FBI Channeler in San Diego

FBI Channeler Services – Expedited FBI criminal background reports. Get your FBI Identity History Summary Check  (IdHSC) in less than 24 hours. Ideal for travel – foreign visas, teaching abroad, studying overseas or if you need to check your criminal background report.

FBI Channeler – Expedited Criminal Background Reports

FBI Channeler - Identity History Summary Checks


FBI – Identity History Summary Report

FBI Channeler services expedite FBI Clearance Letters. Receive your Identity History Summary Check (IdHS) in less than 24 hours. Alive Scan is now authorized to submit fingerprints electronically via Accurate Biometric’s FBI Channeling Service. The Identity History Reports (PDF Version) are often completed within an hour. The FBI Channeling service is ideal for people traveling (study over-seas,  teach abroad, work visas or to live overseas).


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FBI Channeling in San Diego

Alive Scan is proud to be one of the first FBI Channeler Providers in San Diego. Applicants can now perform an FBI Criminal Background Check on themselves and receive the report within 24 hours. This expedited service reduces the time it takes to receive the FBI “Identity History Summary Check” by months in some cases.


Common Reasons for an FBI Departmental Order

  • Visa & Travel Requirements – Study abroad, teach overseas or work in a foreign country for an extended period.
  • To satisfy a requirement to travel, now required by several countries.
  • To review for a criminal record for accuracy, or to request a correction or update.
  • To challenge information on their record or other court related matters.
  • To satisfy certain legal requirements such as a requirement for adopting a child.


Much Does the FBI Channeler Service Cost?

  • Departmental Order (Web Portal) = $84 (PDF report  ready within 24 hours)
  • Departmental Order (US Mail & Web Portal) = $94
  • Departmental Order (UPS 2nd Day & Web Portal) = $134
  • Note: Mailed FBI Criminal History Reports are printed on tamper-proof paper (often required when Apostles/Apostilles are necessary).

Note: Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident to expedite the FBI Reports through an FBI Channeler. If you’re not a US Citizen or Resident, we can still provide the service for you using the old school “Ink Fingerprinting” method.

FBI Criminal Background Checks (Identity History Summary Checks)

An FBI Identity History Summary Report is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions kept by the FBI and related to arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. The FBI Identity History Summary Check is often referred by a variety of names, below are some other common terms:

  • Electronic Departmental Orders (eDO)
  • Identity History Summary Check (IdHSC)
  • Record Review or Personal Review
  • Rap Sheet
  • FBI Clearance, Security Clearance Report or Clearance Letter
  • Police Clearance, Police Report
  • International Clearance Letter (For travel outside of the US)
  • FBI Criminal Background Report


Who uses an FBI Channeler

An FBI Channeler is used to expedite the process of receiving an Identity History Summary Report. If an applicant goes direct to the FBI for the same Identity History Summary Request, it could take between 12-16 weeks according to the FBI website. Channelers can only process Departmental Orders for US Citizens and Permanent Residents. Non-US Citizens without permanent residence status must make the Departmental Order request directly to the FBI by submitting the application and fingerprint card. Expedited FBI reports are mailed to U.S. addresses only (no PO Boxes or international addresses). You would typically make this request for personal review, to challenge information on record, or to meet a requirement to live, work, or travel in a foreign county.


Traveling? (Student Visa, Work Visa, Study/Teach Abroad…)

By using our FBI Channeling Service, we are able to expedite your FBI criminal history report which is often required as part of the Visa process. If you plan to live, work, study or travel outside of the United States, you may be required to submit an Identity History Request or “Clearance Letter”. In many cases, this report will need an apostle or authentication by the state department. The state department will require this FBI report to be printed on ‘Tamper-Proof’ Paper. So if your traveling outside the US to teach abroad or study over-seas, we recommend selecting the “mailed” option, since it’s printed on tamper-proof paper. Please contact us for more information. In a Hurry? We also offer two day shipping for the mailed FBI Report on tamper-proof paper.


Is FBI Channeling the Same as Live Scan?

Live Scan is the term used for digital fingerprinting, typically at the state level. For example, for an RN License in California, employment in California or even a California State Level Record Review. FBI Channeling allows the applicant to receive their criminal background report (Identity History Summary Check) at the national level. Alive Scan is a certified FBI Channeler for Accurate Biometrics.



Need an Apostille?

An “apostille” ofter referred to as “apostle” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. Countries often require an apostille or apostle to authenticate the FBI background report. Fortunately, when your FBI clearance arrives in the mail, it contains instructions for obtaining the apostille.


What does an FBI Identity History Summary Report Show

If the fingerprint submissions are related to an arrest, the Identity History Summary includes the name of the agency that submitted the fingerprints to the FBI, the date of the arrest, the arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, if known. All arrest information included in an Identity History Summary is obtained from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other information submitted by authorized criminal justice agencies. The report is often used as proof that a criminal history does not exist.