Background Check Apostille – Legalization – Authentication

Background Check Apostille and Authentication

A background check report is the compilation of an individual’s criminal record, commercial record, and financial record. It may include an in-depth review of the individual’s passport, driver’s license, school records, and employment history. You may be asked to present an apostilled or authenticated copy of your background check report if you are seeking housing or employment or if you are attempting to adopt in a foreign country.

SF Notary’s team of California-State-commissioned notaries public knows how to navigate the complexities and pitfalls involved in the background check apostille and authentication processes. We ensure that your document is properly legalized and returned to you quickly and securely.

California Department of Justice Background Check

The California Department of Justice offers an automated criminal-record background-check service. Applicant fingerprint must be submitted electronically via Live Scan fingerprinting.

Live Scan Fingerprinting

Live Scan is inkless electronic fingerprinting. It enables electronic transmission of the subject’s fingerprints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for criminal background checks. For a list of locations that provide Live Scan fingerprint services and their hours of operation, click on the following text: Live Scan Fingerprint Locations.

County Record of Arrest and Prosecution – Rap Sheet

A Record of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP sheet) obtained from a county law enforcement agency or police station contains the subject’s criminal history only in the country where it is obtained. To be eligible for apostille or authentication, a mobile notary must meet you at the police station, sheriff’s office, or other government building and witness the person of authority sign your RAP sheet. Call Advanced Mobile Notary at (415) 655-9455 to schedule a mobile notary appointment.

The fees, procedures, and even law enforcement agencies that handle requests for a RAP sheet vary from county to county in California. In San Francisco, RAP sheet requests are handled by the San Francisco Police Department Identification Bureau at the Hall of Justice Building at 850 Bryant Street, Room 435.  Requests in Alameda County are handled by the Sheriff’s Department located at 15001 Foothill Boulevard in San Leandro.

California Background Check Apostille and Authentication Checklist

Follow these steps to enable Advanced Mobile Notary to obtain your background check apostille or authentication.

#1: Verify that your background check is eligible for apostille

Our California-State-registered notary publics will notarize your background check documents for a nominal fee. If your document is already notarized, ensure that it meets the requirements set by the California Secretary of State. Click on the following text for more information: Verify that Your Document Is Properly Notarized.

#2: Determine whether you need an apostille or authentication

To check whether the destination country (the country where the document requires legal standing) has adopted the Hague Convention apostille process, click on the following text: List of Hague Convention Competent Authorities.

If the destination country is a Hague Convention competent authority, your document is eligible for an apostille. If the destination country is not a Hague Convention member, your document will require authentication by the California Secretary of State and consulate authentication. Call us at (415) 655-9455 for a quote.

#3: Contact SF Notary

You can place your apostille order by phone by calling (415) 655-9455.

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