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Criminal background check updates required for educators who have permanent and non-tax certificates


Holders of permanent certificates and permanent non-tax certificates for working in schools are required by Ohio law to complete updated FBI background checks through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) every five years. In addition, an updated BCI background check also is required if the certificate holder has lived outside Ohio within the past five years. Because this school year is the five-year anniversary of these requirements, certificate holders need to update their criminal background checks with Ohio Department of Education if they have not already done so. Certificate holders who do not comply with the requirements will have their certificates inactivated and will not be permitted to work in Ohio schools.

The department requests that certificate holders complete their background checks through WebCheck, which allows fingerprints to be sent immediately to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for fastest processing. Check with your district administration regarding WebCheck procedures; if needed, a list of WebCheck locations is posted on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. When completing this process, be sure the WebCheck operator sends results to the Ohio Department of Education. Questions may be directed to or at (614) 466-3693 or (877) 644-6338 (toll-free).

Permanent certificates, which are no longer issued, were available for qualifying teachers, administrators and pupil personnel years ago before the current educator licensure system was put into place. The current licensure system also requires updating of background checks every five years.