CA Live Scan Fingerprint Background Check Apostille – Authentication – Legalization


What is a CA DOJ fingerprint background check?

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) “is mandated to maintain the statewide criminal record repository for the State of California,” according to its website. “In this capacity, sheriff, police and probation departments, district attorney offices, and courts submit arrest and corresponding disposition information. The DOJ uses this information to compile records of arrest and prosecution, known as ‘RAP sheets,’ for individuals and disseminates the information for law enforcement and regulatory (employment and licensing) purposes.”

How do I get my CA DOJ Live Scan background check apostilled or authenticated?

This process can be confusing, so if you’d like to talk to us live, please give us a call at +1 (415) 655-9455.

1. Visit a Live Scan site and have your electronic fingerprint read.

They will take your fingerprint and send it electronically to the California DOJ. You will receive your report in the mail.

2. Make sure the background check is signed.

When you receive your report, make sure that a state official has signed it. Sometimes they send the report without a signature, and it can’t be apostilled.

If your background check is not signed, email a copy of the letter to [email protected] and include your name, date of birth, and Automated Transaction Identifier (ATI) number. Ask them to send you a SIGNED background check letter for apostille purposes. They will mail you a new background check.

3. Email us for a price quote.

Pricing varies depending on what country it’s going to, your location, the turnaround time needed, and the shipping destination. For a quick price quote, send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • The name, address, phone number, and email address of the recipient (if you’d like us to ship it to a third party)
  • The destination country
  • A confirmation that you have a signed copy of your background check

We will respond with a price quote ASAP.

If the destination country has signed the Hague Apostille Convention, then we will just need to obtain an apostille from the California Secretary of State. If the destination country has not signed the Hague Convention, we will need to obtain an additional legalization from the destination country’s consulate or embassy (and possibly an apostille from the US State Department).

4. Get the background check to us.

You can send the background check to our office:

SF Notary + Apostille
315 Montgomery Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Please include a check or money order made out to “AMN SF” or call us at +1 (415) 655-9455 to arrange credit-card payment.

5. We’ll take it from there.

We will obtain an apostille from the Secretary of State in Sacramento. For non-Hague countries, we can also obtain legalization from the relevant consulate or embassy (and US State Department, if needed). We’ll let you know what’s required when we send you the price quote.

We will ship the apostilled CA DOJ fingerprint background check to you or directly to a party in the receiving country via FedEx Priority.

That’s the whole process of apostilling an California background check. Questions? Please email [email protected] or call +1 (415) 655-9455.

Disclaimer: Information on this website is for informational purposes only. SF Notary + Apostille is not a law firm, and its agents are not attorneys. Please contact a licensed attorney or your local bar association for counsel on legal matters.

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