint technician to do it for you. This should avoid any problems with the process.
Can you get an FBI criminal background check on someone else?
No, you can’t, not through the FBI site anyway. The application has to be done in person and anyone trying to get one for someone else would need to obtain a full, yes all 10, set of fingerprints. You need to be determined just to get your own rap sheet, it would be near impossible to get one for someone else without their knowledge.
Free criminal background checks
Nothing is ever absolutely free I know and you aren’t going to get such a complete and accurate criminal background check on yourself as you will direct from the FBI itself. But it is possible for you to look up criminal and arrest records, arrest warrants and a lot more information by doing your searches in public records, online. You can do it really quickly too.
It can be a very cheap alternative and potentially provide you with a lot of diverse information that you might not get from the FBI. This could be bankruptcies, civil judgements, email addresses, property records and other interesting stuff. In addition you can do criminal background checks on anyone using public records, not just yourself.