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CRIMINAL BACKGROUND RECORDS CHECK REQUIRED FOR RESIDENT INSURANCE LICENSURE
 

Ohio Revised Code 3905.051 requires all individuals applying for a resident insurance license issued by the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) to submit fingerprints for a criminal records check completed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).   The results of both criminal records checks must be sent directly to ODI from BCI or FBI. Results not received directly by BCI or FBI will not be accepted.

To complete a criminal background check, applicants must use "National" WebCheck, a web-based fingerprinting technology that processes background checks electronically. By law, ODI cannot complete the processing of an applicant’s application until it receives the criminal background check report from both BCI and FBI.

Criminal Background Check Instructions:

  1. Request a criminal records check from a WebCheck vendor that participates in "National WebCheck" 
     
  2. Pay the criminal records check fee directly to the National WebCheck vendor 
     
  3. Indicate the reason fingerprinting as: Required for Licensure/Permit, Insurance Lic. or ORC 3905.051   (If requested, list the agency code as: BQE445)
     
  4. Request the criminal background check results be sent to ODI:
    1. For ODI to receive an electronic result from BCI and FBI, request delivery option as:
                                Direct Copy to Ohio Department of Insurance 
       
    2. For ODI to receive a mailed result from BCI and FBI, request delivery option as:
                               Bill to–Send to
      Ohio Department of Insurance
      50 West Town Street, Third Floor, Suite 300
      Columbus, OH 43215

 Frequently Asked Questions:

I recently had a BCI and FBI criminal records check completed for another purpose.  Can I just use those results to meet the requirements for the Insurance Department?

No. The law requires that an applicant state the purpose of the records check.  The results of the completed records check may not be shared and may only be submitted to the agency or Department in which the request was made. 

What happens if I have a criminal history reported to the Department?

The results of the criminal background check will be reviewed by the License Division.  If the offense(s) identified in the report need further review, the Department's Legal Division will determine if the offenses potentially make you ineligible for licensure in Ohio.  If the Department determines that a license should not be issued, the applicant will be offered an opportunity of a hearing to discuss the matter with the Department.

Will I have to submit a criminal records check to renew my license every two years?

No. The records check requirement does not apply to the biennial renewal process or to non-resident applicants. 

How much does the criminal background check cost?

BCI charges $22.00 and the FBI charges $24.00.  The National WebCheck vendor providing the criminal background check service will also charge a fee for conducting the records check.  

(ODI has written agreements with the National WebCheck vendors listed below.  Part of the agreement with these National WebCheck vendors provide that they will not charge more than $71.00 for the criminal background check which includes the combination of BCI check, FBI check & vendor service fee.)

Where can I obtain my national criminal background check?

Individuals may use any National WebCheck vendor authorized by BCI.  A list of all WebCheck vendors in Ohio is available at: Ohio WebCheck Locations.    Not all WebCheck vendors offer both the state and federal background checks, so make sure the vendor you select offers both.

Can I have my background check completed at one of the Prometric test centers?

Yes, Prometric Test Centers provide onsite fingerprinting services.   For a listing of locations please visit www.Fastfingerprints.com

An appointment is not required if you wish to be fingerprinted, at a Prometric Test Center, after taking an insurance license exam.  If you wish to be fingerprinted at a Prometric Test Center at any other time, appointments are not required, but recommended.   

Payment of $71.00 will be required at the Prometric Test Center at the time of fingerprinting.  Acceptable forms of payment are VISA, MasterCard, or American Express.  Cash, check or money orders will not be accepted.   

 

 ODI also has written agreements with the National Webcheck vendors listed below:

 

Prometric Test Centers (BCI & FBI)
(No Appointment Necessary, but recommended)
www.fastfingerprints.com
(877) 932-2435

 

Accurate Investigative Services (BCI & FBI)
(No Appointment Necessary)
Akron - (330) 253-1288
Twinsburg - (330) 963-6674
www.accurate-detective.com
www.domestic-investigations.com

 

Affirmatrace Background Solutions, LLC (BCI & FBI)
(No Appointment Necessary)
(614) 818-9392 or (877) 746-5772
www.affirmatrace.com

 

Ascertain Screening and Investigations, LLC (BCI & FBI)
(No Appointment Necessary)
(800) 858-2901 or (614) 858-0100
www.ascertainsi.com/

 

Background Research Group, LLC (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary)
(440) 941-7776
www.backgroundresearchgroup.com 

 

Background Screening Solutions (BCI & FBI)
(dba AAA Background Checks)
(No Appointment Necessary)
(614) 885-0980 

 

Biometric Information Management (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary)
614-432-3620
www.bioinfomgt.com 

 

CASA of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties (BCI & FBI)
(No Appointment Necessary)
Tiffin - (419) 448-1442  

 

Confidential Solutions, Inc.  (BCI & FBI)
(No Appointment Necessary)
Lakewood - (216) 228-3394
Akron - (330) 253-5188  

 

Corporate Investigative Services, Inc.  (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary)
(440) 614-0100 (ask for WebCheck Services)
www.cispros.com  

 

Integrity Verifications, Inc.  (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary)
Medina - (330) 725-3866
www.IntegrityVerifications.com 

 

Kayred Solutions Inc.  (BCI & FBI)
(No Appointment Necessary)
(740) 281-0943
www.kayred.com 

 

Kettering Police Department (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary)
Kettering - (937) 296-2580
www.ketteringoh.org 

 

Master Security, Inc  (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary)
(330) 746-4448
www.mastersecurityinc.com 

 

National Background Check, Inc. (BCI & FBI)
(dba 1A Accurate Fastfingerprints.com)
(dba Fast Fingerprints)
(No Appointment Necessary)  
(Schedule your appointment online)
Corporate office (Columbus) - (877) 932-2435
www.fastfingerprints.com

 

RefCheck Information Services, Inc. (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary)
(614)777-8844
www.refcheck.com 

 

The Pre-Check Company (BCI & FBI)
(Depending on location an appointment may be necessary)
(216) 226-7700
www.pre-check.com

 

Transparency LLC (BCI & FBI)
(Preferred, but not necessary)
(330) 595-2022
www.transparency-llc.com

 

University Circle Police Department (BCI & FBI)
(Appointment Necessary - Monday thru Friday / 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
(216)791-1234
dleff@universitycircle.org

 

 

For more information, please contact the License Division of the
Ohio Department of Insurance at 614-644-2665.

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Ohio Department of Insurance
50 W. Town Street, Third Floor - Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio  43215
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