Just recently, the regulations concerning Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Record Checks, Police Records, Police Clearance Checks and Certificates of Good Conduct have changed drastically. All such records destined for use in Kuwait will be rejected if they are issued by any law enforcement agency other than FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations).
Let us begin with some basic facts which affect all applicants submitting their background checks to the Kuwait Consulates in the United States. First of all, you should not have any criminal history record in your background history report, to begin with. Even minor traffic issues may be a cause for rejection of your documents by the Consulate when it comes to attestation. Acceptance of criminal history records with minor violations depends solely on the discretion of the consular official.
Prior to January 2013, the Embassy and Consulates of Kuwait in the US would accept Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Record Checks, Police Records, Police Clearance Checks and Certificates of Good Conduct from local and state agencies like Colorado Bureau of Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, just to name a few. This of course, was only allowed when the documents met all the set requirements of legalization and showed absence of criminal history of the applicant. This was very convenient for the applicants as they could have all their documents processed must quicker, as state and local law enforcement agencies handle fewer request than the FBI and therefore can perform background checks at a much higher pace.
Since January of 2013, all Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Record Checks, Police Records, Police Clearance Checks and Certificates of Good Conduct must be issued by the FBI. In part, such requirement was established due to the fact the Federal Bureau of Investigations is the only national law enforcement agency which provides the background checks which cover all US states, unlike local and state level criminal history reports which cover only a limited jurisdiction of each particular law enforcement agency. The downside is that it will take anywhere between twelve (12) and eighteen (18) weeks to obtain the background check from the FBI.
How to get an FBI Background Check?
Well, you can get it yourself or you may order it through us. We will request the criminal history record check from the Federal Bureau of Investigations on your behalf and have it authenticated by the United States Department of State Authentications Office as well as the Consulate of Kuwait. Of course, since it is a private record, we will need a signed and notarized information release statement from the applicant.
Ordering FBI Criminal Background Checks is simplified using our online application form, which provides us with all the necessary information in order to prepare all the forms on your behalf. So all there is left for you to do is submit your fingerprints, notarize a release statement and mail everything to our office.
TIP: If you will be ordering the criminal history record check yourself from the FBI directly, please make sure that you enclose a cover letter requesting that your record be authenticated. This way they should affix the required signatures of the FBI officials making the document eligible for further legalization by apostille and consular attestation.
Additional information as well as qualified assistance with the Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Record Checks, Police Records, Police Clearance Checks and Certificates of Good Conduct, including FBI Criminal Background Checks is available here.