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Process of getting FBI criminal Background Check Apostille in India

What is Apostille ?

Apostille is a process of verifying any public document for authenticity, Originality and correctness. According to the Hague convention of 1961 any document which has an apostille will be considered as a legal document in all Hague nations.

Hague Nations are a group of nations that have come together to agree upon many subjects including the legalisation( Apostille ) agreement. 

Apostille on an FBI criminal background check certificate is mandatory for many purposes, an FBI document clarifies that you don’t have any criminal record on your name.If you have ever lived in the US and moving to another country from India or any different location Apostille on FBI is mandatory for visa purposes.

In US there are 2 Kinds of documents when it comes to apostille Attestation purpose 

  1. Documents issued by State Government 
  2. Documents issued by Federal government 

For state issued documents such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, Death certificate belongs to state government hence apostille will be done by Secretary of state of particular country.

FBI criminal background check certificate and many other documents are issued by the federal government or US department of States, ( USDOS ) hence apostille for these kinds of documents are issued by the federal government.

4 Simple steps to get MEA Apostille on your Documents 

  1. Register on Apostille Portal 
  2. Collect all  Documents you want to Apostille 
  3. Submit the Original / Photocopies of documents
  4. Receive Documents with Apostille Directly to your home

Process of getting apostille for FBI Criminal Background check Certificate

Getting apostille on FBI document is fairly easy process 


  1. Register for Apostille 
  2. Submit the original / photocopies of FBI Document 
  3. Submit supporting document  Passport scan copy 
  4. After all the verifications document will be delivered to you directly 


Getting Apostille on FBI document has 2 different process 

  1. Apostille on original FBI criminal background check Certificate 
  2. Apostille on Photocopy of the FBI Background check Certificate 

Apostille on Original FBI Criminal Background check certificate Process

  1. You need to submit original FBI document for this process
  2. Document will be verified by the FBI for correctness 
  3. After FBI verification, the document is submitted to US department of state to get apostille ( Since FBI is federal document )
  4. After all verifications Federal government will apostille the document 

This is the most accepted process of apostille for all the types of submissions, since the original document is getting the apostille, hower federal apostille of FBI  takes somewhere between 1 month to 3 months of time, due this reason many people will get apostille on the photocopy of the FBI Certificate.

Apostille on Photocopy of FBI Criminal Background check certificate Process

Below is the process of getting apostille on photocopy of the FBI Certificate

  1. You need to submit the photocopy of the FBI Certificate
  2. First the photocopy of FBI document will get Notary certificate ( Notary will insist that He has verified the original and this is a true photocopy of the original document )
  3. Since the notary public attestation comes under state government apostille will be done by the particular state which issued the notary 
  4. Apostille will be done by the secretary of state in which notary happened.


This process is also widely accepted but however some institutions insist on getting an apostille on the original. It’s better to check with the institution to whom you are submitting the document.If they are okay with the photocopy apostille of an FBI document then it’s better to go with this process since some state secretary offices will take only 3-5 working days.

Process of getting Embassy Attestation for FBI criminal background check Certificate

If you are travelling to countries outside the Hague Nation list ( countries such as UAE, Qatar ) then after the apostille you need Embassy attestation from the embassy of the particular country you are travelling. This Embassy attestation must be done by the Embassy in the US only.

This is called as full legalisation process.

Process for obtaining full legalisation of FBI Criminal background check certificate for non-Hague countries in India:

As non-Hague countries aren’t part of the Hague Convention, a simple apostille by the state or federal government isn’t sufficient for legalisation. Embassy attestation is necessary to legalise documents for specific countries. For instance, for the UAE, both apostille and UAE Embassy attestation are required.

The steps for obtaining Embassy attestation for US documents are:

  • – Notary Public attestation (required only for photocopy attestation).
  • – State Secretary Apostille (issued by the Secretary of State, for FBI Photocopy Apostille ).
  • – USDOS Authentication or Federal government Authentication.
  • – Embassy attestation (submission to the Embassy of the destination country).

Note: Some embassies accept apostilled photocopies, while others mandate original documents. Enquire with the embassy or contact us for exact requirements.

Federal documents like FBI Criminal Background checks don’t require state apostille (SOS) and proceed directly to USDOS for authentication for original document.

The above steps constitute the full legalization process, typically taking 8-12 weeks to complete. It’s advisable to begin applications early or consult with us to expedite the process.

Navigating the apostille process can be complex, necessitating expert guidance. Feel free to reach out to us or fill out our application form for comprehensive assistance at every stage of the apostille process.

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