Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions
Background Check Requirements
April 28, 2008, Ohio law requires all new applicants for licensure to complete
both an Ohio criminal background check and an FBI criminal background check, conducted
by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I).
All new applicants
applying for a new license.
can I go to complete the BCI and FBI background check requirement?
Check with your local law enforcement agencies or use the Ohio
Attorney General's website: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Services/Business/WebCheck/Webcheck-Community-Listing
do I have the background checks done?
OVMLB requests that both background checks (BCI & FBI)
be completed electronically so the fingerprints will be
sent immediately to BCI&I. This allows for a much quicker
processing of the prints and results reported to OVMLB.
do I have the background checks completed while I am out of
Individuals completing the background checks while out of state
will be required to utilize fingerprint cards and must request
them from the BCI (877)224-0043. If you choose to have the background
checks completed while out of state, it could take several months
for OVMLB to receive the results.
do I send the results of the background check?
The results need to be sent directly from the BCI&I to the
Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, 77 South High Street,
16th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108. Please be sure to
list "required for licensure under Section 4741.10 ORC"
as the reason for fingerprinting.
long does it take for OVMLB to receive my background check results?
If you have the background check completed electronically, OVMLB
should receive your results within 7-10 business days. If you
have the background check completed via fingerprint cards, it
could take several months for OVMLB to receive the results.
Results may take longer as BCI&I processing time varies
and/or if a record is found during the course of the criminal
long are the background checks valid?
Background check information is valid for one year, or 365 days,
from the date that the background check was completed.
much should I expect to pay for the background checks?
The cost of the BCI background check is approximately $22 and
the FBI is approximately $24. The cost may vary depending on
the agency that you choose. Please note: BCI&I only accepts
certified checks or money orders, payable to Treasurer-State
is responsible for paying for these background checks?
The applicant is responsible for this cost.
can I contact regarding the status of my background check?
You can contact the BCI&I at 877-224-0043 or P.O. Box 365,
London, Ohio 43140.