ESSC - Criminal Background Checking & Fingerprinting

Who Needs Fingerprints

Field Placement Candidates

Prior to a methods placement, students are required to provide BCI & FBI background checks to the Office of Field Services (JH 187). Since background checks for first licenses are only valid for one year, obtaining a field placement background check too early may result in having to obtain an additional background check when applying for one's license.

First Ohio Licensure

When an individual submits an application for his/her first license, certificate or permit issued by the Ohio Department of Education, a BCI and FBI background check report, completed within 365 days of the date the application is received, must be on file at the Department of Education.

Renewals and Additional Licenses

If you have lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, an FBI background check is required if the report on file with ODE is more than 5 years old at the date the application is received. A BCI background check is required if you do not have one on file with ODE.
If you have NOT lived continuously in Ohio for the past 5 years, both the BCI and FBI background checks are required if the reports on file with ODE are more than 5 years old on the date the application is received.

Fingerprinting Procedure

STEP 1: Cashier's Office (MC 115)

  • Pay $30 for BCI and $30 for FBI fingerprinting. $60 for both. Retain receipt.

STEP 2: Education Advising Office (JH 170, Monday-Thursday, 9:00-Noon and 1:00-4:00)

  • Bring cashier's receipt and driver's license or State of Ohio ID.
  • Complete electronic fingerprinting.
  • Results are available within 2-4 weeks.