Ohio BCI Fingerprinting

Ohio BCI Fingerprinting

Many Ohio employers, both public and private, are required to perform background checks on new hires and individuals obtaining professional licenses. The Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) 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 BCI through WebCheck unless exemption reasons are met.

WebCheck Fingerprint Scan for the 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. This service covers all 88 counties in the state of Ohio. Crimcheck has been authorized by the state of Ohio to conduct these checks.

Advantages of Fingerprinting

Since fingerprints are recorded when a person is arrested, there is no chance of an individual falsifying any information. The information submitted to the fingerprint database is completely accurate.

Does your industry require fingerprinting? Crimcheck can help!Industries Requiring Fingerprinting Include:

  • Children Services
  • Day Care Employees
  • Employees of Schools
  • Foster/Adoptive Parents
  • Law Enforcement/Corrections
  • Licensing/Permits
  • Medical Professionals
  • County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Crimcheck is an authorized provider of the Ohio Webcheck Fingerprint Service. We provide this service for residents in North East Ohio. We are located in Strongsville, Ohio; please call 440-816-9920 to make an appointment. The fingerprinting usually takes about 10 minutes.

Advantages of the Electronic WebCheck vs. Traditional Ink Cards

At Crimcheck, we fingerprint people electronically using the National WebCheck system. We do not take fingerprints physically for ink cards. Here’s why:

  • When electronically submitting prints, there are virtually no errors. All data and information comes directly from the individual getting printed.
  • The submission process is completely secure
  • Mess Free
  • Takes 5-10 minutes to electronically scan fingerprints as opposed to a longer time when individually inking each finger
  • No smudges or hard to decipher ink cards
  • Results get sent back in much shorter time

fingerprintWhat 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.

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.

Article Library

For Crimcheck News on Fingerprinting, Check Out These Informative Articles:

Crimcheck Offers the FBI National Webcheck Fingerprint Scan

Criminal Records Primer

The Perception of the Invasion of Privacy

Preventing Sex Offenders from Becoming the Ice Cream Man

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.