How to Apply FBI Background Check

David Ho   |   September 11, 2019

FBI Background Check and Consular Authentication

With the new policy’s implementation of China State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) from May 2017, most of foreign applicants must provide valid non-criminal records and get Chinese consulate authentication when they apply work permit in China. We will introduce how to apply different countries’ non-criminal records and Chinese consulate authentication one by one. Today we will introduce how to get a USA FBI background check and authentication in Chinese Consulate in USA.


How to apply FBI Background Check

Officially called the Identity History Summary Check(IdHS)


Option 1: Electronically Submit Your Request Directly to the FBI

Official applying website is as below:

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form

Step 2: Select Your Preferences

Step 3: Submit Your Fingerprints

Step 4: Submit Payment

Step 5: Review and Confirm Your Request

Step 6: Check Request Status

Step 7: Receive Your Results


Option 2: Submit Your Request Directly to the FBI Via the Mail

You may also choose to mail all required documents to the FBI directly.

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form

Step 2: Obtain a Set of Your Fingerprints

Step 3: Submit Payment

Step 4: Review and Confirm Your Request

Step 5: Mail the Required Items to the FBI


Option 3: Submit Your Request to a FBI Approved Channeler

Steps are different for different Channelers.

For each option, fingerprint card is a necessary document. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258).

Format of FD-258 is as below:


Here are some cities’ fingerprint collecting institutes for your reference:



Notary Public Office:

Address: Rm#8, 13F, Xinbaohui Building, Nanyou Dadao, Nanshan Dist., Shenzhen, Guangdong



Address: Floor 17, Xingye Bank Building, No. 4013, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.


Tel: 0755-86367008,83053935




  1. Shanghai Institute of Forensic Science Ministry of Justice

Address: No. 1347 Guang Fu Lu (W)., Shanghai, China


Telephone: 021-31591347


  1. Shanghai Oriental Notary Public Office

Address: No. 660, Feng Yang Rd., Shanghai, China


Telephone: (021) 6215-4848




Nanfang Notary Public Office

Address: 9-11/F, Xinde Commercial Building, No. 246 Zhongshan Fourth Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong


Tel: 020-83635851, 020-83635833



Tongdashoucheng Institute of Judicial Expertise Science



Tel: 010-8399 4891(Fingerprinting services appointments)

Office hours: Monday – Friday 09:00-15:00



Sichuan QiuShi Judicial Identification Office


Add: 16/F, Builing 2, Hongxing Guoji II, No.69

Qingyun S. Road, Jinjiang Dist, Chengdu, Sichuan


Tel: 028-8675 1183, 028-8678 9392

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 17:00PM


In Shenzhen, there is very few fingerprinting technician who knows FBI’s standards and requirements in Notary Public Offices. Please make sure that the fingerprint card can be used by FBI by yourself.


Finally you will get a digital or original FBI background like below:


How to Apply Chinese Consulate Authentication in USA

Next step is to apply consular authentication in Chinese consulate in USA after getting FBI background check.

Procedure of Consular authentication in Chinese Consulate in USA:

Step 1 Have your document notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original certified copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/ State/local Office.

Step 2 The document needs further to be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first. For Federally issued certifications, skip this step, go directly to Step 3.

Step 3 If one of the Chinese Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction (click to check ourservice area map) over you state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization; if not, please get your document authenticated by the U. S. State Department before the Chinese Embassy can finally legalize it. (Please note that your legalization application may be rejected by the Embassy/Consulate General that does not hold consular jurisdiction over the state where your document is executed.)

Official service guide is as below:


Finally, you will get the blue sticker on your FBI background check notarization from Chinese Embassy in USA like this:




Our advantages:

We provide one-stop service to get FBI background check, Chinese consulate authentication, and Chinese translation together.


1. Easy to handle frustrating fingerprints collecting.

We have technician to handle fingerprints collecting.

We don’t need all10 fingers’ clear fingerprints on one standard fingerprint form (FD-258).

Better to find a technician if you are in Shenzhen because the only institute to provide fingerprints collceting is Notary Public. There is no technician who knows standard and requirment for the fingerprint collecting of FBI.


2. Easier and Efficient

You needed fill out so much information online and courier the fingerprint cards to USA to get digital FBI background check if you are out of USA. We have the capability to receive and scan FBI FD-258 manual ink cards  and have your digital FBI background check within hours of submitting fingerprints.

Furthermore, we can get Chinese consulate authenitcation within 7 working days for your FBI background check.


3. Translation Service

Fast translation service is a vailable for your authentication certificate.

Our service will make foreign applicants and HR complete working visa application easily and efficiently in China.

Except of USA, we also provide Chinese Consulate Authentication service in following countries:


We will introduce how to apply Canadian police check and consular authentication in next article! More countries non-criminal records and consular authentication application guidelines are coming soon!


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