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Building up a roster of dependable employees takes time. As you strive to identify candidates who can perform at the right level, conducting background checks can provide valuable information for making hiring decisions.
In Ohio, the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation maintains the state's central repository for criminal history data. Due to state restrictions, backgroundchecks.com is unable to provide background check reports generated from this repository. Instead, we encourage you to conduct an (instant county-level search) as a robust starting point.
 These searches feature data from multiple Ohio counties, including the state’s largest: Franklin, Cuyahoga, and Hamilton. Instant searches include felony convictions reported by the Department of Corrections; the sex offender registry; municipal court records from 1999 onward, including both felonies and misdemeanors; and habitual OVI offender records.


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 What may be reported on a state criminal history search?

  • Jurisdiction where record is recorded
  • Case number
  • Defendant
  • Charge
  • Filing date
  • Degree of offense, such as a misdemeanor
  • Disposition
  • Disposition date
  • Sentence

Criminal Record Usage Restrictions

In addition to federal non-discrimination statutes, some states legislate additional rules governing how employers can consider criminal records. Though Ohio has not instituted many other restrictions, there are some essential facts to know. We’ve outlined them below.

Arrest Records: Only records of arrest that have been ordered expunged or placed under seal by court order are disallowed from consideration by employers. It is permissible to inquire into and use all other arrest records.

Conviction Records: Employers may consider conviction records with few restrictions. Some convictions, such as felony fraud, are automatic disqualifiers for public job roles. Private employers may not inquire into sealed or expunged records, but Ohio law makes exceptions for convictions that would directly impact the ability to perform a job satisfactorily. In such cases, employers may ask applicants to disclose even an expunged conviction.

Ban the Box: As of March 2016, all public employers within Ohio, from the state to the city level, may not include criminal history questions on job applications. This law supersedes a previous patchwork of local ban the box rules applied to municipal job roles. The state has not extended the law to include any private employers, and no such regulations exist at the local level, either.



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