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Background Check Process

Background Check Process

We require an applicant to complete two types of background checks during the application process:

  1. A local police check using the our Personal History Background Form (#4121); and
  2. An Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) fingerprint webcheck, which lists an individual’s criminal record. See process described below.

Persons Required to Get Both Background Checks

The following persons are required to get both background checks completed:

  • A sole proprietor (individual) applicant (i.e., liquor permit will be in the name of Jane Doe);
  • Any general partner in a partnership (see Form #4031);
  • Shareholders listed in Section D of Form #4030 who hold 5% or more shares of stock in the corporation;
  • Persons listed in Section C of Form # 4032 with a 5% or more membership or voting interest in the LLC, including any managing members;
  • A spouse of any of the above identified persons who will work at the permit premises (see the "General Questions" area of our new applications and Question 2b of our transfer applications ; and

How do I complete the above background check process?

Local Police Check

The Applicant, and persons listed above, submit a signed and completed Personal History Background Form #4121 to us. We send this form to the applicable local police department to conduct a background investigation. The local police department will send the results to us.

BCI Fingerprint WebCheck

The process depends on whether the person needing the check is in Ohio.

  • Ohio residents, including persons who can visit an Ohio webcheck location, should go to any:
    • Business listed below as these locations are familiar with how to properly process liquor permit application background checks;
    • Ohio Attorney General BCI-approved WebCheck location; or
    • Ohio City/Township Police or County Sheriff Department.
  • Applicants residing outside of Ohio who cannot go to any of the above locations should:
    • Go to the Ohio Attorney General’s website and follow the listed procedures.
    • Not forget to complete the exemption form and include any required payments with your submission.
  • Things to know:
    • We will receive the results directly from BCI. It is IMPORTANT that you send us your personal history form and complete the BCI check as soon as possible to avoid any delays in the licensing process.
    • Regardless of what option you choose above, you MUST list Reason Code ORC 4303.29(A).
    • Ask the webcheck facility to send the results electronically to us. If you are using a printcard at an out of state location, please list our address in the “where to send the results” box. We will NOT accept results directly from Applicants.
    • Pay any applicable fees. Please note that a webcheck location may charge a service fee.
    • In most cases, BCI sends its results electronically to us. If you completed the process in Ohio, we receives the results within approximately 1 week. Result times may vary for individuals who did not use a webcheck facility. 

Background Check Businesses

(last revised 7/23/2021)

1) AAA Background Checks
Worthington 614-885-0980
15) Corporate Screening Services, Inc.
Cleveland 800-229-8606
OR 440-816-0500
29) Secure Check Inc.
Columbus 614-252-7300
Dayton 937-853-2710
2) Accurate Investigative Services
Akron 330-253-1288
Twinsburg 330-963-6674
16) Ellet License Services
Akron 330-733-8688
30) Security Hut, Inc.
Lakewood 216-226-0461

3) Affirmatrace Background
Solutions LLC
Columbus 614-818-9392 OR
877-746 5772

17) Fast fingerprints – a National
Background Check, Inc., Company
-Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati,
Toledo, Cleveland & Northern Ohio
areas 877-932-2435
31) Statewide Identification Services
Cuyahoga Falls License Bureau

4) Affordable Fingerprinting, LLC
Columbus 614-868-0403
(By Appointment Only)
18) High 5 Fingerprinting LLC
Macedonia 234-808-4555
32) TraceBack Screening
Mentor – (440) 510-0330
5) Akron Urban League
19) Integrity Verifications, Inc.
Cleveland 440-886-0900
Medina 330-725-3866
33) Van Wert License Bureau
Van Wert 419-238-9399

6) Amerisearch Background Alliance
Ashtabula 800-569-6133
20) Imperative Defense, LLC
Canal Winchester
614-548-0309, Ext. 101
34) Young Enterprise Solutions Inc.
Amherst 440-988-0339

7) Background Check Specialist, Inc.
Euclid 1-888-350-2117
21) Master Security, Inc.
Youngstown 330-746-4448
8) Background Management
Solutions LLC
Akron 330-376-1805
22) Mobile Fingerprinting Solutions
Pickerington 614-321-2182
9) Biometric Information
Management LLC
Hilliard OR Dublin Area Location
Sarasota, FL 941-955-8400
(By Appointment Only)
23) Nationwide Background Checks
Commercial Point 614-877-3357

10) Bowsher License Bureau #15

24) On Demand Drug Testing and Work
Austintown 330-270-3660
11) Columbus Police Department
Columbus 614-645-4696

25) PrintChek LLC
Lewis Center 740-548-9555
Columbus 614-989-7584
12) Confidential Solutions, Inc.
Lakewood 216-228-3394
Akron 330-253-5188
26) Refcheck Information Services, Inc.
Dublin 614-656-1165, x13
13) Copeland Oaks
Sebring 330- 938-1502
27) SafeGuard Background Screening
Cleveland 877-700-7345
14) Corporate Investigative
Services, Inc.
North Olmsted 440-614-0100
OR 800-899-1173
28) Sandusky License Bureau
Sandusky 419-625-1983