Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

FBI Name Check [Federal Background Check]

FBI Name Check – https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/name-checks

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What files are searched in the course of a FBI background check?
  • How many name checks does the FBI do in the course of a year?
  • What sports events will the FBI do name checks for?


Provides a high level overview of how the FBI checks names for criminal and terrorism histories. Also outlines the official circumstances under which a name check may be requested. They process about 3 million name checks a year.


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