How to Request a Background Check

Write an official letter to the FBI requesting a background check from them. Your letter must be signed and dated. If you are requesting this information urgently, be sure to mention that in your letter, as well as how soon you would like to receive this information. If you are requesting this information urgently, you also must write the deadline by which you would like to receive this information on the envelope.

Download and print Form FD-258, Fingerprint Form. To download and print this form, see the resources section. All FBI background checks must be completed on this form. You must include your birth date and name on the form.

Check the FBI's Web site to find out the amount you need to send for the processing fee. Get a money order or write a certified check for the processing fee. The money order or certified check must be made payable to the Treasury of the United States.

In your request, you must include your complete mailing address. You should provide your telephone number and/or e-mail address, if you have one.

Mail your request, fingerprint form and fee to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division -- Record Request 1000 Custer Hollow Road Clarksburg, WV 26306



About the Author

Eric Som has been writing professionally since 2002, contributing to various websites. He is certified through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Som holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Laws from Handong Global University. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from an Ohio law school.