Complete the FBI applicant-information form if you decide to have the FBI do your criminal background check. The form can be downloaded from the FBI's website. Include your mailing list, telephone number and email address.
Obtain a set of your fingerprints on a standard fingerprinting form. Most local law enforcement agencies will fingerprint you for a small fee.
Include payment by money order, cashier's check or credit card. As of 2011, charges were $18 for a criminal background check.
Mail the applicant-information form, fingerprints and payment to:
FBI CJIS Division -- Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306
Search public databases. If you would rather conduct the search yourself, look up the public databases in any state or county you've been in during the last ten years. Many counties offer a public-records search for free.
Use an online background-search company. There are numerous websites devoted to criminal background searches; however, you'll have to pay a fee. "GovRecordsRegistry" and "US Search" are examples of such sites.
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