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Background Checks & Fingerprinting Services


Background check and fingerprinting services are limited for educational personnel only.

These services are available by appointment only. They must be made online and will be scheduled in 15-minute increments. 

ESC Central Office
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:30pm
Schedule an appointment at ESC Central Office (Please be sure to read important updates below prior to scheduling.)
North Office (Located at Olentangy Local Schools administrative office)
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday | 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:30pm
7840 Graphics Way
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Schedule an appointment at North Office (Located at Olentangy Local Schools administrative office) (Please be sure to read important updates below prior to scheduling.)


  1. Background checks 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. If you are not an employee of the ESC or ESC-COG, please ask your employer for the FBI Reason Fingerprint Code and bring that code with you. Our staff will not know the code needed for your specific circumstances.
  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. 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.


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 currently accepts
  --- Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit/debit card. 
  --- We do not accept cash or personal check.