A police check, also known as criminal records check or certificate of good conduct, is a document that verifies a citizen's good conduct and proves that you are free of any criminal charges. Being a United States citizen, you may be asked to present this certificate for a number of reasons. For example, if you’re looking for a new job, your employer might ask you for a police check to make sure you’ve never been involved in any criminal activities. A police check also is required if you’re sending an application for adoption.
Call the local police department and ask them the requirements for obtaining a police check. When on the phone, ask them if you have to come down there in person or if you can process the application online.
Follow the police’s requirements when filling out the request form. You will most likely need to give them a proof of identity (your passport or driver’s license).
Contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation if you want to get a federal check, in addition to the local police check (see References). You will need to fill a particular form that can be obtained from the FBI office. You will need to have your fingerprints on the form and send it along with a money order or cashier’s check (for $18, as of 2010) to the FBI office.
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