Checking staff licenses and background checks
Ohio law requires holders of permanent certificates and permanent nontax certificates are required to complete an updated FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) background check every five years. Teachers who are renewing their licenses are also required to get an updated FBI check done as part of that process. An updated BCI (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation) background check is also required if the certificate holder has lived outside Ohio within the past five years.
School administrators should check CORE, the state database for school staff with an ODE-issued license, to make sure that all staff members have a valid and active license and that all background checks are current. Licenses and certificates showing as “INACTIVE” in CORE are invalid and will remain invalid until the required background check(s) are done and sent electronically to the Office of Educator Licensure by the agency that conducts the background check.