FBI Channeling is an expedited request for a personal FBI background check. FBI Channelers are approved to collect fingerprints and relevant demographic data, collect the associated fees, and electronically forward the information to the FBI CJIS Division for an Identity History Summary check. The FBI Channeler then receives the electronic results from the request and forwards the results to the individual requesting the check.
FBI Channelers can only process requests for U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. There are also several countries that are not yet familiar with the FBI channeling process and therefore will not accept these results. Check with the agency or country you are sending the results to first to make sure they will accept results that are obtained through a channeler.
By sending fingerprints to an FBI Channeler, your request for an FBI background check is expedited. Results are typically received electronically within 24 hours when using an FBI Channeler. Tamperproof copies of the results can be sent Regular Mail, Priority Mail, or FedEx Overnight. When submitting directly to the FBI, requests can take 11-13 weeks to process before receiving results. Results are sent via USPS First Class Mail.
The report you receive will include arrest data retained by the FBI, and in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service records. If the fingerprints are related to an arrest, the results will include the name of the agency that submitted the prints to the FBI, the date of the arrest, the arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, if known to the FBI.
By default, FBI Channeled results are returned electronically via email. You will also have the option of having a tamperproof copy of your results sent via Regular Mail, Priority Mail, or FedEx Overnight.
No. FBI Channelers are not permitted to send results outside of the United States.
FBI Channelers cannot process a request for employment and/or licensing purposes. The results can only sent to the individual requesting the check.
If your fingerprints are rejected, the FBI Channeler offers one free resubmission. If your prints are rejected for a second time you will need to submit another request and pay the channeling fee again. A rejection is considered a result.
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