We process FBI Electronic Fingerprinting for background Requests for U.S. Citizens only. All others must use FBI FD-(258) Fingerprint Card. A lawful permanent resident is any person not a citizen of the U.S. who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant (also known “Permanent Resident Alien,” “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” and “Green Card Holder”. A. Background Investigation
USCIS conducts an investigation of the applicant upon his or her filing for naturalization. The investigation consists of certain criminal background and security checks.  The background and security checks include collecting fingerprints and requesting a “name check” from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). In addition, USCIS conducts other inter-agency criminal background and security checks on all applicants for naturalization. The background and security checks apply to most applicants and must be conducted and completed before the applicant is scheduled for his or her naturalization interview.
1. Fingerprint Requirement
USCIS must collect fingerprint records as part of the background check process on applicants for naturalization regardless of their age.
In general, applicants receive a biometric service appointment at a local Application Support Center (ASC) for collection of their biometrics (fingerprints, photographs, and signature).
USCIS notifies applicants in writing to appear for fingerprinting after filing the naturalization application. Fingerprints are valid for 15 months from the date of processing by the FBI. An applicant abandons his or her naturalization application if the applicant fails to appear for the fingerprinting appointment without good cause and without notifying USCIS.
Previously, USCIS had waived the fingerprint requirements for applicants 75 years old or older because it was difficult to capture readable fingerprints from this age group. As a result, applicants 75 years old or older were not required to appear at an ASC. Electronic processing of applications and improved technology now allows USCIS to capture fingerprints for applicants of all ages and enhances the ability to confirm identity and perform required background checks.
Florida Electronic Fingerprinting Services (FEFS) provides FBI Identity History Reports directly to consumers for their personal review via secure online login. FEFS submits FBI Identity History Report application with relevant data, collects the associated fee(s), electronically forwards the fingerprint submission with the necessary information for a national Identity History Summary check, and the electronic summary check result for dissemination to the individual. FEFS simply helps expedite the delivery of Identity History Summary information on behalf of the client