Obtaining a Police Record from the U.S.

Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo does not provide or take fingerprints for the purpose of conducting criminal record searches. These are conducted centrally by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the United States.

To obtain FBI criminal records for Uruguayan legal residency purposes only, the requestor must contact the Office of INTERPOL in Montevideo and make an appointment to have manual fingerprints taken. It is important to bear in mind that INTERPOL only take fingerprints for aliens applying for uruguayan residency.

Address: Maldonado 1109
Phone: 2030 4635

In certain circumstances, our embassy can take those fingerprints but exclusively when the request comes from a U.S. federal government entity (not at the request of state entities). Unfortunately, there are no offices in Uruguay able to take those fingerprints when required by other entities.

Please visit the official FBI website for more information.