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Ohio Vital Records Background Checks
The Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics is the main source for birth and death records in the state of Ohio. It does issue birth and death certificates for $21.50, but the office does not directly issue either marriage or divorce documents. For copies of these, the County Clerk’s Office where the marriage took place should be contacted, while for divorce decrees, the County Probate Court is the proper contact. You can, however, get help from this office in searching for the information leading to marriage and divorce documents that you may need in Ohio background checks.
The Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics office conducts searches to find the county and registration date for marriages and divorces for a fee of $3. The processing time for these searches, which may aid in Ohio background checks, is usually about 2-3 weeks.
Walk-in, same day service for birth and death record retreival is typically available at the Vital Statistics office during the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Here is the address:
Ohio Department of Health
255 Neilston St.
Columbus, OH 43215
The above office is also available for searching statewide for vital records that could be used in Ohio background checks. This statewide searching is not available on a walk-in basis though, as an appointment must be made prior to visiting the Vital Statistics Ohio office. Here is the phone number to call to make the appointment:
The above phone number can also be used to check the status of submitted Ohio vital records requests. Some orders may take between 3-6 weeks of processing time.
Ohio Criminal Background Checks
The Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) compares fingerprints received in Ohio background checks with those in a criminal database. The information is given out as a public records release only and is not to be considered as legal advice on individual cases. If the reason for your Ohio criminal background check is for something to be used for legal purposes, then you can contact the FBI directly to go through the fingerprint submission protocol.
If the Attorney General’s Office, BCI in Ohio finds a criminal record, the background check may take longer than usual to process as further checks may be required. Since the BCI uses a WebCheck system and the Ohio background checks are done electronically, the normal processing time may be as little as a few hours or a few days.
The cost for a BCI WebCheck in Ohio is $22 – $24 depending on the particulars of your case. Accepted payment methods are certified checks or money orders. Another method for collecting information for Ohio background checks is to contact the Sheriff’s Office in the county the individual being checked resides, These Sheriff’s Office related costs are typically low at around $3 to completely free of charge.
The Attorney General’s Office
Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
30 East Broad Street, 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 432215
Phone: (877) 224-0043 – Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Toll free: 800-282-051 – Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-7pm