Background Checks & Fingerprinting Services

Background Checks and Fingerprinting Services

PLEASE NOTE: Facial coverings continue to be required for background check and fingerprinting appointments. These services are currently limited for educational personnel only, regardless of employer, and are available by appointment only. All appointments must be made online and will be scheduled in 15-minute increments. 

Central Office
Hours: Monday | Wednesday | Friday  8:00am-3:30pm (No appointments 12:00-1:00pm)
Schedule an appointment at Central Office (Please be sure to read important updates below prior to scheduling.)
North Office*
Hours: Tuesday | Thursday  8:00am-3:30pm (No appointments 12:00-1:00pm)
7840 Graphics Way
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Schedule an appointment at North Office (Please be sure to read important updates below prior to scheduling.)

*Beginning June 2, 2021, Governor DeWine’s health orders are no longer in effect for schools.  Therefore, Olentangy Schools will not require staff or students to wear masks as of June 2 and the use of face coverings will become optional. The district will continue to provide PPE upon request, routine cleaning will continue to occur, and hand sanitizer will still be available throughout each building. Any non-essential visitors will now be welcome to enter our facilities and our visitor procedures will revert to normal for the summer. This guidance covers summer operations only. 


Our office will be following the latest CDC COVID-19 guidelines to minimize risk to our staff and all visitors. As such, we now will require all outside visitors to follow a new set of processes for the foreseeable future.

  1. Background checks will now require an online appointment. See links to schedule above. You will receive a text message confirmation. Keep this number as you will be required to text it upon your arrival at the ESC.
  2. Prior to your scheduled appointment, complete the background check release form

    The release form contains the authorized reason codes that our office is authorized to process by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. If you need a different reason code, please call our office to verify if we can complete your background check.

  3. Plan to arrive at the office 5 to 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. When you arrive, text your name, appointment time, and state that you have arrived to the phone number you received a confirmation from when you made your appointment.
  4. You must wait for a reply from our office staff before entering the building.
  5. When entering the building, please follow instruction posted on the main entrance doors.
    - Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times when inside.
    - Your temperature will be taken upon entering the building. We have a body temperature installed in the entryway and your temperature must be below 100.4 degrees F to enter.
  6. If you’re unable to come to your appointment or need to reschedule, please log on to our online scheduler and cancel or change your appointment.

Complete your background check release form >>


What is the ESC's Background Check Process?
All employees working in an educational setting in the State of Ohio are required to submit to a periodic background check prior to employment. Background checks for classroom substitutes and educational aide permits must also be submitted electronically to the Ohio Department of Education at the time you are complete your background check for the Ohio Department of Education to process your license.  

Applicants who already have their background results on file with the Ohio Department of Education within the past 12 months and can provide a copy of those results to our office, may not need to be fingerprinted for employment at this time. Any individual who has completed a BCI check in the past 12 months but does not have a paper copy of their results may submit a Request for Copy of Background Check form to the Ohio Bureau of Investigation. Please note until this document has been received, which can take up to 30 days and delay your employment. 

What is the cost for a background check?

The current cost for the BCI background check is $30; the cost of the FBI background check is $28.
If you require both background checks, the total cost is $58.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office has advised that the background check information may only be released to the individual/organization authorized on the BCI waiver for release of criminal history information. It is not permissible for the ESC-COG to copy and distribute the results of a criminal history background check to multiple organizations.


How do I pay for my background check?

The ESC of Central Ohio current accepts
  --- Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit/debit card. 
  --- We do not accept cash or personal check.