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The Background Check or Police Clearance Certificate confirms whether you have a criminal record or not. The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) regularly processes about a million background checks. Police Clearance Certificate is a document that is issued by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), where you resided in Ohio, certifying that the applicant has never partaken in any criminal activity that led to the involvement of the Ohio state Police, and is also required when a person applies for an immigration status to other countries. In Ohio, the criminal record information is maintained at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).Person applying for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) are required to state the period of stay in Ohio. Documentary proof of stay is to be provided. First Entry and Last Exit date STAMP is also required. All pages of VISA (Colour Copy).It is issued to any individual who reside more than 6 months in Ohio.

Procedure of Getting Police Clearance Certificate

In Ohio, BCI completes such background checks by comparing fingerprints received against a database of criminal fingerprints to determine if there is a criminal record. You will have to write a letter to Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), where you resided in Ohio, stating that you require a PCC and that you are authorizing our organization to collect it on your behalf. You should send a written disclosure request to Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). Full set of fingerprints of both the hands obtained from the applicant’s at our lab on prescribed fingerprint form, certified by our official stamp of our organisation. The applicant should furnish his or her full name, date and place of birth, place and period of all residences in the Ohio, including full addresses. Applicant must apply with Completed Application Form (Personal Particular) provided by our Organization for Certificate of Background Check. The completed Application form should be submitted at the Our Organization. The Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in Ohio takes 2 to 3 weeks to process the application if no criminal record found. The certificate will be posted to the forwarding address as indicated by the applicants in the application.

Documents required for Police Clearance Certificate

  1. The application form or letter containing the information of applicant
  2. Full set of fingerprints of both the hands obtained from the applicant’s, duly attested by our Organization
  3. Copies of the first and last Ohio visas showing dates of arrival
  4. Self-attested coloured photocopies of your passports
  5. Two recent passport size photographs
  6. Completed Application Form (Personal Particular)
  7. A detailed covering letter stating the period of stay in Ohio and need for the said certificate. (including Addresses of Ohio)

Processing Time

Processing time is reportedly a maximum of 2 to 3 weeks under regular service at the mentioned address (The processing time will increases if a person was ever charged by the police)

Processing Fee

Applicable Fee.

Payment is non-refundable once the application is processed.

Police Certificate Issuing Authority

The State of Ohio
Office of the Attorney General
Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
1560 State Route 56 SW
P.O. Box 365
London, OH, 43140

Address of Embassy in India

U.S. Embassy,

Consular Section,

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri

New Delhi – 110021 

Police Clearance Certificate Check-list

Before leaving our office please verify the check-list that documents in order-

  1.  An application, consisting of the written request for police clearance certificate
  2. Prescribed Fingerprint Form (or a similar fingerprint form) duly attested by our Organization
  3. The applicant will need to provide an Authorization letter for this process
  4. Two coloured passport size Photographs
  5. Photocopies of Two Identification Documents
  6. Document (s) certifying you are working, were working are or living in Ohio
  7. Processing fees for application.