U.S. Criminal Records

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Criminal records check (Antecedentes penales)

For an FBI criminal background check, please check the information on their website:  FBI background check.

Please check with your state of residence in the U.S. on how to get a criminal record check from your state.

Getting your fingerprints taken

The FBI requires you to provide your fingerprints to obtain your criminal records check.  Please note U.S. embassies and consulates do not provide this service.  Local police experts can take your fingerprints in Spain and be sent to the FBI in the U.S. together with the application form. You may print the fingerprint card from the FBI website.

If you are in Madrid, you may have your fingerprints taken at:

Policía Científica
Calle Julián Gonzalez Segador s/n, Madrid
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Thursdays only for fingerprinting; telephone 915 828 370.

If you are in Barcelona, you may have your fingerprints taken at:

Policia de la Generalitat – Mossos d’Esquadra
Unitat Territorial de Policia Científica
Taquígraf Garriga, 106, 08029 Barcelona

Open from 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

If you are elsewhere in Spain, please contact the Consular Agency near you in order to learn about the process in that area.

Authentication of your criminal records check (Antecedentes penales)

Your criminal records check needs to be authenticated for use in Spain.  You need to get the Hague Apostille affixed on the document.

For FBI Criminal Background Check – Information on where to obtain the Apostille.

For State/local police background checks – Information on where to obtain the Apostille.