Each candidate for the CSFA certification
must complete an FBI criminal background check.
If you have a felony on your record, you cannot take
the CSFA test. The majority of misdemeanor offenses
will also disqualify you. Understand that the CSFA
certification is not only proof that you are a competent
forensic examiner, but that you also have high moral
and ethical values. If you submit an application and
have a misdemeanor on your record, the decision as
to whether or not you will be allowed to take the
CSFA test lies with the certification team members.
This decision is final and cannot be appealed.
Misdemeanor offenses that will disqualify
you from taking the CSFA test include but are not
Property Crimes - Offenses
involving taking or damaging the property of another
person without their knowledge or consent.
Serious Traffic Violations
- Offenses involving serious misconduct while driving
a motor vehicle, such as DUI/DWI.
Sex Crimes - Offenses
involving illegal sexual conduct. Examples include
pandering (soliciting a prostitute), indecent exposure,
and sexual battery (uninvited sexual advances).
Drug Crimes - Offenses
involving the possession, sale, distribution, or sale
of illegal drugs.
Violent Crimes, including
Domestic Violence Crimes - Offenses involving
an act of violence against another person. The violence
can be verbal or mental, and can include making terrorist
threats or stalking, for example.
Crimes Against Public Order
or Public Administration - Offenses involving
some kind of action against a public official, a government
institution, or a breach of the public peace. Examples
include disorderly conduct, public intoxication, failing
to appear in court, unlawful assembly, and giving
a false name or driver's license to a police officer.
Obtaining Your FBI
Criminal Background Check - A.K.A. FBI Identification
1. First, obtain a copy of your fingerprints. Most
local law enforcement agencies, county sheriff's departments,
some city and county police departments or any state
police post may be able to take your fingerprints.
Call first to check. Some law enforcement agencies
will charge a fee for fingerprinting services. The
cost may vary. Also ask if they can supply two FD-258
FBI Fingerprint Cards for your fingerprints. You may
be told to obtain the cards from the agency requesting
the check. Understand that YOU
are requesting the check for personal review, and
that CyberSecurity Institute is not requesting the
If you are having difficulty obtaining the fingerprint
cards, you can send a self addressed, stamped, 8.5
x 11 envelope to CyberSecurity Institute and we will
provide two of the cards to you for free. The envelope
should have at least .74 cents worth of postage affixed
to it. You will also need to provide proof that you
are enrolled in a course of study related to digital
forensics, or are a digital forensics practitioner.
We do not send out the cards for immigration purposes,
or for any other purpose not associated with the background
check required for the CSFA test. Requests that do
not have the required postage, envelope, or documentation
will not receive a response.
You can send the request for two FD-258 FBI Fingerprint
19030 Lenton PL. SE #162
Monroe, WA. 98272-1353
For information on how to fill out the fingerprint
cards, as well as the Federal Code authorizing you
to obtain your FBI record (also known as your FBI
Identification Record) please see the following URL:
FD-258 FBI Fingerprint
Card and FBI Identification Record Information
2. Once you have obtained your prints, send the completed
fingerprint card and a short letter advising the FBI
that the report is desired for personal
review. Include a certified check or money
order, payable to the Treasury
of the United States, in the amount of $18
to the address listed below. Any other forms of payment
will be returned unprocessed. If all items are not
included, the request will be returned to you by the
FBI for correction. For an example request letter,
please see the following URL:
Letter Requesting FBI Criminal
Background Check - Example
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
SCU MOD D2
1000 Custer Hollow Rd.
Clarksburg, WV 26306
The process can take up to three months. Be sure
to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to receive
the results before you schedule your CSFA test.
NOTE: CSI will not become involved in any dispute
concerning the results of your criminal background
check. For information on dealing with information
you dispute, please see the following URL:
- Criminal Justice Information Services Division -
FBI Identification Record Request