Public Safety

Background Checks / Finger Prints

Background checks resumed on July 6. Please see below for operational changes due to COVID-19.

UC Public Safety provides background checks and fingerprinting services for licensing and other needs, for both members of the University community as well as the general public. We use an electronic system called “WebCheck" which electronically scans an applicant’s fingerprints and sends them to the Ohio Bureau of Identification for a check of the applicant’s state record. The prints can also be forwarded to the FBI, if necessary, for a national background check.

The Webcheck Service is available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applicants in need of ink fingerprinting for out-of-state and federal licensing can come in between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We can provide the standard FBI FD-258 fingerprinting cards.

Please note our office does not offer LiveScan at this time.

COVID-19 Operational Changes

  1. An appointment will be required for background check services. These appointments will be scheduled in 10 minute increments. Please use the form below to schedule an appointment. We will attempt same-day appointments if there are openings, but individuals needing background checks are strongly encouraged to contact us at least one day in advance. Please reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, as identified by the CDC. Our staff requests you wear a facial covering while in the office.
  2. Individuals must complete the background check authorization form before entering the office. Billing paperwork must also be provided if an individual's background check is being paid for by an organization.. If any of the required paperwork for background check services is missing, the customer will be asked to leave and make a new appointment when the customer is able to provide all required paperwork.
  3. The preferred forms of payment will be either departmental/external agency billing forms or credit card. We strongly discourage the use of cash at this time.
  4. Background check results will be mailed to the customer’s home by default. We will strongly discourage anyone returning to pick up their background check results, but may grant exceptions in certain circumstances. They must have the correct address on the forms. Individuals should use whatever address is most accessible to them. Background checks performed for the purposes of campus or other employment will still be handled business as usual.

Schedule a Background Check

Cost:

State Background Check (Ohio Bureau of Investigation) - $32
National Background Check (FBI) - $35.20
Fingerprinting - $10 (per card)

Contact:

Criminal History Check Office
513-556-4925

Location:
4 Edwards Center
51 West Corry Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio
45221-0215

Forms:

Forms must be printed, filled out and brought with you when you come for services.