Background Check (Web Check)


Background Checks are completed Monday - Friday between  8:00am. - 4:00pm..  Closed Holidays
Closed for lunch 12:00pm. - 1:00pm.
Cost:  BCI - $32.00     FBI - $32.00     Card Scan -
We Do Not accept credit cards, Please have exact cash or check.

Sometimes the Background Computer System may be down, or staff may be unavailable due to court.  You may have a short waiting period. If you are traveling a long distance, you may want to call to make sure the system is available. 

Van Wert County Sheriff's Office Phone:  419-238-3866

The Background Check Form must also be completed, and is also available in the lobby at the Sheriff's Office.  You must bring a Photo ID with you.  Juveniles must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian.

Many public and private employers require background checks for employment purposes.  State law mandates that schools, day care centers, health care facilities, and others require such checks as part of the hiring process.  Some individuals are also required to have a background check to obtain professional licensure.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) regularly processes about a million background checks a year.  BCI completes such background checks by comparing fingerprints received against a database of criminal fingerprints to determine if there is a criminal record. All fingerprints must be submitted to BCI electronically through WebCheck or a card scan unless the required reasons for an exemption are met.

If you have questions, please take a look at the frequently asked questions, or call BCI at 877-224-0043.