Search Arrest Records
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.