How Long Does an FBI Background Check Take?

The length of an FBI background check can vary, but if the FBI database has no record of the individual, the check is typically completed within 72 hours. It is not possible to pay an additional fee to expedite a background check, though organizations may freely request an expedited check.

If the name is triggered as potentially having an FBI record, information must be digitally and manually collated and reviewed before the background check can be complete. Certain files may be located in local offices, while others are in remote field offices, which is why the time needed for background checks varies from case to case.