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Ohio Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Ohio, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers (or visit websites) listed below to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public record information may be accessible online, by phone, mail, or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain the exact address and ordering information.

OHIO STATE WEB SITE:
http://www.ohio.gov/

Attorney General
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/

Archives
http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib/

Legislation Records
http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/research/leginfo.html

Criminal Records
Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street
P.O. Box 182081
Columbus, Ohio 43223-1102

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street
P.O. Box 182081
Columbus, Ohio 43223-1102

Vital Statistics (marriage/divorce/birth/death)
Ohio Department of Health
Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098
(614) 466-2531

Workers Compensation
Bureau of Workers Compensation
30 W. Spring St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215-2256
(800) 644-6292
http://www.ohiobwc.com/browsers.aspx?ReturnURL=/Default.aspx

Business/Corporate Records
UCC/Tax Liens
Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street, Ste 103
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 728-9200
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Text.aspx?page=251&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Civil Records
Office of the Clerk
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 S Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
(614) 387-9530
http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Clerk/

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL INFORMATION BY COUNTY:

Allen
PO Box 1243
Lima, OH 45802
(419) 223-8517

Belmont
101 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
(740) 699-2140

Clark
P.O. Box 1406
Springfield, OH 45501
(937) 328-2445

Darke
520 South Broadway
Greenville, Ohio 45331
(937) 547-7300
Erie
2900 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 627-7672

Franklin
373 S. High St, 18th Fl
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 462-3930

Greene
69 Greene Street
P.O. Box 100
Xenia, Ohio 45385
(937) 562-5271

Henry
660 N. Perry St., Ste 202
Napoleon, OH 43545
(419) 592-1766

Lake
P.O. Box 490
105 Main St.
Painesville, Ohio 44077
(440) 350-2508

Miami
201 West Main Street
Troy, Ohio 45373
(937) 440-6040

Ottawa
315 Madison Street
Port Clinton, OH 43452
(419) 734-6721

Portage
449 S. Meridian St.
Portage County Administration. Bldg.
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
(330) 297-3600

Ross
Ross County Courthouse
2 N Paint Street Ste E
PO Box 6162
Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740) 702-3000

Stark
110 Central Plaza South
Suite 170
Canton, OH 44702-1409
(330) 451-7443

Trumbull
160 High Street
Warren, Ohio 44481
(330) 675-2401

Union
County Office Building
233 West Sixth Street
Marysville, OH 43040
(937)645-3032

Wayne
428 W Liberty St
Wooster, OH 44691
(330) 287-5460