For the interest of those obtaining visas
Courtesy of Price Peterson
Identification Record Request / Criminal Background Check 02/09/2013
Panama is now requiring a Federal FBI Identification Record (Criminal Background Check/criminal history record/rap sheet) not just one from the state in which you last resided for purposes of obtaining residency.
This is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. If you have been arrested in other countries, those arrests may also show up if your fingerprints were taken.
Only you can request a Copy of an FBI Record or Proof That an FBI Record Does Not Exist for yourself.
To Request a Copy of Your Record – Submit your request directly to the FBI.
To use the Record in Panama, it must be certified by the FBI (by request) at the time of the request for the Record, and then sent to the US State Department to be Apostilled, or notarized for use as a legal document overseas. The FBI will return the document directly to you.
You will then need to forward the Record to the U.S. Department of State Authentications Office which can then place an Apostille on the document for use in Panama and return it to you.
If the FBI finds no record, you will receive a “no record” response. If you do have a criminal history record on file, you will receive your Identification Record or “rap sheet.”
For More Information – See the responses to some frequently asked questions.
Submitting an Identification Record Request to the FBI
Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form
· If the request is for a couple, family, etc., all persons must sign the form.
· Include your complete mailing address. Please provide your telephone number and/or e-mail address, if available.
Step 2: Obtain a set of your fingerprints.
· If you already have a fingerprint card, it must not be older than 18 months to be accepted by the FBI
For new cards, provide the original fingerprint card. Previously processed cards or copies will not be accepted.
Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes.
Include rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions that include both thumbs).
If possible, have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician. This service may be available at a law enforcement agency. Taking of fingerprints in Panama is provided by the DIJ (Dirección de Investigación Judicial), located in Ancon, in front of the “Mercado de Abastos”, telephone: 512-2222.
You will then have to take the fingerprint card to the Ministry of Foreign Relations to authenticate or Apostille the document before sending it to FBI Headquarters so that they will accept it as your fingerprints.
The Ministry authenticates the signatures of all the ministries and official offices in Panama except the Ministry of Government and Justice (Including the Public Ministry – Attorney General, Fiscales, etc.) and the signatures of official public translators. They may be reached at 511-4045 or 511-4046 or at fax 511-4061. The fee for the authentication is $2.00, and the hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are located in the Sun Tower Plaza, Ave. Ricardo J. Alfaro, on the First Floor