At present, the FBI is taking about 12-14 weeks to process fingerprints with paper applications; however, you have the option of submitting your data electronically then mailing your actual fingerprint cards through the post. Using the electronic data submission, the FBI is processing applications within 3-5 business days. You can then download a PDF copy of your report but, when filling out the application online, you should also tick the box asking for a paper copy. Some authorities will only accept the original paper copy.
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