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FBI Fingerprint Scan For Background Checks

Does your industry require fingerprinting as part of your background checks? Crimcheck can help!

Many employers, both public and private, are required to perform background checks on new hires and individuals obtaining professional licenses. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System completes such background checks by comparing fingerprints received against a database of criminal fingerprints to determine if there is a criminal record. All fingerprints must be submitted to the FBI through WebCheck  unless exemption reasons are met.

FBI IAFIS Fingerprint Scan

The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) is a fingerprint identification system that retrieves criminal record history from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. Fingerprints submitted through this system are automatically matched against these databases and can return a history within 2 to 24 hours of submission.

WebCheck Fingerprint Scan (State of Ohio)

The WebCheck Fingerprint Scan is an Internet-based service that reduces the turn around time of fingerprint checks to as little as several hours. The program transfers fingerprints and other data from inquiring agencies to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) of Ohio. Crimcheck™ has been authorized by the state of Ohio to conduct these checks.

When the FBI background check is necessary

The FBI fingerprint service is different from the Ohio BCI fingerprint in that it is a nationwide search. This service is applicable to those who have not been a resident of the state of Ohio for the past five years, licensing for specific fields, and others.


  • Accountancy Board
  • Acupuncturists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Chiropractic Board
  • Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board
  • Dental Board
  • Dietetics Board
  • Embalmers and Funeral Directors
  • Massage or Cosmetic Therapists
  • Medical Board
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
  • Ohio Construction Industry
  • Ohio Department of Insurance
  • Ohio Optical Dispensers Board
  • Optometry Board
  • Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Board
  • Pharmacy Board
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychology Board
  • Respiratory Board
  • Telemedicine Practitioners
  • Veterinary Medical Board

Other Industries:

  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Day Care Centers (Owners and Employees)
  • County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • In-Home Patient Care
  • Hospice Care Program
  • Ohio Department of Commerce
  • Ohio Lottery Commission
  • Ohio Treasurer of State
  • Ohio Racing Commission
  • Out of Home Child Care (Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents, Children’s Hospitals)
  • Ohio Department of Aging
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Public Housing
  • Public School Districts

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Important to note:

The FBI background check must not be conducted for candidates applying for positions located outside of Ohio and this does not replace the legislative requirements for the BCI. Many times, a candidate will need both the Ohio BCI and the FBI WebCheck. Also, the FBI background check report must not be distributed to any third parties. An employer may not share the results with any other organization for any reason.

Crimcheck provides this service for residents in Northeast Ohio. We are located in Brunswick, Ohio; please call 440-816-9920 to make an appointment. The fingerprinting usually takes about 10 minutes.

What is a fingerprint check?

A fingerprint check is usually conducted through a State Bureau of Criminal Identification or The Federal Bureau of Identification to either identify someone or conduct a criminal background check. These two things differ in that the fingerprint check to identify an individual most likely involves a criminal case, either for identifying a suspect or in the worst case scenario, a victim of a crime. Fingerprints have traditionally been the most commonly used method of identifying an individual but not necessarily the best option when conducting background checks.

How accurate is a fingerprint check?

While we have all heard the phrase; “No two fingerprints are alike” and that is not the case. Due to variations in the methods used to categorize and collect fingerprint samples, variation and distortions can exist in the samples taken. Statistics widely vary on how accurate manual fingerprinting analysis and identification is; however, computerized fingerprint scanners and identification have become so sophisticated that they were found to be accurate 99% of the time in a study conducted by The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Check out this article from Science Daily about the accuracy of modern fingerprinting.

What is the difference between the BCI and the FBI fingerprint scans?

A BCI fingerprint searches only the state of Ohio. The FBI is a national database search. You can get either a BCI, FBI or both depending on the reason for the fingerprinting. Having both the BCI and the FBI searches completed are especially important for candidates who have lived in another state in the past 5 years or more. A crime could have been committed in another state and if only the state of Ohio is searched, those criminal records could be missed.

Terms to Know

Fingerprint: The impressions and marks on the surface of a person’s fingertips. Since these are unique patterns for each person, fingerprints are used as an identification tool.

Ink Cards: A specific piece of paper used to capture people’s fingerprints by using black ink. This practice was the standard for all fingerprinting until modern times when the electronic fingerprint scanning system was invented.

National WebCheck: A website used by companies to search for criminal records for a background check. This platform is completely electronic and submits an individual’s fingerprints for review at the state and federal levels.

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