In order to perform an Ohio criminal background check for employment purposes, the subject must present themselves at a WebCheck enabled facility for fingerprinting. These fingerprints will be compared to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and/or FBI’s criminal records in order to see if the subject has a criminal history. It is also be possible to obtain an Ohio criminal history check by name for a nominal fee (usually around $3) at a local county sheriff’s office. Unless there is sufficient justification, employers are only permitted to inquire about criminal records which have not been expunged or sealed. Furthermore, public sector employers may only ask about an individual’s criminal history after they have made a job offer.

Cost – Prices vary; $24-$40 for a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) or FBI check, $50-$75 for both. For background checks by name, only a nominal fee is charged. Payment methods differ from one facility to another, so inquire ahead of time.

Laws – HR-29

Step 1 – Navigate to the Ohio Attorney General’s Webpage

Navigate to the Ohio Attorney General’s webpage by clicking here.

Step 2 – Search by County or Zip Code

Either select the appropriate county from the drop down menu or enter a Zip code into the indicated space before clicking Search to view a list of WebCheck enabled facilities in your area.

Step 3 – View Results

After performing a search, you will be given a list of nearby places that provide WebCheck fingerprinting services. Either call the given number or attempt to visit the website of the facility closest to you to obtain information and/or make an appointment.

Step 4 – Visit WebCheck Provider

Once you have set up an appointment, you will need to present yourself at the given time with an approved payment and the requisite identification. Results will be mailed to the employer and the employee has the right to see their record.