How do I get my federal (FBI) RAP sheet?
If you have ever been arrested or had a conviction in another state, or for a federal offense, you will want to get a copy of your FBI (federal) RAP sheet (also called your “Identity History Summary.”
REMINDER: Why is it important to get a copy of my background check?
- To correct any errors, such as incomplete or incorrect information;To find out what other people are likely to see about you (employers, private landlords, government agencies, etc.);To be better prepared to answer questions about your criminal history (on job and housing applications, in job interviews, etc.); ANDTo protect your rights and maximize your chances of success!
There are two ways to get a copy of your FBI RAP sheet:
- You can request your RAP sheet directly from the FBI; OR
- You can use a special private company, called a “Channeler,” that has contracted with the FBI to perform this service.
NOTE: It is generally faster to go through an FBI Channeler, but it is likely to be more expensive because these companies usually charge extra fees.
Whether you request your RAP sheet directly from the FBI or go through a channeler, you will need to fill out the FBI’s “Applicant Information Form” and get fingerprinted by a Live Scan service provider. For a step-by-step explanation of how to get your FBI RAP sheet, see APPENDIX D, on PG. 996.
For more information about getting your RAP directly from the FBI, visit the FBI’s website at: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks/faqs
For more information about getting your FBI RAP sheet through an FBI-approved channeler, see http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks/fbi-approved-channelers