BCI/FBI Background Check - Human Resources at Ohio State

Background Check Services

BCI/FBI Background Check

The Fingerprint Background Check office will be closed on Thursday, August 8. Please contact the office at (614) 292-3595 for questions.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprinting background check services are conducted at the Ohio State Office of Human Resources (OHR), 1590 N. High Street, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43201.

Fingerprinting services are available for university employment purposes, when applicable, and participants in university programs that require a BCI/FBI background check, including but not limited to Education, Nursing, Speech and Hearing, Psychology, Social Work, Work Study, Child Care and activities/programs with minor participants.

For individuals seeking fingerprinting services that are not considered university business, please visit the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

Completion of the Fingerprint/WebCheck Consent form is required before the office can conduct your background check. You may complete the form prior to your arrival and bring it with you, or fill one out at the office.

Fingerprinting services are available Tuesday through Friday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Fingerprinting services are not available on Mondays. Standard electronic-based fingerprinting is provided on a walk-in basis only and does not require an appointment. However, ink fingerprinting services are available by appointment only.

  • BCI (Ohio): $37.70
  • FBI (National): $39.70
  • BCI & FBI Combined: $61.70
  • Ink fingerprinting: $10 per card (appointment required)

OHR accepts all major credit/debit card, BuckID, money order, eRequest (university offices) and personal checks. Personal checks must be in your name, otherwise the owner of the personal check will need to be present with a photo ID to authorize the transaction. The office does not accept cash.

BCI/FBI results can be obtained as early as 1-3 business days, but in some cases will take up to 30-60 days to receive results. The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation does not expedite any background checks.

Copies of results can only be picked up in person during fingerprinting hours with a government issued photo ID and are available within one year of the transaction date. Copies cannot be sent electronically and can only be released to the individual who was fingerprinted. We are unable able to disseminate copies to any third party.

What type of background check do I need to complete for my academic program?
You are required to bring in any specific information your program has provided to you, whether it was an email notification or a printed handout with details. The background check office can provide guidance, when applicable, but you are responsible for knowing what is required for your academic program.

If you’re a student under the College of Education and Human Ecology, you may visit the Office of Education Preparation.


Is a Social Security Number (SSN) required in order to conduct the background check?
Yes, a SSN is required in order to submit your information to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for a background check. International participates who do not have a SSN must provide a passport with a current visa.


What type of identification is required for a background check?
A government issued photo ID is required. BuckID is not government issued and cannot be accepted as a form of identification.


Does the Office of Human Resources also conduct background checks for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center?
OHR does not conduct medical center background checks. Individuals obtaining a background check for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center should contact Medical Center Security, ID Processing at (614) 293-4452 or ID.Processing@osumc.edu.


Can the office conduct ink fingerprinting on a card that was provided to me by another entity?
Yes, the office can conduct ink fingerprinting on a card that was given to you. If you do not have a card, the office can provided the service on a standard FBI FD-258 card.


Can I obtain a fingerprint background check if I am under the age of 18?
Your parent or guardian is required to complete the WebCheck waiver before you can complete your background check.