What You Need to Know About Background Checks


Which category do you fit into?

Every new hire – whether licensed/certified, or not -  must have a background check that is not more than one year old.

Initial License through the ODE (Ohio Department of Education)= BCI and FBI not more than one year old

Renewals through ODE  = FBI only every 5 years if individual resided in Ohio for the entire time / BCI and FBI if individual lived out of Ohio for any length of time during the past five years

Maintaining Permanent and Non-tax through ODE =  FBI every 5 years if individual resided in Ohio for the entire time / BCI and FBI if individual lived out of Ohio for any length of time during the past five years

Substitutes = BCI and FBI not more than 1 year old at the time of application. FBI every 5 years if individual resided in Ohio for the entire time.  BCI and FBI if the individual lived out of Ohio for any length of time during the five year period.


Where should the report be sent?              

Licensed positions --> send to ODE

Non-licensed positions --> send to OCS (Office of Catholic Schools)


What if I’m moving from a job within Ohio where I’ve already been fingerprinted ?

Neither ODE nor the OCS will accept hard copies of a background check from an individual.   Those who have completed a BCI check within the last 12 months may submit a Request to Release Form rather than being fingerprinted again. Submission of the form requires an $8 cashier’s check or money order payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio”.  Note: This does not apply to FBI, nor does it apply to background checks that were completed in another state.


How can I contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)?

The phone number for BCI is 740-845-2000 and the address is PO Box 365, London, Ohio 43140. 


Where can I go to be fingerprinted?

Your local Educational Services Center is the most economical site for fingerprinting.  The cost for a BCI check alone is $27 and the cost for the FBI check alone is $24.  The charge is $51 to have both done.  Although checks are not accepted, the ESC does take Visa and Master Card debit and credit cards as well as cash. 

You might find Fast Fingerprints more convenient, however their pricing is higher.  The cost for a BCI check alone is $40 and the cost for the FBI check alone is $50.  The charge is $70 to have both done.
                                                                                                               


 

 
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