I need a FBI Background Check (also known as a “rap sheet” or a criminal record history) for my next job.
Normally you go to a police station in the USA with the fingerprint card (FD-258). Fill out the rest of the paperwork and then send it in.
I’m in Korea and my next job will also happens to be in Korea, but I’m sure they will work for any job that requires a thorough background check.
You want to go to your local large police station. I live in Bokjeong which is a neighborhood with its own police station, but they referred me the to citizen center, which referred me to the district police station in Sujeong(성남수정경찰서). I was referred from the information desk to the Criminal Scene Investigation Unit (과학수서대) which happen to be on the second floor of this police station.
The detectives may or may not know what you are talking about so it would be helpful to either have a note written in Korean or a Korean friend to come along.
Korean note you can print off:
지문 날인을 하러 왔는데 과학수사대에 어떻게 찾아가나요?
도와 주셔서 감사 해요.
This note says “Hello, Where can I get fingerprints? Thank you for helping me.”
지문 날인을 필요합니다.
지문 날인을 해주세요?
도와 주셔서 감사 해요.
This note says “Hello, I need fingerprints. Can you fingerprint me? Thank you.”
Take your passport, Alien Registration Card (ARC), and two fingerprint cards just in case there are any mistakes. There’s a place for the police officer to sign and fill out his information.
It took about 20 minutes to get two sets. They didn’t charge me anything, but I wanted to show my gratitude so I went to the local store and brought them a drink set and some snacks.
Now I need to fill out the rest of my paperwork and I will send it to the USA. I’ll keep this post updated as I finish the process.
Note: After a quick Google search there are several other people who have had their fingerprints in Korea: https://www.google.co.kr/search?q=fingerprints+in+Korea