Many employers require a criminal background check as part of their employment process. In order to get a Georiga apostille, or Great Seal, you need to first get your fingerprints taken. Find out whether your employer would like you to get digital or ink fingerprints done for the background check. In Atlanta, companies doing ink fingerprinting are difficult to find; however, a good fingerprinting company is Atlanta Notaries (www.atlantanotaries.com) which can get you in and out of their office in 10 minutes with fingerprints on the FBI FD-258 cards (see left).
With the fingerprint cards in hand, you can take your prints to a local police station and have them run a local background check on you. They will research your police record and send them to you. Once you have this document, you may send it in to be authenticated. Another option for getting your criminal record is to have the FBI run a national criminal background check on you. Once you receive this document, again you may send it in for authentication.