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The division responsible for planning and justice assistance at the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) is the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. This office does not offer background checks or criminal record searches. Instead, it recommends Ohio Arrest Records to be obtained directly from the respective Sheriff’s Offices of the county in which the subjects reside. The cost is typically a nominal $3.00 or so with some provided free-of-charge.
Civilian background checks are available from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office through its Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) Division via its Internet-based system. The BCI&I office accepts and files fingerprints, photographs and other data of individuals who have ever been placed under arrest in Ohio. As one of the world’s biggest collections of criminal history records, it serves as the central repository for all felony accounts.
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Ohio BCI&I contact info.
30 E. Broad St., 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (800) 282-0515
State laws mandate that all criminal records investigations must be fingerprint-based using card scan, an electronic fingerprinting system. Individuals asking for their personal criminal accounts must undergo the process of fingerprinting at an authorized location and sign a release. Prior to taking their fingerprints, applicants are required to pay the $22 search fee and provide a government-issued photo ID. Other than self-checks, the State largely restricts this information to approved employment and law enforcement agencies.
Related information on criminal and civil cases that have been tried in the courts of the state and those of ongoing trials are also obtainable directly from the state courts. What all this means is there is not a centralized one-stop state agency for Ohio Arrest Records. That convenience can be found in private records providers though. Fast, professional and hassle-free, try one and see. Yes, try Archives.