Background Check Apostille – California

You can obtain an criminal history background check from several different agencies here in California.  Most people obtain their background check from the California Department of Justice (DOJ), while others simply go to the local police station.

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) provides an automated service for criminal history background checks that may be required as a condition of employment, licensing, certification, foreign adoptions or VISA/Immigration clearances.

It’s important to request a letter signed by a Criminal Identification Specialist from the California Department of Justice.  The Department of Justice may not automatically send you this letter with your results so it’s important to request one to be included with your results.  Without this written and signed letter by a Criminal Identification Specialist at the DOJ, you will not be eligible for a California Apostille.

You can also obtain your Background Check / Certificate of No Record from the local Police Department or Sheriff’s Office.  A letter will be drafted and you’ll need to send a notary to the station to notarize the signature of the person (Records Technician) who will sign the document.  The notary will attach a document called a California Acknowledgment to the signed page.

Notice: We cannot help you if you decide to get a background check from the FBI.

Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!