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FBI background check – Identity History Summary Checks (Rap Sheets)




For a fee, the FBI can provide you with your Identity History Summary Check, known as a rap sheet.

Please visit the FBI’s website for detailed information on obtaining an FBI background check: https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks.

More information on fingerprinting services.

You should confirm if the French requesting agency requires the results of the background check to be translated to French and/or affix the Apostille on the document for authentication purposes.

  • Authentication: The FBI seal is no longer a raised seal. Documents authenticated by the FBI may then be sent to the U.S. Department of State by the requestor to obtain an apostille if necessary. Requests to authenticate previously processed results will not be accepted.
  • Translation: Please visit the website of the French courts by district in order to obtain a list of certified translators (traducteurs assermentés). Individual lists are also available at French city halls.

More information on Criminal Record Checks is available on the State Department’s website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/criminal-record-checks.html


The U.S. Embassy is not authorized to respond to private requests to collect fingerprints from U.S. citizens for law enforcement or other purposes.  Although local police stations may be able to assist you with your fingerprinting needs, we have been told that many do not provide this service.  Since it is becoming more and more difficult for U.S. citizens to obtain fingerprints overseas, U.S. citizens considering moving to France are advised to obtain prints in the United States before departing, or while returning for visits.

Getting your fingerprints taken: U.S. embassies and consulates do not provide this service. Please see: Fingerprint Identification:  An Overview .

There are several independent operators in Paris.  We are aware of one with NFCC certified fingerprint collectors on staff:  FingerPrintsParis.  The company’s inclusion on the U.S. Embassy website does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation.  We encourage U.S. citizens to conduct their own research and contact the fingerprint companies to confirm that their collection methods will be acceptable for their needs.