California Department of Justice (DOJ) Apostille

Recently we’ve received a number of inquiries about obtaining an Apostille on a California Department of Justice background check letter signed by Cindy Santos.  It’s important to note that this document does NOT qualify for a California Apostille because the signature is not an actual ink signature.


Example of this letter…

In order to receive an Apostille, you need to request a letter from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) signed by a Criminal Identification Specialist – Anthony Molina.  It’s important to mention that you are obtaining an Apostille when you contact the California Department of Justice for the authentication letter.

Criminal Background Check Apostille California

Do you need an Apostille for a Criminal Background Check?

We provide fast same-day Apostille service for your criminal background check issued by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), a local Police Department in California, or a local Sheriff’s Department in California.  We can also help you if you need an Apostille on a FBI criminal background check.

The first step is to find out which agency you’ll need the Criminal Background check from (Police, Sheriff, California Department of Justice,  or FBI).  If you don’t know, you should contact the country you plan to send your documents too for direction.  The country requesting your documents will give you clear direction on the agency you should use.  Because we have offices in California and Washington, D.C., your document must originate from any Police or Sheriff’s Department in California or the FBI.

The local Police or Sheriff’s Department will only do a “Name Search” background check and your fingerprints will not be taken.  You do not even need to be present for this document to be prepared.  Another words, you can order a background check from anywhere in the world.  Once your document is ready, you’ll need to schedule a traveling notary to the location to notarize the Records Technician or Records Administrator’s signature on the document.  Either you or the notary can then forward the document to our office in Los Angeles.

To order a Criminal background check from the California Department of Justice (DOJ), your fingerprints will need to be taken and submitted either electronically or by regular mail.  You’ll also need to request a letter signed by a Criminal Analyst (Anthony Molina) on behalf of the Attorney General (Kamala Harris).  Note: Depending on when you read this article, the names may havechanged.  If you mention that your results need an Apostille, the California DOJ will know exactly what document to send to you.  You’ll need to send us this document so we can help obtain the Apostille for you.

If you need to order an Apostille on a FBI criminal background check, you’ll need to submit your fingerprints either electronically or by regular mail to the FBI.  You’ll need to request a letter signed by a Section Chief (Kimberly J. Del Grecco) who works at the Biometric Services Section at the Criminal Justice Information Services Devision (CJIS).  Note: Depending on when you read this article, the name may have changed.  If you mention that you need an Apostille on the Criminal background check authenticated, the FBI will know exactly what document to send to you.  In some instances, the company you use to order your FBI criminal background check may also be able to request this letter on your behalf.  Some companies can also obtain this document for you within a few days.  Call around for companies who can provide fast FBI background checks within a few days.

We can only assist you once you have obtained an Apostille on the notarized (Police/Sheriff) or authenticated letter (California DOJ/FBI).  We cannot assist you on obtaining a background check or submitting your fingerprints.  You can visit a local Livescan office to take your fingerprints electronically.  These companies are also set up to take your fingerprints for the FBI.