What you need to do next is to request authentication service of the document from the U.S. Department of State Office, in Washington D.C. This is the only place where you can send it to get the FBI CRC apostille.
Step 1: Print off the DS-4194 form. Complete the form and decide whether you would like to go to the office yourself, or mail it in. Only a lucky few who live in Washington D.C. have the option to make an appointment. For the rest of us, we must mail it in.
You must write a CHECK.
NO CASH. Cash is only acceptable when using the pick-up service.
NO CREDIT CARDS. Credit cards are only acceptable for walk-in service.
The authentication fee for a FBI CRC Apostille is US$8 and checks are made payable to the
U.S. Department of State
- Completed DS-4194 form.
- Check for US$8 per authentication requested
- The FBI CRC that you want authenticated
- A self-address envelope for return of documents.
Phone: (202) 663-1848 Office Hours : Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm EST
These steps are rather painless and quick compared to the FBI CRC. Processing time is only three days. So depending on where you live, I would make an educated guess that it will take 10 days or less.
As I mentioned above, the most popular method of authentication is mailing it in, but if you live in the Washington D.C. area and plan on going to the office yourself, you can find instructions here at the U.S. Department of State’s website.