Criminal Background Check Procedures

All foreign citizens who wish to teach English in Korea must obtain and submit one original national criminal background check authenticated with an apostille (or, in the case of Canada, certified by the Korean consulate).

Below are the instructions and information on how to obtain a criminal background check for citizens of the US, Canada, and other E2 visa countries. If you need further assistance, please contact your Aclipse recruiter.



US citizens have two options when applying for an FBI background check, (1) applying directly through the FBI or (2) using FBI channeler services. We highly recommend using an FBI approved channelerWhile the cost can be higher going through a channeler, processing time for Option 1 can be as high as 14 weeks, causing difficulties with departure timing.

When choosing a channeler, please make sure that their CBCs have not had issues being apostilled by the US State Department. Some CBCs have been rejected by the US State Department for apostilling, which means they cannot be submitted to Korean immigration or the MOE. The channelers we have featured below have confirmed with Aclipse that their CBCs are currently being apostilled without issue.  We recommend using the first channeler, National Background Check, as they can email you an electronic copy of your CBC, which will decrease the amount of time for you to receive it. If you select this option however, you can only access your CBC for 24 hours upon receiving the email.  It is for this reason we encourage you to print out a copy, along with saving it on your computer, as soon as you receive it. 

Please inform your Aclipse recruiter once you have submitted the CBC request. It is ideal if you can find out from the channeler when your CBC will be issued. This is so that we can predict when your CBC will be ready for visa processing and teaching start dates. Once Aclipse receives the CBC, we will send it to a service in Washington DC to get an expedited apostille. The cost for the service is $55.00. Payment can be made on the Aclipse website if you wish to use our services. If you do not wish to use this service, you will then need to mail your CBC to the US Department of State to have them apostilled. Please see the Apostille Instructions document for more information and contact your Aclipse recruiter with any concerns about timing as the State Department can take much longer.
Channelers (Please note that Aclipse is not able to confirm procedures for particular channelers.)

National Background Check, Inc. www.nationalbackgroundcheck.com (877) 932-2435
National Credit Reporting www.myFBIreport.com (800) 441-1661


Please visit http://www.aclipse.net/documents/korean-consulates-teach-english-in-korea to find the list of Korean Consulates and their locations to ensure your visa documents meet the requirements for the visa application.  Please make sure you refer to the consulate website that services your jurisdiction. 

To obtain your criminal check please visit http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/steps-getting-a-certified-criminal-record-check for full instructions. Please note that only fingerprint RCMP checks will be accepted by Korean immigration. Once your check has been issued it’ll need to be certified by a Korean consulate.  Make sure your CBC has both your fingerprints and photo on it. Please review the instructions for certifying the documents at the link above.


Citizens of Britain and Wales have to apply for a DBS https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record  The check also takes 14 days and cost around 25 pounds. 
It is on their website at the link above, but to apply you will need the following:
  • all your addresses for the last 5 years and the dates you lived there
  • your National Insurance number
  • a debit or credit card
  • proof of your identity, for example a passport, valid driving licence or birth certificate (if you haven’t used GOV.UKVerify before)


Citizens from Scotland must submit an apostilled copy of a Basic Disclosure. This copy must have been issued within the last 6 months. The process takes at least 14 days so please apply for it ASAP!

Step 1: You can apply online, if your current address is in the UK and if you have been living at this address for at least twelve months.

– Apply Online: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/apply-online/ – If you do not satisfy the above criteria, you will have to apply using a paper application form. The fee for a Basic Disclosure is £23. You will need to pay using a credit or debit card. All major cards are accepted. This will appear as BT Disclosure Scotland on your account statement. Please have your card details handy before you proceed. You will need the following information/documents on hand to fill out the online application:
  • Passport*
  • Driving Licence*
  • National Insurance Number*
  • Electricity Bill
  • Previous Disclosure
  • Address details covering at least the last five years
  • Employer’s address if your Disclosure is to be sent there
  • Credit or debit card
You must be able to provide at least one of the following: Passport Number, Driving Licence Number or National Insurance Number.  

Step 2: Please send COPIES of the following:
  • A utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity or telephone) or another document issued by a government dept. or your local authority which confirms your current address, and
  • Either your passport, driving licence or birth certificate which confirms date of birth details.
You can email, fax or post the COPIES of these documents to Disclosure Scotland, see contact details below. Please do NOT post the original documents. When sending your supporting documents please ensure that you quote the 16-digit reference provided at the end of the online application process. Disclosure Scotland is unable to process your application until these supporting documents are received. Send the copies via:
  • Email – info@disclosurescotland.co.uk
  • Fax – 0870 609 6996
  • Post – Disclosure Scotland, Basic EHU, PO Box 250, Glasgow, G51 1YU
If you want to check on the status of your application, you can contact:
  • By phone – on 0870 609 6006
  • By email – to info@disclosurescotland.co.uk


Irish citizens can apply for a criminal background check by clicking the link below:

Link: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_abroad/leaving_ireland/police_certificate.html


New Zealand citizens can apply for a criminal background check by clicking the link below:

Link: https://www.justice.govt.nz/criminal-records/get-your-own/


South African citizens can apply for a criminal background check by clicking the link below:

Link: https://www.saps.gov.za/services/applying_clearence_certificate.php


Australian citizens can apply for a criminal background check by clicking the link below:

Link: https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks