Background Checks FAQs

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An appointment is required at the Miami University Police Department for a background check. Appointments may be scheduled at

Types of Services

Do I need Electronic or Black Ink format?

Electronic, if completed at our agency.

I am a Miami student and will be volunteering for a program or activity on Miami's campus but permanently live out of state, do I need the FBI check?

Yes, if you have not lived in Ohio for the last 5 years, you will need both.

Completing the Form

What do I need to bring with me?

Driver's license is preferred OR a current photo ID along with one of the following - a passport, a state ID card, or a birth certificate.

What do I put as the reason for background check?

Working with minors at university programs or conferences or MU Academic Camp or MU Athletics Camp, etc. Something to identify to the office that it is a camp/program/employment for the University.

Where do I send my results?

For direct copy, choose "None".

How should my results be handled?

You will choose "I wish to mail my results to this address". Then choose "MU Human Resources".

What do I choose for Type of Check?

If you have lived in Ohio for the last 5 consecutive years, you only need the "Ohio $36.00". If you have not lived in Ohio for the last 5 years, you will need both, "Ohio/FBI $60.00." The exception to this rule is if the program or camp you are working for specifically states you need both.

Do I have to pay for it, if it is for the University Camp/Employment? So, What do I choose for payment type?

Typically, for individuals working at a MU Program or Camp with minors the cost of the background check will be covered by the department and the individual will not have to pay for this service. Please check with your department in advance. If the cost is covered, please select Charge to University Department on the waiver. Then enter the MU Index Number/Account Number that the hiring department provided to you. If no billing number was provided, please identify the name of the program/camp and we will get the information from our list of approved individuals. Please do not process a credit card/echeck payment.


Can I get the background check in my hometown before coming to Oxford?

Please contact Theresa Murphy Director of Employment Department of Human Resources 513-529-4745 for details on the process to follow.

How long does it take for the results to be received?

Results are mailed from London, Ohio to the address you provide at the time of service and typically take 7-10 business days. Please note that on occasion results may be delayed and could take up to 30 days to receive. Black Ink cards may take 6 to 8 weeks to process.