How far in advance should I request an FBI federal background check?


How long is it taking to get your federal background check? How far in advance do I request?


These are the answers of some Facebook group members:

‘’Request online and if you get your fingerprints taken electronically (authorized post office), you should get the email with pdf in a day or two after getting fingerprints. If you want it mailed, you’ll get it in 7 to 10 business days. Apostille is what can take a while, up to two months’’

‘’My background checks were emailed to me within 1 hour of getting them done at USPS. The second time, I was emailed the results in 4 minutes’’

“Here you can get Apostille services in the US:


Conclusion, According to Spainguru Facebook group members, the time frame for receiving a federal background check varies based on the chosen method. Opting for online requests with electronic fingerprinting can yield results within a day or two, while mailed results may take 7 to 10 business days.

The inclusion of an apostille can extend the process to two months. Some individuals reported exceptionally quick results, such as within an hour or even four minutes. To ensure timely processing, it is recommended to request the background check well in advance, taking into account any specific requirements or additional steps that may be involved.