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What Is An FBI Background Check?


An FBI Background Check is essentially a summary of your criminal history.


Also known as a "Rap Sheet", an FBI Background Check includes a summary of an individual's criminal history. The information in this report is collected by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Although any company may require an FBI Background Check as an employment condition, only you can request a copy of your criminal history from the FBI.


Many people are curious if they can complete an FBI Background Check online. Although the FBI Background Check online process still requires you to be fingerprinted in person, Sound Signings can provide you with FBI Background Check online results via email after you complete the process.

Reasons For An FBI Background Check:

Travel Visas

Some countries may require an FBI Background Check to be completed before they issue visas for travel, work, or studies.


An attorney may request a copy of your FBI Background Check to determine immigration eligibility.


Need to send your fingerprints to the FBI? We send them for you here at Sound Signings.

Personal Review

Make sure your criminal history is accurate. Get an FBI Background Check for your personal records.

Court Related Matters

An FBI Background Check can be requested by the court system to seal, expunge, or remove inaccurate information regarding your criminal history.


Some federal positions or licenses require a complete criminal history report to be submitted.

Admissions For School Acceptance

Many institutions require students to receive FBI Background Checks prior to admission.

Options for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • Email Only

  • Regular Mail

  • Priority Mail

  • FedEx Overnight

Options for Non-U.S. Citizens & Non-Residents

  • Email Only

  • Regular Mail


Sound Signings offers ink card fingerprinting and digital fingerprinting capture services. Each service can be scheduled at your location if needed. We can roll your fingerprints on your card provided or we can provide FD-258 cards for you. It’s best to ask the requesting party which cards they will accept. Please call if you have any questions.

 Ink Fingerprint Capture Options:

Traditional Ink And Roll

Ink Card Fingerprinting is the traditional way of taking fingerprints on fingerprint cards using the "ink and roll" method. 

Electronic Fingerprint Capture

 Our software allows us to digitally capture your fingerprints and print them out on a fingerprint card. You can provide your own card or use one of our cards. This can be used as a no mess solution that also meets the requirements of an ink card.

FD-258 Submission

The FD-258 card is a popular request we get from customers that want to submit their fingerprint record to the FBI. We capture your fingerprints electronically and print them on a card which meets the same ink requirements.

Ink Fingerprinting is Available On These Forms:

  • FD-258 (FBI) Cards

  • FINRA Cards

  • NFA

  • SF-87

  • State Specific Cards

  • Any court related fingerprint forms

  • Any country specific fingerprint forms

Reasons For Ink Fingerprinting:

Federal Purposes

Many federal agencies require ink fingerprints for employment applications or other federal requests.

Out of State Requirements

When applying for a license or background check for a different state other than where you live, ink fingerprints will be required. Different states require different card formats. We provide ink fingerprinting on any form you may need.

Foreign Countries

Most foreign countries requesting your fingerprints will ask you to be fingerprinted on a card or form. Be sure to receive your ink fingerprints on the correct form for your needs.


Sound Signings offers live scan fingerprinting capture services. Our software allows us to digitally capture your fingerprints and print them out on a fingerprint card. You can bring in your own card or use one of our cards that we keep in stock. The advantage of live scan fingerprinting is that it provides a more clear image of your fingerprints and reduces the chance for prints to be denied by any agency or department.

Reasons For Live Scan Fingerprinting:


Digital Fingerprinting

 Sound Signings' live scan software can capture fingerprints digitally and print them out on fingerprint cards.


Live Scan FBI Background Check

Sound Signings is able to transmit electronic fingerprint submissions directly to the FBI through an authorized FBI Channeler.


Fingerprint Archiving 

Our software can capture digital fingerprints and store them in our secure server for the purpose of generating hard copies of fingerprint cards as needed in the future.

FDLE Live Scan

Sound Signings is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement authorized Live Scan vendor and can transmit records electronically directly to the FDLE.

FINRA Fingerprinting 

Our channeling partner is only one of eighteen companies in the United States authorized to digitally capture and submit your Electronic Fingerprint Submissions (EFS) directly to FINRA.

Reasons For Live Scan Background Checks:


  • Adoption, Attorney's, Child Care, Construction

  • Education, Hazmat, Firearm Permits, Transportation

  • Pharmaceutical, DOE,

  • Immigration


Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Some customers need specific FDLE  services such as an FDLE Background Check. FDLE fingerprinting services differ than standard fingerprinting services because they must meet the specific requirements put in place by Florida's Department of Law Enforcement. Sound Signings is an approved FDLE vendor, therefore, we can assist with your FDLE needs whether you need to be fingerprinted or receive an FDLE Background Check.

Who Might Need FDLE Services?  

Department of Health

FDLE fingerprints are used for multiple agencies within the Department of Health.


Employees & Volunteers

Volunteers of certain qualified organizations that provide care to children and the elderly or disabled.


 Out of State Licensure

For independent contractors applying for a license in the state of Florida may need FDLE Background Checks.



Realtors and those looking to sell real estate in the state of Florida are required to receive an FDLE Background Check.


Insurance Brokers

Insurance brokers in the state of Florida may require FDLE Background Checks.

ORI Number for FDLE Services


This 9-digit Originating Agency Identification or ORI Number is a code assigned to specific agencies that tell us why you are getting a background check and lets the FDLE know where to send your results.

The applicant will be given instructions (from the agency) that includes a specific ORI Number. Florida Live Scan Background Checks are typically completed within 3 business days of receiving the electronic submission.


Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Many of our customers need a FINRA Fingerprint Background Check. As a certified vendor, Sound Signings maintains a secure connection where fingerprints can be submitted electronically with results being delivered back to the broker through the FINRA Central Registration Depository or CRD.


By using Electronic Fingerprint submissions, we take advantage of faster processing times, higher quality fingerprints, reduced rejection rates, and lower FINRA fingerprint processing fees assessed to firms.

We provide electronic fingerprint submission directly to FINRA. This allows for much quicker results than the traditional mailing method. The results are generally back in 3 to 5 business days after your FINRA Fingerprint Background Check. 

What is a FINRA CRD Number?


The Central Registration Depository (CRD) is a database of information the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) maintains of all entities, brokers, and brokerage firms in the U.S. securities industry. 

What Do I Need For FINRA Services?

  1. Firm CRD Number

  2. Firm Name

  3. Firm's Full Address


Note : Some firms ask individuals to be printed on cards for a reason. They keep the cards until they are ready to send them to FINRA on your behalf. Please make sure to check with your firm if transmitting electronically is acceptable.


Who Needs an Apostille? 

If you plan on traveling to a foreign country to either live, work, or attend school, you may be asked to obtain an FBI Criminal History Summary Report, also known as an FBI Background Check or Departmental Order.

Many countries will request FBI Background Checks to be Apostilled. Sound Signings offers an FBI Background Check Apostille Service via our channeling partner. Having your FBI Background Check Apostilled ensures its legitimacy to another nation that abides by the Hague Convention of 1961.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of Apostille?

Apostille is French for "certification".

What information do I need to have my fingerprints done?

A valid state or federally issued form of identification is needed

so we can prove your identity. (See Notarization Preparation). 

How do I get an FBI Apostille?

To get an FBI Apostille, you must make an appointment for an

FBI Background Check and have it submitted for an Apostille

via an FBI approved Channeler.

What is an FBI approved Channeler?

An FBI approved Channeler is a person or organization who is

authorized to send a background check to the FBI to be



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  • Perfect for students, employees, and travelers applying for a passport book and/or ID card.

NOTE: Sound Signings, LLC is not an acceptance facility for passport applications. We do not issue passports or other travel documents. Please visit for more information.

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