Many employers require fingerprint-based criminal records checks before they will hire an individual.
Other employers (including schools, day care centers and health care facilities) are required by state law to conduct background checks as part of the hiring process.
Some professions (counselors, social workers, realtors, insurance providers, etc.) require background checks as a condition of licensure.
When you’re fingerprinted at the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, your prints are scanned and electronically sent to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for comparison against a statewide criminal database. The FBI performs a similar electronic check against a national database.
BCI and FBI fingerprint cards can be completed at the Sheriff’s Office. The office also will conduct traditional ink card fingerprinting. The costs are as follows:
- BCI Fingerprints: $30
- FBI Fingerprints: $40
- Ink Fingerprints: $5
All payments must be made in cash, and appointments are required.