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The Department Of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) considers a report from The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as current if dated within 12 months of the applicant’s Initial and/or renewal Certification date.

Applicants must complete a report, via fingerprinting, by a certified agency, and request a direct copy be forwarded from the Ohio BCII to The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).  Per Rule, copies from third-party sources will no longer be accepted by DODD, therefore applicants must supply the DODD address below for mailing the report direct from the BCII:

DODD – Office of Provider Certification
30 E. Broad St, 13th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

See below for resources:

New background (BCII-FBI) reports:

For a list of Webcheck sites in Ohio, you may visit: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Services/Business/WebCheck/Webcheck-Community-Listing

Note: Pricing and hours of operation vary amongst the sites listed, so we suggest reviewing their policies in advance.

Pre-existing reports:

If you believe you have a current report on file at The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII), you may download the form from the Attorney General’s Website, to request a certified copy be forwarded to DODD.  For information on existing reports, you may contact the Ohio BCII at 877-224-0043.

Alternate Background reporting sources?

Record checks from local Police or Sheriff’s Departments, online screening companies, or any other alternate sources cannot be submitted in lieu of a certified report generated by The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII), or The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Only certified reports, processed through the Ohio BCII in London Ohio, are accepted by DODD.   

What if past charges or convictions appear on your record?

If so, you may be required by DODD to obtain the following supporting documentation, and submit it with your BCII and/or FBI report, when applying for Initial or Renewal Certification:

(1) A “Certified Court Journal Entry”, from the Courthouse of record, for any charges that appear on your report.  Why?: This is necessary to verify the charges and/or final dispositions from each case, as DODD is aware that all agencies do not uniformly report to the BCII, so they must be verified directly by the Courthouse of record to ensure the reports correlate.

(2) Write a short narrative, describing the basic circumstances surrounding each incident. Why?: This is requested for charges that have a variety of qualifiers (i.e.: “Obstructing Official Business”, “Disorderly Conduct”, etc.).  This allows DODD to evaluate the circumstances as a means to determine risk factors per Rule.   

The DODD Certification Office must forward each report, with existing charges or convictions, to the Legal Department for evaluation.  If additional documentation is required, the applicant will receive a request directly from DODD.  FCBDD has no authority in, or access to, these proceedings.

Relocating from another State?

If relocating to Ohio from another State, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report can be accepted, although processed in another State, but an Ohio BCII will still be required for application purposes as well.

View the rules governing the requirement of background checks

Scroll to:  “Chapter 5123:2-2, Provider Standards”, and select “5123:2-2-01 Provider Certification” and  “5123:2-2-02 Background investigations for employment”.