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Background Check Information

Last Updated: 1/13/2020 9:10 PM

The Office of Human Resources, located at The Board of Education Office, 700 South Raccoon Road, can complete background checks for all employees. 


This is a self-pay service provided for convenience purposes and as of 1/10/2020, the costs are as follows:

  • Both BCI & FBI = $60.00

  • BCI only = $31.00

  • FBI only = $34.00


Appointments can be made by calling:

  • Stephanie Brown at 330-797-3900 ext. 1520

  • Janet Polish at 330-797-3900 ext. 1514

When making an appointment, please leave a date and time that works best for you and a phone number to reach you. A calendar invite will be sent to verify your appointment or you will be contacted to reschedule.


Below are FAQs from ODE for licensed personnel (teachers, principals, guidance counselors, pupil services, etc) regarding background checks:


Who is required to complete background checks?

All candidates seeking their first Ohio educator license, certificate or permit must submit both Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and FBI criminal background checks. Your background checks must be no older than one year (365 days) at the time the Department issues your initial credential.
Additionally, everyone who holds a credential issued by the Ohio Department of Education must complete FBI background checks every five years. Please note that credential holders are responsible for obtaining required updated background checks within the five-year timeframe prescribed by law, even if the expiration date of a background check does not coincide with the expiration date of the Department-issued credential.


How often after my initial licensure do I need to complete background checks for my Ohio credential?

All Ohio credential holders must submit FBI background checks to the Department every five years. You may also need to submit BCI background checks every five years if any of the following occur:

    • You live outside of Ohio at any time after obtaining the BCI check; and/or

    • You allow your Department-issued credential to expire.


You can use this link to get to other Background Check FAQs.