Civilian Fingerprinting

Please note: If you are in immediate need of an appointment please call us at 513-529-2226 prior to showing up so we may check for same day availability due to cancellations. Please note that customers with no appointment may be turned away or experience long wait time due to priority going to appointment holders.

Civilian Background Checks can be obtained electronically through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Many individuals come in to be fingerprinted; some reasons include student teaching, working in schools, working with elderly, daycare's, churches, banks, volunteering, and many other types of employment not listed.

Hours of Operation

By appointment only:  Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting

Questions: please call us at 513-529-2226 or email us at

Instructions to complete the Background Check Waiver

Section 1: Personal Information

  • Name: Both first and last name.
  • Maiden Name: N/A if you do not have a maiden name.
  • Social Security Number: You have to have your SSN available in order to complete the background check (if you don't have a SSN please contact MUPD at 513-529-2226 for guidance).
  • Permanent Home Address, City, State, and Zip Code.
  • E-mail Address and Phone Number: Make sure you provide an e-mail address and phone number in case we need to contact you regarding your background check.

Section 2: Reason and Mailing Options

  • Reason for background check.
  • Have you lived in Ohio for the last 5 years? Simply check yes or no.
    • Yes, means that you have lived in Ohio consecutively for the last 5 years.
    • No, means that you have not lived in Ohio consecutively for the last 5 years.
  • Direct Copy: Depends on the reason for the background check.
  • Mailing of Results: Results can be mailed to the address of your choice or picked up in person.

Section 3: Type and Payment Method

  • Type of background check depends on the reason for the background check, consult with the requesting department or your employer or call MUPD for assistance.
  • Select a payment method (payment will not be processed/collected until you report to MUPD).

Complete waiver and payment and report to the Miami University Police Department (located next to Ditmer Parking Lot at 4945 Oxford Trenton Road / across from the horse stables) to be fingerprinted. Make sure to bring a valid driver's licenses with you. If you do not have a driver's licenses refer to “What to bring” for guidance.

Section 4: Sign and Date

This portion is completed once you arrive at Miami University Police Department to be electronically fingerprinted.

Section 5: Account Number/Invoicing Address

This portion is completed only if a department or business is paying for the background check – leave blank if individual is paying.

Special Note: Please do not attempt to email the form containing your SSN.

Cost for Service

Ohio Background Check is $38.00.

FBI Background Check is $40.00.

Ohio and FBI Background Check is $63.00.

Black Ink Card is $14.00 (additional cost for multiple cards).

Turn Around Time

Results are mailed from London, Ohio to the address you provide at the time of service and typically take 7-10 business days. Results may be picked up in person at the Miami University Police Department and typically take 3-5 business days. Please note that on occasion results may be delayed and could take up to 30 days to receive.

Payment Methods

  • Charge to Bursar (Applies to Miami University Staff and Students only)
  • e-Check
  • Credit cards, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. 

If planning to pay by e check or credit card, the online payment link will be provided to customers prior to their scheduled appointment.

What to Bring

Bring a valid driver's license. If you do not have a driver's license, we will need you to bring one of the following along with a current photo ID: a passport, a state ID card, or a birth certificate. If you are under the age of 18, a parent consent form must be filled out before we can process the background check, please call to make arrangements.

Results from a previous background check

Miami University Police Department does not retain copies of the results from background checks.

  • Please consult with the agency or business to whom the results were originally mailed to and request a copy for your records.
  • MU Education majors please contact the Office of Student Teaching & Field Experience at 513-529-7245.
  • Background check results are typically good for one year.
  • Need additional assistance please contact Miami University Police Records and Information Office at or call 513-529-2226.

Additional Information

The FBI check can only be conducted when state legislation has been passed requiring the FBI check. The legislation must be approved by the FBI. BCI cannot process FBI background checks for individuals seeking employment, licensing, or volunteering in other states. If the reason for the background check request is not on the list of FBI reason codes on the Web Check workstation, a background check (black ink card) must be submitted to the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. Additional information regarding the FBI's Identity History Summary Check instructions please visit Identity History Summary Checks.

Request for a Background Check

Complete and submit the waiver prior to your appointment at the Police Services Center.

Background Check Waiver